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The Centaur

by Updike, John

Condition: Very Good/Very Good


New York: Knopf, 1963. 1st . Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Some minor suffing to dustjacket, along with price-clipping. Dust wear to spine of book, and a little water damage to edges of pages. Binding is tight, pages are bright and clean. Questions welcome. We ship internationally from the United States and Canada every week. If buying internationally, please be aware that additional charges may apply for heavier books. We guarantee a safe, quick, and secure transaction. 10+ years in online bookselling experience.


John Hoyer Updike was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic. His novel, The Centaur, won the National Book Award in 1964. It is the story of George Caldwell, an aging, self-deprecating high school teacher and his bewildered son Peter, taking place in a small Pennsylvania town. The two end up spending a few days in town when their car breaks down and then there is a blizzard, stranding them for an additional night. The book compares each character to a character in Greek mythology revealing an exploration in storytelling and stylistic variation. The interweaving of classic myth and small town life is absolutely brilliant.


  • Bookseller: Encore Books & Records CA (CA)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 9991
  • Title: The Centaur
  • Author: Updike, John
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good
  • Jacket condition: Very Good
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: 1st
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1963
  • Keywords: AMERICAN LITERATURE
  • Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall


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