Born on March 18, 1932, in Reading, Pennsylvania, John Updike is the author of more than 50 novels, poetry collections, short-story collections, and nonfiction books. He is one of four authors to win the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction more than once (both times for his Rabbit novels). In addition to being an author, Updike was also a literary and art critic.
We've collected six quotes from a previous Writer's Digest interview with Updike. In these quotes, Updike covers storytelling, poetry, success, and more.
6 John Updike Quotes for Writers and About Writing
"It never gets easier. But, I've written enough now that I wonder if I'm not in danger of having said my say and of repeating myself."
"It's a rare life so dull that no crisis ever intrudes."
"Many are called, few are chosen, but it might be you."
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"Poetry makes you a little more sensitive to the word-by-word interest of prose."
"We're past the age of heroes and hero kings. If we can't make up stories about ordinary people, who can we make them up about?"
"When I reread myself, it's the poetry I tend to look at. It's the most exciting to write, and it's over the quickest."