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American author John Updike dies at 76

world Updated: Jan 28, 2009 09:37 IST
American author John Updike dies at 76

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist John Updike has died of lung cancer, aged 76, his publicist said on Tuesday.

Updike, creator of the memorable small-town character Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom and novelist Henry Bech, drew much of his inspiration from personal experience growing up near Reading in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Born March 18, 1932, Updike lived a solitary life as an only child, spending his teenage years on a secluded farm with his parents and grandparents before winning a scholarship to study English at Harvard University.

Updike, considered one of the most important writers in post-war American literature, won the Pulitzer twice - first for "Rabbit is Rich" and later for "Rabbit at Rest".

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