The John Updike Audio Collection

The John Updike Audio Collection


The extraordinarily evocative stories depict the generation born in a small-town America during the Depression and growing up in a world where the old sexual morality was turned around and material comforts were easily had. Yet, as these stories reflect so accurately, life was still unsettling, and Updike chronicles telling moments both joyful and painful. The texts are taken from his recent omnibus, The Early Stories, 1953-1975.

In describing how he wrote these stories in a small, rented, smoke-filled office in Ipswitch, Massachusetts, he says, "I felt that I was packaging something as delicately pervasive as smoke, one box after another, in that room, where my only duty was to describe reality as it had come to me -- to give the mundane its beautiful due."

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  • Chapter 001
    Duration: 16min
  • Chapter 002
    Duration: 29min
  • Chapter 003
    Duration: 14min
  • Chapter 004
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 005
    Duration: 15min
  • Chapter 006
    Duration: 31min
  • Chapter 007
    Duration: 25min
  • Chapter 008
    Duration: 36min
  • Chapter 009
    Duration: 25min
  • Chapter 010
    Duration: 17min
  • Chapter 011
    Duration: 21min
  • Chapter 012
    Duration: 16min
  • Chapter 013
    Duration: 21min
  • Chapter 014
    Duration: 57min
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    Duration: 01min