We had lived, from 1957 on, in Ipswich, a large, heterogenous, and rather out-of-the-way town north of Boston, and my principal means of support, for a family that by 1960 included four children under six, was selling short stories to The New Yorker.
—John Updike, from the foreword to The Early Stories (p. x).
(N.B.: Is this Updike’s foreword republished in its entirety? It might be, but I don’t have the book in front of me, so I can’t say for sure.)