John Updike, the prolific Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer who often topped best-seller lists died today of lung cancer at age 76, his publisher, Alfred A. Knopf said in a statement.
Updike, a Beverly Farms, Mass. resident, had published over 50 books since he began writing in the 1950s. He won many major awards throughout his career, including two Pulitzers for "Rabbit Is Rich" and "Rabbit at Rest" as well two National Book Awards.
“A literary writer, the tall, hawk-nosed Updike wrote novels, short stories, poems, criticism, the memoir "Self-Consciousness" and even a famous essay about baseball great Ted Williams," said the Associated Press.