The Complete Henry Bech

By John Updike; Malcolm Bradbury (Introduction by)
(Everyman's Library, Hardcover, 9780375411762, 544pp.)

Publication Date: March 20, 2001

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Since tales of his exploits began appearing in "The New Yorker" more than thirty years ago, Henry Bech, John Updike's playfully irreverent alter-ego, has charmed readers with his aesthetic dithering and his seemingly inexhaustible libido. The Bech stories--collected in one volume for the first time, and featuring a final, series-capping story, "His Oeuvre"--cast an affectionate eye on the famously unproductive Jewish-American writer, offering up a stream of wit, whimsy, and lyric pungency unmatched in American letters.

From his birth in 1923 to his belated paternity and public apotheosis as a spry septuagenarian in 1999, Bech plugs away, globetrotting in the company of foreign dignitaries one day and schlepping in tattered tweeds on the college lecture circuit the next. By turns cynical and naIve, wry and avuncular, and always amorous, he is Updike's most endearing confection--a Lothario, a curmudgeon, and a winsome literary icon all in one. A perfect forum for Updike's limber prose, "The Complete Henry Bech" is an arch portrait of the literary life in America from an incomparable American writer.
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About the Author
John Updike's novels have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the American Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Award, and the Howells Medal. He died of lung cancer in 2009, at age 75.

Malcolm Bradbury (1932-2000) was a well-known novelist, critic, and academic whose writing students included Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro. His previous books include "Eating People is Wrong," "The History Man," "Rates of Exchange," -which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize-and "Doctor Criminale," He was awarded a knighthood in 1999.
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