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Introduction

This checklist continues the previous Modern Fiction Studies bibliography in the John Updike Number, Spring, 1974. Part I consists of general studies of Updike's work, Part II lists commentaries on individual books, and Part III contains interviews with Updike. Essentially, I have included only items of scholarly and critical interest, so most routine reviews from the popular press are not listed. Foreign criticism, short book notices, and items in encylopedias, handbooks, anthologies, histories of literature and newspapers are highly selective. Doctoral dissertations have not been included.

No adjective quite describes the sheer volume of Updike's prose and poetry. For those who believe that this production is commensurate with the highest quality of writing now being produced by an American writer, the wealth of commentary on Updike is not surprising. But such plenitude creates problems for the diligent bibliographer anxious to put into his colleagues' hands the most serviceable tool he can fashion. Imperfect [End Page 129] though it may of necessity be, this bibliography should help to make the fine quality of Updike scholarship all the richer.

I wish to acknowledge with pleasure the contributions of Leena Chakrabarti, Christina McGuire, Kristi Nimmo, Diana Wilson, and especially my indefatigable research assistant, Edyta Oczkowicz, graduate students in my Updike seminar in fall, 1989.

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I. General

*Adams, Timothy Dow. "Neither out Far nor in Deep: Religion and Suburbia in the Fiction of John Cheever, John Updike, and Walker Percy." Literature and the Visual Arts in Contemporary Society. Ed. Suzanne Ferguson and Barbara Groselclose. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 1985. 47-72.
Allen, Mary. "John Updike's Love of 'Dull Bovine Beauty.'" The Necessary Blankness: Women in Major American Fiction of the Nineteen Sixties. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1976. 97-132. (Reprinted in Modern Critical Views: John Updike. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 1987. 69-96.)
Amend, E. "George Hunt's John Updike and the Three Great Secret Things." Journal of the American Academy of Religion 50.1 (1982): 162-164.
Asselineau, Roger. The Transcendental Constant in American Literature. New York: New York UP, 1980. 3.
Bailey, Peter. "Notes on the Novel-as-Autobiography." Genre 14 (1981): 79-83.
Balbert, P. "Exuberances of Style in Pynchon and Updike: A Panoply of Metaphor." Studies in the Novel 15 (1983): 265-276.
Balitas, Vincent. "The Other John Updike by Donald Greiner." American Literature 54 (1982): 144-145.
*Blechner, Michael. "Tristan in Letter: Malory, C. S. Lewis, Updike." Tristania 6 (1980): 30-37.
Bloom, Harold. "Introduction." Modern Critical Views: John Updike. New York: Chelsea House, 1987. 1-8.
———, ed. Modern Critical Views: John Updike. New York: Chelsea House, 1987. (Includes: Harold Bloom, "Introduction"; John W. Aldridge, "The Private Vice of John Updike"; Richard H. Rupp, "John Updike: Style in Search of a Center"; David Lodge, "Post-Pill Paradise Lost: John Updike's Couples"; Tony Tanner, "A Compromised Environment"; Joyce Carol Oates, "Updike's American Couples"; Mary Allen, "John Updike's Love of 'Dull Bovine Beauty'"; James M. Mellard, "The Novel as Lyric Elegy: The Mode of Updike's The Centaur"; Jane Barnes, "John Updike: A Literary Spider"; Cynthia [End Page 130] Ozick, "Bech, Passing"; Donald J. Greiner, "The Coup"; Chronology; and Bibliography.)
*Bodmer, George R. "Sounding the Fourth Alarm: Identity and the Masculine Tradition in the Fiction of Cheever and Updike." Gender Studies: New Directions in Feminist Criticism. Ed. Judith Spender. Bowling Green: Popular, 1986. 148-161.
*Borgman, Paul. "Beyond Survival: Leisure Stalemate and Redemption and the Later Fiction of John Updike and Walker Percy." Reformed Journal 27 (1977): 18-23.
Bozeman, Pat. John Updike: An Exhibition. M. D. Anderson Library: University Park, Texas: 1985.
Bruccolli, Mary. Dictionary of Literary Biography: Documentary Series: An Illustrated Chronicle. Vol. 3. Detroit: Gale, 1983. 251-320.
Campbell, Jeff H. Updike's Novels: Thorns Spell a Word. Wichita Falls: Midwestern State UP, 1987.
Cheever, Benjamin. The Letters of John Cheever. New York: Simon, 1988. 280, 285-287, 294-295, 298, 312, 321, 326-327, 354, 355, 362, 363-364, 366-367, 372.
Coale, Samuel C. "Marriage in Contemporary American Literature: The Mismatched Marriages of Manichean Minds." Thought...

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1080-658X
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pp. 129-156
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2009-01-01
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