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A & P

The short story “A & P” by John Updike was first published in 1961.  It is the story or Sammy, a nineteen-year old check out clerk at the supermarket who quits his job in an overwhelming rush of romantic love.  “A & P” is primarily an initiation story of a young man moving from innocence to experience as he makes a hasty decision and then faces the realities and consequences of his actions.

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PS3571 .P4
  • PZ1 .H82

 Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Bloom, Harold (ed.). John Updike. 1987.  Call Number: PS3571 .P4 Z73 1987
  • Bloom, Harold (ed.). John Updike: Comprehensive Research and Study Guide. 2001. Call Number: PS3571 .P4 Z73 2001
  • Howard, Daniel F. (ed.). The Modern Tradition: An Anthology of Short Stories. 1976. Call Number: PN6014.M63 1968 (available at West Campus)
  • Uphaus, Suzanne Henning. John Updike. 1980. Call Number: PS3571 .P4 Z93
  • Broer, Lawrence R. Rabbit Tales: Poetry and Politics in John Updike's Rabbit Novels. 1998. Call number: PS3571.P4 Z85 1998
  • Schiff, James A. John Updike Revised: Twayne's United States Authors Series. 1998. Call number: PS3571.P4 Z873 1998

 LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • Updike, John
  • Updike, John – Criticism and Interpretation
  • Short Stories, American

 Reference Materials

  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction Call Number: REF PN3321 .C7 2001

                      o Vol. 6, pg. 2377-2378 o   Vol. 7, pg. 2828


  • De Bellis, Jack.  The John Updike Encyclopedia.  2000. Call Number: REF PS3571 .P4 Z459 2000

                      o   Pg. 332-33


  •  Masterplots II: Short Story Series (Revised Edition)  – Call Number: REF PN3326 .M27 2004

                     o   Vol. 1, pg. 1-3


  • Short Stories for StudentsCall Number: REF PN3330 .S386 

                     o   Vol. 3, pg. 1-21


  • Short Story Criticism –  Call Number: REF PN3321 .S5 

                     o   Vol. 13, pg. 372, 398-99 

                     o   Vol. 27, pg. 320-30

                     o   Vol. 103, pg. 295-98, 312-14, 316-17, 332, 348, 361-62, 369, 371, 378


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