More Matter: Essays and Criticism.

Inscribed by John Updike To His Friend With A Drawing Of Santa Claus

More Matter: Essays and Criticism.



Item Number: 3569

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999.

First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author to his friend and golfing partner in the year of publication, “For Peter Vermilze matters to be consumed in small tasty bites Merry Christmas John Updike 12/25/99." Updike has also drawn a nice drawing of Santa Claus. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

John Updike's fiftieth book and fifth collection of assorted prose, most of it first published in The New Yorker, brings together eight years' worth of essays, criticism, addresses, introductions, humorous feuilletons, and -- in a concluding section, "Personal Matters" -- paragraphs on himself and his work. More matter, indeed, in an age which, his introduction states, wants "real stuff -- the dirt, the nitty gritty -- and not . . . the obliquities and tenuosities of fiction."

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