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John Updike, Jan. 27, age 76: Updike was a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and erudite chronicler of sex, divorce and other adventures in the postwar prime of the American upper middle class. His Rabbit novels ("Rabbit, Run," "Rabbit Redux," "Rabbit Is Rich," etc.) gave him wide acclaim, but he was also an acclaimed writer of short stories, poetry and criticism, much of which appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books and The New York Times. Martin Amis said, "He is certainly one of the great American novelists of the 20th century."