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  • Mr. Bech is a member of a very old and prominent Danish family and upon his graduation from Copenhagen, he entered the Consular service of his country which he has served with distinction throughout the world.

    Denmark and the War

  • Long a staple of slick magazines (Punch, Playboy, Sports Illustrated) and of books (his covers for John Updike's "Bech" series are classics), the sax-playing Roth continues to draw for The New Yorker and others.

    Robert Teitelman: A Decade of Arnold Roth

  • He could be very funny at the expense of his colleagues within "the narrow precincts of the Manhattan intelligentsia, a site saturated in poisonous envy and reflexive intolerance and base impotence," but when he lampooned this world in his brilliantly funny "Bech" novels he did it with more affection than bile.

    John Updike, Literary High Priest of Sex and Suburbia, Is Dead at 76

  • Updike's series of "Bech" novels managed at once to express a certain awe at the writer's talents while discounting the books in question, calling them "works of the left hand."


  • Remembering John Updike: James Marcus Talks with Updike about his "Bech" Novels

    Critical Mass

  • National Book Critics Circle board member James Marcus interviewed John Updike in 1998 about his "Bech" novels.

    Critical Mass

  • I was left wondering if Solar would have worked better as a collection of sharp short stories -- the treatment given by Updike to his own Nobel-winning narcissist, Henry Bech.

    Anis Shivani: Why American Reviewers Disliked Ian McEwan's "Solar": And What That Says About the Cultural Establishment

  • Claes Bech Poulsen Jazzhus Montmartre "We have more than 1,000 concerts and 100 venues," Mr. Dalgas says, adding that this year's concerts, from July 1-10, are organized around themes like "The Sound of Africa," which features West African vocalist and activist Oumou SangarĂ©.

    A Swinging Copenhagen

  • "Jazz greats moved to Copenhagen because of this club," says Rune Bech, co-founder of the relaunched Jazzhus.

    A Swinging Copenhagen

  • Three months ago, Ms. Bech told her chief of staff for defense to look at what countries are best suited for more cooperation and procurement sharing.

    Europeans Retreat on Defense Spending


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