Acclaimed writer John Updike dies of lung cancer

john updike dies of lung cancer

Literary icon John Updike died of lung cancer Tuesday in Massachusetts, his publisher Alfred Knopf announced. He was 76.

“It is with great sadness that I report that John Updike died this morning at the age of 76, after a battle with lung cancer. He was one of our greatest writers, and he will be sorely missed,” Knopf said.

Updike, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner is considered as one of America’s greatest authors and his books often made it into the best-seller lists.

They included The Witches of Eastwick, which was turned into a movie starring Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeifer and Cher.

In about 50 books over half-a-century, he chronicled sex, divorce and other aspects of life in post-war America.

He began publishing in the 1950s, achieving his greatest acclaim for his “Rabbit” series of novels published between 1960 and 2001.

Rabbit is Rich,” published in 1981, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Ten years after, “Rabbit at Rest” won a second Pulitzer.

Born in Pennsylvania, he studied English at Harvard University, where he contributed to, and later edited, the Harvard Lampoon magazine. He later joined the writing staff of the New Yorker.