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The Early Stories: 1953–1975

The Early Stories: 1953–1975
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First edition cover
Author John Updike
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Knopf
Publication date October 21, 2003
Pages 864
ISBN 978-1-4000-4072-8

The Early Stories: 1953–1975, published in 2003 by Knopf, is a John Updike book collecting much of his short stories written from the beginning of his writing career, when he was just 21, until 1975. Only four stories published in this entire time period have been omitted from this collection by John Updike himself: "Intercession" (collected in The Same Door), and "The Pro", "One of My Generation", and "God Speaks" (collected in Museums and Women and Other Stories). The majority of the stories were originally published in The New Yorker magazine.[1][2] In 2004, the book received the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.[3]

Stories collected

The stories are not arranged chronologically but rather by theme into eight sections: "Olinger Stories" (from "You'll Never Know, Dear, How Much I Love You" to "In Football Season", same as the 1964 collection Olinger Stories), "Out in the World" (from "The Lucid Eye in Silver Town" to "At a Bar in Charlotte Amalie"), "Married Life" (from "Toward Evening" to "Nakedness"), "Family Life" (from "The Family Meadow" to "Daughter, Last Glimpses of"), "The Two Iseults" (from "Solitaire" to " I Will Not Let Thee Go, Except Thou Bless Me"), "Tarbox Tales" (from "The Indian" to "Eclipse"), "Far Out" (from "Archangel" to "The Sea's Green Sameness"), and "The Single Life" (from "The Bulgarian Poetess" to "Love Song, for a Moog Synthesizer").

Title Originally published Originally collected
You'll Never Know, Dear, How Much I Love You (The New Yorker) Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories (1962)
The Alligators (The New Yorker) The Same Door (1959)
Pigeon Feathers (The New Yorker) Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories (1962)
Friends from Philadelphia (The New Yorker) The Same Door (1959)
A Sense of Shelter (The New Yorker) Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories (1962)
Flight (The New Yorker) Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories (1962)
The Happiest I've Been (The New Yorker) The Same Door (1959)
The Persistence of Desire (The New Yorker) Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories (1962)
The Blessed Man of Boston, My Grandmother's Thimble, and Fanning Island Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories (1962)
Packed Dirt, Churchgoing, a Dying Cat, a Traded Car (The New Yorker) Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories (1962)
In Football Season (The New Yorker) The Music School (1966)
The Lucid Eye in Silver Town
The Kid's Whistling (The New Yorker) The Same Door (1959)
Ace in the Hole (The New Yorker) The Same Door (1959)
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and So Forth (The New Yorker) The Same Door (1959)
The Christian Roommates (The New Yorker) The Music School (1966)
Dentistry and Doubt (The New Yorker) The Same Door (1959)
A Madman (The New Yorker) The Music School (1966)
Still Life (The New Yorker) Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories (1962)
Home (The New Yorker) Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories (1962)
Who Made Yellow Roses Yellow? (The New Yorker) The Same Door (1959)
His Finest Hour (The New Yorker) The Same Door (1959)
A Trillion Feet of Gas (The New Yorker) The Same Door (1959)
Dear Alexandros (The New Yorker) Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories (1962)
The Doctor's Wife (The New Yorker) Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories (1962)
At a Bar in Charlotte Amalie (The New Yorker) The Music School (1966)
Toward Evening (The New Yorker) The Same Door (1959)
Snowing in Greenwich Village 1 (The New Yorker) The Same Door (1959)
Sunday Teasing (The New Yorker) The Same Door (1959)
Incest (The New Yorker) The Same Door (1959)
A Gift from the City (The New Yorker) The Same Door (1959)
Walter Briggs Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories (1962)
The Crow in the Woods Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories (1962)
Should Wizard Hit Mommy? (The New Yorker) Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories (1962)
Wife-Wooing 1 (The New Yorker) Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories (1962)
Unstuck (The New Yorker) Trust Me (1984)
Giving Blood 1 (The New Yorker) The Music School (1966)
Twin Beds in Rome 1 (The New Yorker) The Music School (1966)
Marching through Boston 1 (The New Yorker) Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
Nakedness 1
The Family Meadow (The New Yorker) The Music School (1966)
The Day of the Dying Rabbit (The New Yorker) Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
How to Love America and Leave It at the Same Time (The New Yorker) Problems and Other Stories (1979)
The Music School (The New Yorker) The Music School (1966)
Man and Daughter in the Cold (The New Yorker) Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
The Rescue (The New Yorker) The Music School (1966)
Plumbing 1 (The New Yorker) Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
The Orphaned Swimming Pool (The New Yorker) Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
When Everyone Was Pregnant Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
Eros Rampant 1 (Harper's) Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
Sublimating 1 Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
Nevada Problems and Other Stories (1979)
The Gun Shop (The New Yorker) Problems and Other Stories (1979)
Son (The New Yorker) Problems and Other Stories (1979)
Daughter, Last Glimpses of (The New Yorker) Problems and Other Stories (1979)
Solitaire (The New Yorker) Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
Leaves (The New Yorker) The Music School (1966)
The Stare (The New Yorker) The Music School (1966)
Museums and Women (The New Yorker) Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
Avec la Bébé-Sitter (The New Yorker) The Music School (1966)
Four Sides of One Story (The New Yorker) The Music School (1966)
The Morning (The New Yorker) The Music School (1966)
My Lover Has Dirty Fingernails (The New Yorker) The Music School (1966)
Harv is Plowing Now (The New Yorker) The Music School (1966)
I Will Not Let Thee Go, Except Thou Bless Me (The New Yorker) Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
The Indian (The New Yorker) The Music School (1966)
The Hillies (The New Yorker) Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
The Tarbox Police
The Corner (The New Yorker) Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
A & P (The New Yorker) Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories (1962)
Lifeguard (The New Yorker) Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories (1962)
The Deacon (The New Yorker) Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
The Carol Sing (The New Yorker) Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
The Taste of Metal 1 (The New Yorker) Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
Your Lover Just Called 1 Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
Commercial (The New Yorker) Problems and Other Stories (1979)
Minutes of the Last Meeting Problems and Other Stories (1979)
Believers Problems and Other Stories (1979)
Eclipse
Archangel Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories (1962)
The Dark (The New Yorker) The Music School (1966)
The Astronomer (The New Yorker) Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories (1962)
The Witnesses (The New Yorker) Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
A Constellation of Events Trust Me (1984)
Ethiopia (The New Yorker) Problems and Other Stories (1979)
Transaction Problems and Other Stories (1979)
Augustine's Concubine Problems and Other Stories (1979)
During the Jurassic Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
Under the Microscope Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
The Balcuhitherium Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
The Invention of the Horse Collar Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
Jesus on Honshu (The New Yorker) Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
The Slump Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
The Sea's Green Sameness Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
The Bulgarian Poetess (The New Yorker) The Music School (1966)
The Hermit (The New Yorker) The Music School (1966)
I Am Dying, Egypt, Dying Museums and Women and Other Stories (1972)
Separating 1 (The New Yorker) Problems and Other Stories (1979)
Gesturing 1
Killing Trust Me (1984)
Problems (The New Yorker) Problems and Other Stories (1979)
The Man Who Loved Extinct Mammals (The New Yorker) Problems and Other Stories (1979)
Love Song, for a Moog Synthesizer 2 (The New Yorker) Problems and Other Stories (1979)

Notes

^ 1. Stories later collected in Too Far to Go (1979), which was later reprinted in 2009 as The Maples Stories.
^ 2. Despite being published in 1976, this story was written a year earlier.

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