The WU Libraries recently acquired a number of rare works by John Updike that were printed by the Lord John Press, a limited-edition publisher based in California. Herb Yellin (1935-2014) founded the press in 1976. Over the years, it published work by esteemed American writers such as John Cheever, Ray Bradbury, Raymond Carver, Joyce Carol Oates, and Eudora Welty.
Yellin’s favorite writer was John Updike, and the press put out more work by him than any other author. The Libraries’ acquisition includes the volume Jester’s Dozen, a collection of poems and drawings Updike produced for the Harvard Lampoon from 1951-54. Lord John printed only 150 copies of the book in 1984. The Libraries also acquired an uncorrected proof of Updike’s The Witches of Eastwick.
The Updike works are a significant addition to the Libraries’ growing Lord John Press Collection, which consists of typescripts and correspondence from John Barth, Donald Barthelme, W. S. Merwin, John Gardner, Saul Bellow, and other notable authors. For more information about the collection, contact Joel Minor at firstname.lastname@example.org.