January 19, 2019
We recently released our eleventh issue (6.2/Fall 2018), which focuses on Updike’s battle with his skin and lifelong effort to seek out sun. Featuring a cover photograph of the bare-chested author basking in the sun on Martha’s Vineyard, the issue opens with a reprint of “At War with My Skin,” a piece of memoir dealing with Updike’s struggle with psoriasis. Three responses to that essay – by David Hicks, James Seitz, and Elizabeth Hornsey – then follow.
The bulk of the issue is comprised of four essays by familiar Updike scholars: James Plath on the Michelangelo “manner” of The Poorhouse Fair; Peter J. Bailey’s reading of deflection and sublimation in Problems and Other Stories; Robert M. Luscher’s explanation of changing names in the early short story “Walter Briggs”; and Donald J. Greiner’s reflection on “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu.”
The issue concludes with reviews of three new books dealing, either centrally or peripherally, with Updike: Judie Newman’s take on Jack De Bellis’s collection of remembrances, John Updike Remembered; Sue Norton on Dale Salwak’s Writers and Their Mothers, which includes an essay by David Updike on his mother; and Michial Farmer’s analysis of Frederic Svoboda’s Understanding John Updike.
The twelfth issue of the JUR (7.1/Summer 2019) is slated to appear in the summer or early fall of 2019. In the meantime, we continue to welcome and read submissions from writers and critics around the globe. We encourage you to submit your writing, and we remain particularly interested in work from younger writers (under forty years of age), who would qualify for the annual “JUR Emerging Writers Prize,” which offers publication in the journal and a cash prize of $1,000.