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John Updike: Life in pictures

John Updike in France

Pulitzer Prize winner John Updike has died at the age of 76, suffering from lung cancer. He was a prolific writer, completing 50 books during his long career.

John Updike

Updike's first novel, The Poorhouse Fair, was published in 1959, followed the next year by Rabbit, Run, introducing his most enduring, if not endearing, character, Harold "Rabbit" Angstrom.

John Updike, left, won the National Book Award in 1963 for his novel The Centaur.

Among many accolades, John Updike, left, won the National Book Award in 1963 for his novel The Centaur, and critical acclaim continued.

John Updike

But he gained popular success with Couples, published in 1968, a tale of adultery among middle-class couples in a small New England town.

John Updike with child

He was twice married and had four children. He died in a hospice near his home in Massachusetts, US.

John Updike in his study

He said of his subject matter: "I try to make interesting narratives out of ordinary life by obscure and average Americans."

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