1. He was only the third American to win a second Pulitzer Prize in the fiction category.
2. His first story was published in the New Yorker at the age of 22.
3. He wrote The Witches of Eastwick (1984), which was turned into a movie in 1987 starring Cher, Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon. In 2009, it was turned into a television show starring Rebecca Romijn.
4. He won a Knox fellowship for study at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford University.
5. He began his career as a poet in 1958 by publishing his first volume, a collection of poems titled The Carpentered Hen.