Read in this in the paper this morning–Honorary degrees redux: Tributes to Updike go on sale:

In recent years, Updike has been getting rid of keepsakes.

Two years ago, he cleaned out his barn and cellar, which were overflowing with books, and donated the goods to Manchester by the Book, a bookstore in Manchester-by-the-Sea.

Some of the books had Updike’s handwritten notes in the margins.

“I’m at an age when you think about lightening your load, rather than dumping it on your heirs,” Updike told the Globe at the time.

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