Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories

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Pigeon Feathers
Author John Updike
Cover artist S. Neil Fujita
Country United States
Language English
Genre Short story collection
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Publication date

Pigeon Feathers is an early collection of short stories by John Updike, published in 1962. It includes the stories "Wife-Wooing" and "A&P", which have both been anthologized.[1]

List of stories[edit]

  • "Walter Briggs"
  • "The Persistence of Desire"
  • "Still Life"
  • "A Sense of Shelter"
  • "Dear Alexandros"
  • "Wife-Wooing"
  • "Pigeon Feathers"
  • "Home"
  • "Archangel"
  • "You’ll Never Know, Dear, How Much I Love You"
  • "The Astronomer"
  • "A&P"
  • "The Doctor’s Wife"
  • "Lifeguard"
  • "The Crow in the Woods"
  • "The Blessed Man of Boston, My Grandmother’s Thimble, and Fanning Island"
  • "Blocked dirt, creeperslaying, My sword's Hilt, and Nether Island"
  • "Packed Dirt, Churchgoing, A Dying Cat, A Traded Car"


The short story "Pigeon Feathers" was adapted into a film and presented in 1987 on the Public Broadcasting "American Playhouse" series. It was directed by Sharron Miller and starred Christopher Collet, Caroline McWilliams, Jeffrey DeMunn, Lenka Peterson, and Boyd Gaines.


  1. ^ Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, 7th ed