John Updike, Literary Heavyweight

John Updike, one of the great writers of the 20th century, died this morning from lung cancer. He was 76

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Author John Updike

The crown of "greatness" never sat easily on the snowcapped head of John Updike, one of the great writers of the 20th century, who died from lung cancer on Tuesday at the age of 76. He grew up a clever, stuttering child in small-town Pennsylvania and went to college at Harvard, where he served as head of the Lampoon, the campus humor magazine, rather than its storied literary magazine, the Advocate. He dabbled in cartooning, and his first published work in the New Yorker consisted of light verse. (See pictures of John...

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