James Yerkes is a retired professor of religion and philosophy who lives in Surry, Maine. He is the editor of John Updike and Religion: The Sense of the Sacred and the Motions of Grace (Eerdmans).
It takes a village
When Knopf advertised Updike’s novel as “a Bildungsroman describing the education, romantic and otherwise, of Owen Mackenzie,” critics knew that the ending would ...
December 27, 2004
Saying the unsayable
Exploring the extraordinary ordinary dimensions of our lives has always been John Updike’s métier, in which he is peerless among American mid-20th-ce...
December 12, 2003
Beyond a doubt
Seek My Face: A Novel. By John Updike. Knopf, 274 pp., $23.00....
October 9, 2002
Speak What We Feel (Not What We Ought to Say), by Frederick Buechner
If this is not Frederick Buechner's valedictory volume it surely could be, given the pathos of his "Afterword": "If somebody a while back had offered me a thousand more years, I would have leapt a...
December 18, 2001
Gertrude and Claudius, by John Updike
John Updike's 19th novel, plotted as a "prequel" to Shakespeare's Hamlet, is a beautifully crafted, captivating story....
February 22, 2000
A dark thread runs through it
More Matter: Essays and Criticism, by John Updike...
November 16, 1999
Wound down and winding up
By John Updike, Bech at Bay. (Knopf, 241 pp.)...
October 20, 1998
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