Posted on March 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Famous authors have been known, from time to time, to deploy their wit against one another.

John Updike, who was born on this day in 1932, took a slightly gentler approach.

The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes wasn’t afraid to write a negative review of other writers’ works, but Literary Hub points out that he often phrased them in an empathetic way.

Instead of simply observing the novels’ shortcomings, he expressed regret that the author had fallen short of a particular goal.

Read excerpts from Updike’s kind-but-unkind reviews at Lit Hub.

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