The Poorhouse Fair

The Poorhouse Fair Cover

The Poorhouse Fair

By John Updike

Knopf Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780394410500, 208pp.

Publication Date: February 12, 1977

Description
"The Poorhouse Fair, " John Updike's first novel, was written in 1957 and published in January of 1959. For this, its sixth printing, the author has appended an introduction discussing the book's inspiration, its aesthetic sources and models in classics of science fiction, and the way in which its future (projected to be about 1977) compares with the present. "The Poorhouse Fair" was hailed at the time of its publication as a rare and beautiful achievement and a work of intellectual imagination and great charity. Though its future has degenerated into our present, and Updike's later work is better known, such critics as Henry Bech have hailed this little novel as, still, surely his masterpiece.


About the Author
John Updike was born in 1932, in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New Yorker, and since 1957 has lived in Massachusetts. He is the author of fifty-odd previous books, including twenty novels and numerous collections of short stories, poems, and criticism. His fiction has 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.