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A&P: Plot Summary
A&P: Detailed Summary & Analysis
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Brief Biography of John Updike
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- Full Title: A&P
- When Written: 1961
- Where Written: New York
- When Published: 1961
- Literary Period: Realism
- Genre: Short story/Coming of Age
- Setting: An A&P grocery store in a town somewhere north of Boston
- Climax: Sammy quits
- Antagonist: Lengel
- Point of View: First-person narrator (Sammy)
Extra Credit for A&P
Cartoonist. After graduating from Harvard, Updike's earliest ambition was to become a cartoonist, attending The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at the University of Oxford.
Updike's Mother. John Updike's mother was a writer herself and inspired Updike to write when he was young. "One of my earliest memories is of seeing her at her desk ... I admired the writer's equipment, the typewriter eraser, the boxes of clean paper. And I remember the brown envelopes that stories would go off in — and come back in."