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John Irving was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942. His first novel, Setting Free the Bears, was published in 1968, when he was twenty-six. He competed as a wrestler for twenty years, and coached wrestling until he was forty-seven.

Mr. Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times—winning once, in 1980, for his novel The World According to Garp. He received an O. Henry Award in 1981 for his short story “Interior Space.” In 2000, Mr. Irving won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules. In 2013, he won a Lambda Literary Award for his novel In One Person.

An international writer—his novels have been translated into more than thirty-five languages—John Irving lives in Toronto. His all-time best-selling novel, in every language, is A Prayer for Owen Meany.

"I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice—not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death, but because he was the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany." -- A Prayer for Owen Meany

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The World According to Garp

Garp's mother, Jenny Fields, was arrested in Boston in 1942 for wounding a man in a movie theater. Jenny is an unmarried nurse; she becomes a single mom and a feminist leader, beloved but polarizing. Her son, Garp, is less beloved, but no less polarizing.

Year: 1978     Genre: Literature

The Hotel New Hampshire

"The first of my father's illusions was that bears could survive the life lived by human beings, and the second was that human beings could survive a life led in hotels".

Year: 1981     Genre: Family Saga

The Cider House Rules

Set in rural Maine in the first half of the twentieth century, it tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch—saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud's, ether addict and abortionist. It is also the story of Dr. Larch's favorite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted.

Year: 1985     Genre: Literature

A Prayer for Owen Meany

I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice--not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.

Year: 1989     Genre: Coming of Age

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1968Setting Free the BearsLiterature, Austria
1972The Water-Method ManLiterature
1974The 158-Pound MarriageLiterature
1978The World According to GarpLiterature
1981The Hotel New HampshireFamily Saga
1985The Cider House RulesLiterature, Maine
1989A Prayer for Owen MeanyComing of Age
1994A Son of the CircusCold Case, Murder Mystery, India
1996Trying to Save Piggy SneedLiterature, Short Stories
1998A Widow for One YearLiterature
2001The Fourth HandLiterature, India
2009Last Night in Twisted RiverLiterature
2012In One PersonLiterature
2015Avenue of MysteriesLiterature, Mexico, Philippines

 

 


 

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