Notes of a Disillusioned Lover: John Updike's Memories of the Ford Administration

Boyer, Paul
March 2001
American Literary History;Spring2001, Vol. 13 Issue 1, p67
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
The article discusses the book "Memories of the Ford Administration," by John Updike. Updike, in composing his fictional historian's scholarly opus, has researched about U.S. president James Buchanan's life carefully, and he writes about it, albeit somewhat episodically, in illuminating detail. Updike has larger concerns. Historians clearly loom large among the intended audience of "Memories of the Ford Administration," as Updike offers extended reflections on their discipline, toward which he conveys a certain admiration and indulgent affection, tempered by amusement at its self-satisfaction and overweening assumptions. Updike has always been noteworthy for attentiveness to historical detail.


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