WASHINGTON (May 23, 2008)—John Updike, Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and internationally known author and critic, presented the 37th annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities in Washington last night. Nearly 2,000 guests were present at the Warner Theatre to hear Mr. Updike speak on American art. His lecture, “The Clarity of Things,” has been made available on the .
Martin Amis on John Updike: Joyce thought certain things too embarrassing to be written down. Updike was congenitally unembarrassable
In 1966, when John Updike was first asked to do a Paris Review interview, he refused: “Perhaps I have written fiction because everything unambiguously expressed seems somehow crass to me; and when the subject is myself, I want to jeer and weep. Also, I really don't have a great deal to tell interviewers; the little I learned about life and the art of fiction I try to express in my work.”