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By John Updike

John Updike's first number of verse due to the fact that his Collected Poems, 1953-1993 brings jointly fifty-eight poems, 3 of them of substantial length.

The 4 sections absorb, so as: the United States, its towns and airplanes; the poet's lifestyles, his youth, birthdays, and diseases; overseas trip, to Europe and the tropics; and, starting with the lengthy "Song of Myself," everyday life, its furnishings and consolations.

There is little of the sunshine verse with which Mr. Updike all started his writing profession approximately fifty years in the past, yet a gentle contact will be felt in his nimble manipulation of the ghosts of metric order, in his caressing of the dwelling textures of items, and in his reluctance to wave see you later to all of it.

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It is knowledge the reader gains as part of the unstated or at least understated emotions of the involved character. After having said that they had known each other as children, Renata had not spoken again (while Cantwell and the Gran Maestro discussed good wines) until she was asked what she wanted for dessert. She is then remembered by Cantwell as having been “quiet and a little withdrawn. . ” When Cantwell had asked her what was wrong, she had been distant. And when he asked her if he had to take it “like a corn cob,” she had said, “No .

What usually happens is that over time the stories get exaggerated, sometimes to such an extent that readers no longer have an accurate picture of the event or the life. That seems to be what has happened to Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway studies has reached a point that edges close to “mythomania,” and those interested in his life will either have to stop accepting as important—and passing it on as biographical fact—stories that crop up about him or allude to him regularly in the media; or, collectively, readers will have to admit that Hemingway is a writer for whom what he wrote is secondary to who he was.

He made the short, declarative sentence an ideal for legions of subsequent writers. It has been said that half of all 20th-century American writers tried to imitate Hemingway’s style and the other half tried not to. John Updike says in a foreword to the book John Updike: The Early Stories 1953–1975 (2003) that his own “main debt . . ” Hemingway’s “style” is seen in part as an attempt by the author to provide the reader with enough detail of a character’s experience that the reader feels something of that experience him- or herself.

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