John Hoyer Updike born March 18 in Reading,|
Pennsylvania; grows up in Shillington with par-
ents and maternal grandparents.
Family moves to farmhouse in Plowville, eleven|
miles away, where updike's mother was born.
Graduates as co-valedictorian from Shillington.|
High School; enters Harvard University in the fall.
Marries Mary Pennington, a fine arts major at|
Radcliffe; editor of Harvard Lampoon.
Graduates from Harvard summa cum laude in|
English, thesis on Robert Herrick.
Spends year at the Ruskin School of Drawing and|
Fine Arts, Oxford; joins staff of the New Yorker in
fall of 1955; first child Elizabeth born.
Son David born. Moves to Ipswich,|
Massachusetts; completes a novel, Home, which
he does not attempt to publish.
|1958|| The Carpentered Hen, And Other Tame Creatures|
Son Michael born; The Same Door (stories) and|
The Poorhouse Fair (novel) published.