Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Updike, John

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(1932-2009) US writer, best-known for a large body of work outside fantasy, but who has veered into Fabulation, sometimes with an sf coloration. Although several of his novels are only superficially fantasies, The Witches of Eastwick (1984), filmed as The Witches of Eastwick (1987), a tale of three Witches in a small New England town and the diabolical person who beguiles them, is – however much it asks to be read as a sly Allegory of newly empowered women and immemorially seductive men – sufficiently attentive to its narrative implications to be a true fantasy. Brazil (1994) retells the story of Tristan and Iseult (> Arthur) in modern Brazil in a magic-drenched manner deliberately evocative of Magic Realism. [GF]

John Hoyer Updike


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.