Rabbit Stew

Giving away the ending of a movie or novel is considered very bad form. But for weeks Manhattan's literary gossip has been twittering with the news that John Updike's Rabbit at Rest, which will be published in October, concludes with the death of its hero. What's more, Updike himself has been fueling this story, both in a June speech at the American Booksellers' Association convention in Las Vegas and in the New York Times Book Review. How to explain all this fuss about the fate of an imaginary character? Well, Harry C. ("Rabbit") Angstrom first appeared 30 years ago in Rabbit,...