Online Collection

John Updike Oral History

Object Number: 2008.001.0001
Category: Oral Histories
Oral history interview subject: John Updike
Oral history interviewer: Stephen Fagin
Type of Object: Oral history
Dimensions: 14 Minutes
Medium: DVD-R
Videotaped oral history interview with John Updike. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Updike was a prolific American novelist, poet and literary critic. He was at a dental appointment in Massachusetts when he learned that President Kennedy had been shot. He wrote a short piece in "The New Yorker" in response to the assassination.

Interview conducted at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza on January 10, 2008 by Associate Curator Stephen Fagin. The interview is fourteen minutes long.

The video attached to this record is an excerpt. The entire interview is available in our Reading Room to on-site researchers or by submitting a Rights & Reproductions Request Form.
Curator's Notes

Mr. Updike passed away on January 27, 2009. His memories of being in the dentist chair when he learned of the Kennedy assassination were incorporated into his best-selling 1968 novel Couples. - Stephen Fagin, Associate Curator

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