Sunday, February 15, 2009

Death of a Centenarian

Edward Upward, the contemporary of Auden, Spender, et al. has died at the incredible age of 105.

He is in a way the British parallel to Henry Roth in the US, in terms of early promise, not writing for many years for ideological reasons, and then resuming very late in life.

I always liked the fact that he was named "Upward" and wrote a book called The Spiral Ascent.

1 comment:

Nicholas Birns said...

It just struck me, we have had Updike die, and now many writers are there whose name begins with "Up"?