John Irving

John Irving, 1942–, American writer, b. Exeter, N.H. His mixture of wild plot strategies and eccentric characters brought him to wide attention with his fourth novel, The World According to Garp (1978). The novel concerns the career of a novelist, and its complex narrative gives Irving the opportunity to offer his opinions on a number of contemporary issues, most notably feminism. His other novels include Setting Free the Bears (1979), The Hotel New Hampshire (1981), The Cider House Rules (1985), A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989), A Widow for One Year (1998), Until I Find You (2005), Last Night in Twisted River (2009), and In One Person (2012). Several of his books have been made into films.

See his memoir, My Movie Business (1999).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

John Irving: A Critical Companion
Josie P. Campbell.
Greenwood Press, 1998
Literary Subversions: New American Fiction and the Practice of Criticism
Jerome Klinkowitz.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1985
Librarian’s tip: "John Irving: World According to Fiction" p. 34
Reconstructing the Family in Contemporary American Fiction
Desmond F. McCarthy.
Peter Lang Publishing, 1998
Hero Worship and Hermeneutic Dialectics: John Irving's 'A Prayer for Owen Meany.'
Page, Philip.
Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 28, No. 3, September 1995
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Marked Men: White Masculinity in Crisis
Sally Robinson.
Columbia University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Rapists, Feminists, and The World According to Garp: Inauthentic versus Authentic Traumas" begins on p. 101
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