He authored many books, the most recent of which (The Widows of Eastwick) was published last October. He was a prolific writer and winner of most of the literary awards available, except for the Nobel. (He wrote a story in which the character did win the Nobel.)
I never had the pleasure of meeting John Updike, but I felt as if I knew him and I shall miss him just the same. I always had a dream that in 2011 he would surprise me with another Rabbit book. Sadly, that dream is not to be.
John Updike left us with many thought-provoking quotes:
"Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them."
"Born laughing, I’ve believed in the absurd,
Which brought me this far; henceforth, if I can,
I must impersonate a serious man."
"The artist brings something into the world that didn't exist before and he does it without destroying something else.”
And my favorite quote:
"Life is like an overlong drama through which we sit being nagged by the vague memories of having read the reviews.”
Godspeed, John Updike. We will miss you.