John Updike

John Updike

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist John Updike, author of the "Rabbit" series and "The Witches of Eastwick," has died. He was 76.

The acclaimed writer died of lung cancer in Beverly Farms, Mass. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, according to a statement from his publisher, Alfred A. Knopf.

Updike's prolific contribution has mainly impacted the literary world. He's most famous for his five "Rabbit" books featuring protagonist Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom, an Updike alter ego. Of the series, "Rabbit Is Rich" and "Rabbit at Rest" received the Pulitzer Prize.

His hallmarks were meticulous craftsmanship and stylistic writing. Overall, he's published more than 25 novels, more than a dozen short story collections, poetry, children's books and art and literary criticism.

In the world of entertainment, his novel "Rabbit, Run" was adapted into the 1970 film starring James Caan, but it was his novel "The Witches of Eastwick" that spawned the most attention on the big screen.

The 1987 film of the same name stars Jack Nicholson as Daryl Van Horne, a devilishly charismatic newcomer who arrives when three divorcees ( Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon) conjure try to conjure up the "perfect man."

The story also spawned a 1992 unsuccessful TV pilot and FOX's 2002 attempt "Eastwick," starring Marcia Cross, Kelly Rutherford, Lori Loughlin and Jason O'Mara.

The "Eastwick" flame has yet to die though since ABC announced it is developing a fresh take on the story.

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