NABOKV-L post 0017628, Tue, 27 Jan 2009 18:18:40 -0500

John Updike dies at 76 ...

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Acclaimed writer John Updike dies at 76
January 27, 2009 04:33 PM

By Mark Feeney, Globe Staff

John Updike, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, whose jeweled prose and quicksilver intellect made him for decades one of America's foremost literary figures, died today. He was 76.

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“There's a kind of confessional impulse that not every literate, intelligent person has,” Mr. Updike said in his 1990 Globe interview. “A crazy belief that you have some exciting news about being alive, and I guess that, more than talent, is what separates those who do it from those who think they'd like to do it. That your witness to the universe can't be duplicated, that only you can provide it, and that it's worth providing.”

In addition to his wife, Mr. Updike leaves two sons, David of Cambridge; Michael, of Newburyport; two daughters, Miranda, of Ipswich, and Elizabeth, of Maynard; three stepsons, John Bernhard, of Lexington, Jason Bernhard, of New York City, and Frederic Bernhard, of New Canaan, Conn.; seven grandchildren; and seven step-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were pending.

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