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John Hoyer Updike was born in Shillington Pennsylvania on March 18 1942 He was the only child of parents Wesley Hoyer Updike and mother Linda Grove Hoyer His father was a high school math teacher and his mother was a housewife In1936 at the age of four John began attending public schools in Shillington Nine years later in 1945 on Halloween day he moved with his parents and grandparents to a farm in the town of Plowville Pennsylvania Even though John and his family moved to a new town he still attended Shillington public schools In 1950 at the age of eighteen he graduated from Shillington High School as president and co valedictorian In the summer of 1950 john began his first real job as a copy boy for the READING EAGLE also writing a few lead stories for the paper as well In the fall of that same year he attended Harvard University and wrote for the Harvard Lampoon a humor magazine Three years later in 1953 he married Mary E Pennington on June 26 in Shillington Pennsylvania In 1955 his first child was born Elizabeth on April 1 Later that year he moved to an apartment in Manhattan and joined The New Yorker as a staff writer and writes stories for The Talk of the Town sections Two years later his second child David was born on January 19 In April that year he left The New Yorker and moved to Ipswich MA to concentrate on poetry and fiction In 1958 his first book published was The Carpentered Hen and Other Tame Creatures which contained poetry In 1958 his first novel was published The Poorhouse Fair His first book of short stories was published just months after his first novel The Same Door Then in May of 1959 his third child with Elizabeth Michael was born on May 14 In 1960 his fourth and Final
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