Group celebrates the lifetime of writer John Updike on ninetieth birthday

SHILLINGTON, Pa.- A particular occasion passed off Friday at John Updike’s Childhood residence celebrating what would have been the writer’s 90th birthday.


“We determined that this 1st birthday after our grand opening was such a momentous, monumental one which we should always have fun,” says Maria Lester, Director of Training for John Updike’s Childhood House. 

So, neighborhood members, educators and even a really particular particular person in John Updike’s life got here to learn 90 minutes of his poetry and prose.

Jacqueline Kendall met John Updike in 5th grade.  She was his first childhood crush and the recipient of a number of adoring poems.

“He handed this in school,” says Kendall displaying a duplicate of a paper he’d drawn and written on.  “He simply scribbled that shortly and why I saved it, I do not know, as a result of at that cut-off date as kids I had no clue that this man was going to achieve success.”


Nonetheless, at simply ten years outdated his affinity for phrases was obvious.

“To 1 I can adore, Jackie, the aromatic fantastic thing about violets, dew laden within the morn beside the loveliness of you appears fairly darn forlorn,” reads Kendall of Updike’s 5th grade writings. 

 Lester says there was no extra becoming technique to honor him on this milestone Heavenly birthday, than by ensuring his works of literature reside on within the place the place he spent his youth.

“It is my mission to get Updike within the fingers of Berks County college students,” says Lester. 

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