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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Welcome to Spring 2018!
Thursday, January 18, 7:30–9:00 p.m. | Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Boulevard at Greenbriar. Parking information distributed to subscribers.
An Intimate Concert of Modern and Contemporary Music of Mexico
Tuesday, January 23, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Private home. Address to subscribers.
Comida en la Cuidad
Tuesday, February 6, noon | Caracol Restaurant, 2200 Post Oak Boulevard, 77056
PLEASE NOTE: COMIDA EN LA CUIDAD IS FULLY SUBSCRIBED.
Modern Architecture in Mexico City
Tuesday, February 20, 12:00-1:30 P.M. | Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University
Thomas Jefferson: The Essential Democrat
Three Wednesdays, February 21, 28 and March 7, 6:30-8:00 P.M. | Covenant Church, 4949 Caroline, 77004
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