Perennial Promises Kept

COVER STORY

For John Updike at 50, Bech tops off a very good year

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your tour guide speaking, welcoming you once again to the New England literary express. We ve already visited the houses of Hawthorne, Melville and Robert Frost. Next, a live one. Our bus is 25 miles north of Boston and nearing the seaside home of John Updike. Get your cameras ready. You will find the author's barony photogenic, and the author, if we should spot him, has weathered well himself. It might interest you to know that our subject and his...

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