Author John Updike's childhood home transforming into museum

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 1, 2017 1:43 PM


FILE - This May 20, 2006 file photo shows author John Updike speaking during a panel discussion at BookExpo America 2006 in Washington. Updike's childhood home in Pennsylvania has been purchased by a group that plans to restore it and turn it into a museum. The John Updike Society bought the home in Shillington, about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia, for $180,000 on Monday. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author lived there until he was 13. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones,File)

(SHILLINGTON) -- The childhood home of author John Updike is nearing its transformation into a museum and literary center.

The future of the home in Shillington, Pennsylvania, had been uncertain until The John Updike Society purchased it in 2012.

Since then, the society has worked to re-create the 1930's-era vibe of the late Pulitzer-Prize winner's home, based on old photographs and Updike's writings.

Updike, who won Pulitzers for the novels ``Rabbit Is Rich'' and ``Rabbit at Rest,'' died in 2009 at age 76.

He spent the first 13 years of his life in the Shillington house, about 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

The Reading Eagle reports Updike's daughter is donating furniture from her father's childhood to the museum.

The Updike Society says restoration should be finished by the end of summer.

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