Updike on the Witches Revisited

October 24, 2008

This article on Culture Vulture is a very interesting piece that cuts deep into the background of John Updike and why/what he writes. Basically he calls himself a chauvinist, but only to the point to expose the pointlessness of claiming that one sex is more powerful than another. That is part of the idea behind his novel, The Witches of Eastwick, being that even when women are in power they are corruptible and make the same mistakes that men do. It is interesting then that he chose to revisit the characters in the new novel, The Widows of Eastwick, basically using them as a vehicle to talk about his own mortality. It’s almost as if the Witches series was designed to mirror the life of Updike…or maybe not.


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