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."


  • Chapter 001

    Duração: 16min
  • Chapter 002

    Duração: 29min
  • Chapter 003

    Duração: 14min
  • Chapter 004

    Duração: 12min
  • Chapter 005

    Duração: 15min
  • Chapter 006

    Duração: 31min
  • Chapter 007

    Duração: 25min
  • Chapter 008

    Duração: 36min
  • Chapter 009

    Duração: 25min
  • Chapter 010

    Duração: 17min
  • Chapter 011

    Duração: 21min
  • Chapter 012

    Duração: 16min
  • Chapter 013

    Duração: 21min
  • Chapter 014

    Duração: 57min
  • sample-502

    Duração: 01min