While his works were both praised and dismissed by critics for political views and levels of depth, Updike has been considered a major American literary figure. He also wrote The Witches of Eastwick and its recent sequel, The Widows of Eastwick, dozens of poems and essays, some of which are included in his most recent anthology, Still Looking: essays on American Art.
“Art is, as I understand it, reality passed through a human mind” "John (Hoyer) Updike." Contemporary Novelists, 7th ed. St. James Press, 2001. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2009. available through Online Resources at www.glendalepubliclibrary.org with a current library card.