The Poorhouse Fair: A Novel by John Updike

The hero of John Updike’s first novel, published when the author was twenty-six, is ninety-four-year-old John Hook, a dying man who yet refuses to be dominated. His world is a poorhouse—a county home for the aged and infirm—overseen by Stephen Conner, a righteous young man who considers it his duty to know what is best for others. The action of the novel unfolds over a single summer’s day, the day of the poorhouse’s annual fair, a day of escalating tensions between Conner and the rebellious Hook. Its climax is a contest between progress and tradition, benevolence and pride, reason and faith.

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The 1583rd greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 100 Life-Changing Books (National Book Award)

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Poorhouse Fair Paperback 11107816 $3.95
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The Poorhouse Fair: With an Introduction by the Author Paperback 10297450 $2,432.64 $8.81 1980
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