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John Updike

John Updike

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First broadcast: Sun 10 Sep 1995

Novelist, Poet

Sue Lawley's castaway on Desert Island Discs this week is the celebrated American writer John Updike. His novels include Rabbit Run (and three Rabbit follow-ups), Couples and The Witches of Eastwick.

He is both poet and historian, famous for charting the changes in post-war American society such as increasing marital breakdown and changing attitudes to death. He started his writing career by selling stories to the New Yorker magazine - something his mother had tried for years but had never succeeded. And he'll be telling Sue Lawley about how he overcame a bad stutter, how he has learnt to control his psoriasis and how now, aged 63, he finally feels normal; part of the gang he never was as a teenager.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

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Fats Waller

1.

Fats Waller

You're Not The Only Oyster In The Stew

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Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

2.

Castaway's favourite

Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

Sing, Sing, Sing

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Doris Day

3.

Doris Day

With A Song In My Heart

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Johann Sebastian Bach

4.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 - Fugue in C major

Soloist: Blandine Verlet

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Original Trinidad Steel Band

5.

Original Trinidad Steel Band

Yellow Bird

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

6.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major

Soloist: Vladimir Ashkenazy Orchestra: The London Philharmonic Orchestra

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Ludwig van Beethoven

8.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 5 in C minor

Orchestra: The Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus Conductor: Otto Klemperer

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Book

Complete Works by Marcel Proust

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Luxury item

Silken tent (for luxury, not survival)

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Occupations

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