M y earliest short story, "Ace in the Hole", was submitted towards the end of by a married Harvard senior to Albert Guerard's creative-writing course. Guerard, the very model of a cigarette-addicted Gallic intellectual, liked the story - he said it frightened him, an existential compliment - and suggested I send it to the New Yorker, which turned it down. The next year, though, after my story "Friends from Philadelphia" and some poems had been accepted by the magazine in my first post-collegiate summer, I resubmitted "Ace in the Hole" and it was accepted. It was run in April , towards the back of the magazine; such was the reading public's appetite for fiction then that "casuals" a curious in-house term lumping fiction and humour appeared in "the back of the book" as well as up front.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Ace in the Hole by John Updike. The extraordinarily evocative stories depict the generation born in a small-town America during the Depression and growing up in a world where the old sexual morality was turned around and material comforts were easily had.
Yet, as these stories reflect so accurately, life was still unsettling, and Updike chronicles telling moments both joyful and painful. The texts are ta The extraordinarily evocative stories depict the generation born in a small-town America during the Depression and growing up in a world where the old sexual morality was turned around and material comforts were easily had. The texts are taken from his recent omnibus, The Early Stories, In describing how he wrote these stories in a small, rented, smoke-filled office in Ipswitch, Massachusetts, he says, "I felt that I was packaging something as delicately pervasive as smoke, one box after another, in that room, where my only duty was to describe reality as it had come to me -- to give the mundane its beautiful due.
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Readers also enjoyed. About John Updike. John Updike. John Hoyer Updike was an American writer. Describing his subject as "the American small town, Protestant middle class," Updike is well known for his careful craftsmanship and prolific writing, havin John Hoyer Updike was an American writer. Describing his subject as "the American small town, Protestant middle class," Updike is well known for his careful craftsmanship and prolific writing, having published 22 novels and more than a dozen short story collections as well as poetry, literary criticism and children's books.
Hundreds of his stories, reviews, and poems have appeared in The New Yorker since the s. His works often explore sex, faith, and death, and their inter-relationships. He died of lung cancer at age Books by John Updike. Related Articles. Philippa Gregory's Favorite Fictional Heroines. Philippa Gregory is best known for reimagining the lives of famous royal women in bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Read more Trivia About Ace in the Hole No trivia or quizzes yet.
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Ace In The Hole
By Jim Higgins of the Journal Sentinel. The Library of America recently published 'John Updike: The Collected Stories,' a two-volume boxed set of stories arranged in chronological order. In a post last week , I explained what's not in this collection and vented a little about that. Now, let's get on to the stories. I'm planning to read one or more a week and comment on them each Wednesday until I finish the collection or fall apart. The first volume opens with "Ace in the Hole" , which Updike wrote for an advanced creative-writing class at Harvard.
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