Romancing the Stone Age: John Updike's 'Wife-Wooing' and the Naturally Occurring Nuclear Family

Susan Norton, Dublin Institute of Technology

Document Type Article

This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article to be published in The Explicator, Issue 3, Vol. 71, 2013, to be made available online at


John Updike's 1960 story "Wife wooing" is a short tale of married life that connects mid-twentieth century suburbia to a pre-historic past.