America’s Greatest Writer Dies

John Updike, my vote for greatest American writer of the 20th Century, died of lung cancer today. I was stunned. I had heard nothing about his illness. It was my privilege to meet him twice, most recently a year ago in Dallas.

I’ll have more to say, as will so many others, but right now I’m just flattened by this news. I can’t believe there will never be another of his wonderful books.

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