29 Jan 2009

US author John Updike dies

6:02 am on 29 January 2009

One of America's greatest modern writers, John Updike, has died from lung cancer at the age of 76.

Updike, who chronicled American suburban life with searing wit,

was best-known internationally for his series of four novels and a novella about the life of Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom through the latter decades of the 20th century, and for the novel The Witches of Eastwick.

Also a poet, short-story writer and essayist he won the Pulitzer Prize twice. British novelist Ian McEwan, who was a friend, says he was a literary giant.