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), In One Person (2012), and Avenue of Mysteries (2015). Several of his books have been made into films.

See his memoir, My Movie Business (1999).

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John Irving: Selected full-text books and articles

John Irving: A Critical Companion By Josie P. Campbell Greenwood Press, 1998
Literary Subversions: New American Fiction and the Practice of Criticism By Jerome Klinkowitz Southern Illinois University Press, 1985
Librarian's tip: "John Irving: World According to Fiction" p. 34
Hero Worship and Hermeneutic Dialectics: John Irving's 'A Prayer for Owen Meany.' By Page, Philip Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 28, No. 3, September 1995
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Marked Men: White Masculinity in Crisis By 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
Double Discourses in John Irving's 'The World According to Garp.' By McKay, Kim Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 38, No. 4, Winter 1992
The Family Romances of John Irving By Shostak, Debra Essays in Literature, Vol. 21, No. 1, Spring 1994
Owen Meaney as Atonement Figure: How He Saves By Weaver, J. Denny Christianity and Literature, Vol. 60, No. 4, Summer 2011
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John Irving on John Irving By Allen, Brooke The New Leader (Online), Vol. 92, No. 5, September/October 2009
Great American Writers: Twentieth Century By R. Baird Shuman Marshall Cavendish, vol.6, 2002
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