I don't know if anyone thinks he deserves consideration for the greatest English fiction of the last century, but I anticipate that I will enjoy the two I selected (The Witches of Eastwick and In the Beauty of the Lilies) as a nice diversion from the kinds of things I might normally read. I expect Pulitzer winning authors to at least write in a style that I will find engaging . . .
I am intrigued by this quote I read in the NY Times obituary linked above:
What motifs should I be looking for as I read Mr. Updike for the first time?
“My subject is the American Protestant small-town middle class,” Mr. Updike told Jane Howard in a 1966 interview for Life magazine. “I like middles,” he continued. “It is in middles that extremes clash, where ambiguity restlessly rules.”