A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 18, 1982

In it's April 26, 1968, cover story, TIME said of Novelist John Updike, then 36 and author of the just published Couples: "He has ignored the mainstream of contemporary Western fiction. Nearly every important American writer works from an assumption that society is at best malevolent and stupid, at worst wholly lunatic. Updike dares to hope for both the reality of God and the sanity of society. "This week, 14 years, 14 books and many prestigious literary awards later, TIME once again has chosen Updike as its cover subject. Only four other novelists...

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