Boswell Reflects on the Death of John Updike

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Publication Date: 1/29/2009

Photo: Boswell with Updike
Prof. Marshall Boswell with John Updike

As the literary world mourns the loss of a literary lion, Rhodes has a resident expert to explain the depth of that loss. Marshall Boswell, the T.K. Young Professor of English at Rhodes, is the author of the book-length study, John Updike’s Rabbit Tetralogy: Mastered Irony in Motion (University of Missouri Press), as well as a contributor The Cambridge Companion to John Updike.

Boswell’s take? “For me, it′s a no brainer: of the major American writers who emerged after World War II, Updike is indisputably in the top three.” To learn the other two and the logic behind his choices, see Updike for the Ages.