John Updike's Childhood Home Will Become A Museum

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John Updike's Home Will Become A Museum

via Reading Eagle

The John Updike Society has signed an agreement to buy the late author's childhood home in Shillington, Penn., so that it can be turned into a museum. 

The agreement is contingent on getting a zoning variance to turn the house into a historic site, though there's probably not much standing in the way of that. The home will end up costing the society $200,000--which, in this housing market, ain't too bad. 

Updike, who wrote a ton of books and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, lived at the house until he was 13. They don't have a date for opening yet, and since it's located in a residential neighborhood, it'll probably only be open to visitors by appointment, but still! For true Updike fans, it'll be a nice place to visit. 

Incidentally, Updike originated my most favorite quote about New York City (which I'm planning to use as the epigraph for the book I'm writing): “The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.”

Anyone want to road-trip to this when it opens!? 

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Tom S. May from Geelong is reading Sixty Stories by Donald Barthelme May 13, 2012 - 4:41am

Road trip? I'm up for that.