John Updike's colossal ambition.

Reading between the lines.
Dec. 4 2003 2:02 PM

Rabbit, Race

John Updike's colossal ambition.

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Archie MacLeish had it right, after all. Updike didn't belong in the top writing class at Harvard. He was in another league altogether.

Sam Tanenhaus is the editor of the New York Times Book Review and the author of The Death of Conservatism.