John Updike
John Updike (1932-2009) was an American novelist, poet, short story writer and essayist. He is perhaps best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom series, including the novels Rabbit, Run, Rabbit Redux, Rabbit is Rich and a novella entitled Rabbit Remembered. He began his career as a staff writer with The New Yorker and became associated with the publication, despite only working there for two years. Besides writing more than twenty novels and many short story and poetry collections, Updike was also considered one of the best American literature and art critics of his generation.

John Updike’s first book to be published was a poetry collection entitled The Carpentered Hen and Other Tame Creatures. The next year, he came out with his first short story collection, entitled The Same Door. Finally, his debut novel was the 1960 novel Rabbit, Run, which Time magazine listed as one of the 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Below is a list of John Updike’s books in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom Books

Publication Order of Henry Bech Books

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Publication Order of Buchanan Books

Buchanan Dying (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Memories of the Ford Administration (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Scarlet Letter Trilogy Books

Publication Order of Maples Stories Collections

Too Far to Go (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Maples Stories (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Eastwick Books

The Witches of Eastwick (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Widows of Eastwick (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Poorhouse Fair (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Centaur (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Of the Farm (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Couples (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Marry Me (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Coup (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Your Lover Just Called (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
More Stately Mansions (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Brazil (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
In the Beauty of the Lilies (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Toward the End of Time (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Gertrude and Claudius (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Seek My Face (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Villages (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Terrorist (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Women Who Got Away (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Short Stories Books

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Same Door, Short Stories (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Telephone Poles and Other Poems (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Olinger Stories (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Music School (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Midpoint and Other Poems (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dance of the Solids (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cunts- Signed Limited Edition (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Tossing and Turning (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Problems and Other Stories (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Valentine Generation And Other Stories (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Carpentered Hen (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Facing Nature (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Trust Me (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Afterlife and Other Stories (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Friends from Philadelphia and Other Stories (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Licks of Love (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Americana (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Early Stories (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Three Trips (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
My Father's Tears and Other Stories (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Endpoint and Other Poems (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Rich In Russia (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Collected Later Stories (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Collected Early Stories (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hoping for a Hoopoe (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Picture Books

Magic Flute (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Twelve Terrors of Christmas (With: Edward Gorey) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Assorted Prose (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Picked-Up Pieces (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hugging the Shore (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Self-Consciousness (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Just Looking (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Odd Jobs (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Golf Dreams (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
More Matter (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Still Looking (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Due Considerations (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Higher Gossip (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Always Looking (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
In Love with a Wanton (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Poetry Collections

Seventy Poems (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Collected Poems, 1953-1993 (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Helpful Alphabet of Friendly Objects (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Selected Poems (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Edward Gorey Picture Books

(with Edward Gorey)

The Doubtful Guest (By: Edward Gorey) (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Object-Lesson (By: Edward Gorey) (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Fatal Lozenge (By: Edward Gorey) (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Sinking Spell (By: Edward Gorey) (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Remembered Visit (By: Edward Gorey) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Utter Zoo (By: Edward Gorey) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Blue Aspic (By: Edward Gorey) (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Other Statue (By: Edward Gorey) (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Osbick Bird (By: Edward Gorey) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Sopping Thursday (By: Edward Gorey) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Eleventh Episode (By: Edward Gorey) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Lost Lions (By: Edward Gorey) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Glorious Nosebleed (By: Edward Gorey) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Twelve Terrors of Christmas (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Beastly Baby (By: Edward Gorey) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Thoughtful Alphabets (By: Edward Gorey) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Halloween Treat (By: Edward Gorey) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Contemporary Literature and the Life of Faith Books

(with Anne Tyler, Flannery O'Connor, Raymond Carver, Tillie Olsen, Wendell Berry, John Cheever, Alice Walker, Louise Erdrich, Robert Olen Butler, Mary Gordon, Garrison Keillor, Allegra Goodman, Tess Gallagher, Tobias Wolff, James Baldwin, Gail Godwin, Annie Dillard, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Reynolds Price, Oscar Hijuelos, Richard Rodríguez, Patricia Hampl, Kathleen Norris, Kent Haruf, Peter Hawkins, SueMiller, Doris Betts, Frederick Buechner, Paula J. Carlson, Peter S. Hawkins, Carol Bly, Andrew Dubus, MichaelMalone, Alice Elliot Dark)

Listening for God Reader, Vol. 1 (By: Flannery O'Connor,Raymond Carver,Alice Walker,Garrison Keillor,Annie Dillard,Richard Rodríguez,Patricia Hampl,Peter Hawkins,Frederick Buechner,Paula J. Carlson,Peter S. Hawkins) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Listening for God, Vol. 2 (With: Anne Tyler,Tobias Wolff,Gail Godwin,Henry Louis Gates Jr.,Kathleen Norris,Paula J. Carlson,Peter S. Hawkins,Carol Bly,Andrew Dubus) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Listening for God, Vol. 3 (By: Tillie Olsen,Wendell Berry,John Cheever,Louise Erdrich,Mary Gordon,Tess Gallagher,Reynolds Price,Oscar Hijuelos,Paula J. Carlson,Peter S. Hawkins) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Listening For God, Vol. 4 (By: Robert Olen Butler,Allegra Goodman,James Baldwin,Kent Haruf,SueMiller,Doris Betts,Paula J. Carlson,Peter S. Hawkins,MichaelMalone,Alice Elliot Dark) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Anthologies

Points of View(1956)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
50 Great American Short Stories(1963)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Ten Modern American Short Stories(1965)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Prize Stories 1970: The O. Henry Awards(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Best American Short Stories 1984(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Great Baseball Stories(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Best American Short Stories 1991(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Short Story: 30 Masterpieces(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Literary Traveller(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
First Fiction: An Anthology of the First Published Stories by Famous Writers(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Deadly Sins(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Listening for God, Vol. 2(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Our Mothers' Spirits: Great Writers on the Death of Mothers and the Grief of Men(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Best American Mystery Stories 1999(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Wonderful Town(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Best American Short Stories of the Century(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
40 Short Stories: A Portable Anthology(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Writers on Writing(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Best American Short Stories 2001(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Baseball: a Literary Anthology(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Classic Erotic Tales(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Best American Erotica 2006(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The New Granta Book of the American Short Story(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
FIRST WORDS: Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary Authors(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Writers: Their Lives and Works(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Reel Verse: Poems about the Movies(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Notes: The Best American Short Stories 1984 was co-edited with Shannon Ravenel. The Best American Short Stories of the Century was co-edited alongside Katrina Kenison.

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John Updike Synopsis: In John Updike’s first novel, Rabbit, Run, Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom was once the star player for his high school basketball team. And now he’s in his mid-20s, work is uninteresting, his marriage is rocky to say the least and the solution seems to be an affair. But happiness isn’t as easy to acquire as a medal. Harry must run from his wife, his life and from himself until he gets to a point where he cannot turn around and go back.

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