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The Poorhouse Fair

A Novel

by John Updike

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"Brilliant . . . Here is the conflict of real ideas; of real personalities; here is a work of intellectual imagination and great charity. The Poorhouse Fair is a work of art."—The New York Times Book Review
The hero of John Updike's first novel, published when the author was twenty-six, is ninety-four-year-old John Hook, a dying man who yet refuses to be dominated. His world is a poorhouse—a county home for the aged and infirm—overseen by Stephen Conner, a righteous young man who considers it his duty to know what is best for others. The action of the novel unfolds over a single summer's day, the day of the poorhouse's annual fair, a day of escalating tensions between Conner and the rebellious Hook. Its climax is a contest between progress and tradition, benevolence and pride, reason and faith.
Praise for The Poorhouse Fair
"A first novel of rare precision and real merit . . . a rich poorhouse indeed."—Newsweek

"Turning on a narrow plot of ground, it achieves the rarity of bounded, native truth, and comes forth as microcosm."—Commonweal

Publication Details

Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Imprint:
Random House
Publication Date:
2012

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John Updike (Author)

John Updike was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania, in 1932. He graduated from Harvard College in 1954 and spent a year in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of the staff of The New York...

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