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John Szmyd McAllister 10/1/06 APE John Updike John Updike is one of the greatest contemporary American writers, the prolific author of popular novels, short stories, and poems. He was born in 1932, raised in Shillington, Pennsylvania. As a child, Updike had a stutter and suffered from psoriasis (Dickstein 787). Nevertheless, his mother encouraged him successfully to pursue English, particularly writing. Updike would dedicate his life to writing and withstood “the more chronic depredations on an American writer’s productivity: drink, the extremes of isolation or cliquishness, and above all, early burnout” (Gray 8). He lived a good, albeit boring life, thus few of his stories are autobiographical. Updike earned a scholarship to Harvard, where he studied English, drawing, and fine arts. He graduated summa cum laude in 1954. While studying there, he married his first wife, Mary Pennington, with whom he had four children (Dickstein 787). After his education, Updike wrote for The New Yorker .
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