John Updike’s America

Three Wednesdays, November 16, 30, and December 14, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. | Lectures by Professor Terrence Doody

When John Updike quit his job at the New Yorker and moved away from that literary scene to suburban Massachusetts, he set his task as a book a year. That was fifty years ago and he's done it - an incomparable achievement for a writer to whom the last half-century has not offered the spacious temporal field that the nineteenth century gave Balzac and Trollope. Yet, like them, Updike has now provided, in novels, stories, poems, reviews, and essays, more than one generation with a detailed account of the life of their time that few of his peers, if any, can even approach. He seems to know everything intimately and writes like the "Archangel" in Pigeon Feathers, whose"pleasures" are as specific as they are everlasting.”

To read an interview with John Updike, please click here.

Terrence Doody, professor of English at Rice University, will prepare us for John Updike's visit by discussing three of Updike's novels in the fall and three in the spring. This fall we will cover Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories; Rabbit, Run; and Couples (in this order). We will study the next three novels (to be announced) in January and February of the spring semester.

At the first class, participants may reserve, for a small additional charge, a ticket to the reading by John Updike, part of the Margarett Root Brown Inprint Reading Series at the Alley Theatre.


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Finishing up Spring 2018! 

Mexico City: Past, Present, Future
April 3-9
And our travelers are there in the present!


Gorbachev: His Life and Times
Monday, April 16, 6:30-8:00 P.M. | The Junior League, 1811 Briar Oaks Ln, 77027
Co-sponsored with World Affairs Council of Houston


Behind the Pages: A Conversation with William Middleton 
Tuesday, April 24, 6:30-8:00 P.M.


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