John Updike's first collection of nonfiction pieces, published in 1965 when the author was thirty-three, is a diverting and illuminating gambol through midcentury America and the writer's youth. It opens with a choice selection of parodies, casuals, and "Talk of the Town" reports, the fruits of Updike's boyish ambition to follow in the footsteps of Thurber and White. These jeux d'esprit are followed by "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu," an immortal account of Ted Williams's last at-bat in Fenway Park; "The Dogwood Tree," a ...

Assorted Prose 2012, Random House Trade, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780812983777

Trade paperback

Assorted Prose 1965, Alfred A. Knopf

ISBN-13: 9780394414737