John Hoyer Updike was born on March 18, 1932 in Reading, PA, a mid-sized manufacturing town located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. His mother, Linda Grace (Hoyer) Updike, was a homemaker with artistic aspirations, while his father, Wesley Russell Updike, was a beleaguered, though beloved, high-school science teacher. An only child, Updike spent the first 13 years of his life in the small town of Shillington, PA, in a tight-knit household that also included his mother's parents, John and Katherine Hoyer. A trolley line ran right past his house, while Shillington High School, where his father worked, sat nestled just behind the backyard. The family did not even own a car. In his 1989 memoir, Self-Consciousness, Updike w…
Boswell, Marshall. "John Updike". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 March 2004; last revised 15 February 2009.
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