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John Gardner - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about John Gardner

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

Recommended links
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of John Gardner, poet (Jason and Medeia), short-story writer, critic (On Moral Fiction), and novelist (The Wreckage of Agathon, Grendel, and others); twentieth century American Literature and poetry
John Gardner   (1933 - 1982)
 
Category:  American Literature
 
Born:  July 21, 1933
Batavia, New York, United States
 
Died:  September 14, 1982
 
Related authors:
Raymond Chandler
 
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John Gardner - LIFE STORIES
 
 
9/14/1982     John Gardner, Raymond Carver
On this day in 1982 the novelist and scholar John Gardner died at the age of forty-nine in a motorcycle accident. Gardner's novels range from the award-winning October Light, in which a crochety New Englander takes a shotgun to his television, to Grendel, a retelling of the Beowulf story by the troubled monster himself: "I observe myself observing what I observe. It startles me.... No thread, no frailest hair between myself and the universal clutter!"
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Grendel
fiction
 
October Light
fiction
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories
by Raymond Carver
essays, fiction, poetry
 
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Essay: "Carver's Vision"
A study of Raymond Carver's life and works, which includes a review of Gardner's influence on the budding writer.

"Carver's writing career began to take shape when he started his B.A. at Chico State College in the Fall of 1958 as a part-time student. In the Fall of 1959 he took Creative Writing 101 with an unpublished writer who had recently arrived at Chico State, John Gardner. Carver recognized Gardner as a strong influence on his writing even though his exposure to Gardner was short, only one academic year in 1959 and 1960. Gardner recognized Carver's need for a quiet place to work and loaned his office key to Carver for him to work. In the office, surrounded with boxes of unpublished manuscripts by an honest to goodness writer, he wondered about the world that he wanted to inhabit."
John Gardner Appreciation Page
Find reviews of selected works, photographs of the author as a child and in adulthood, bibliographic information, and a collection of scholarly essays on Grendel, October Light, Mickelsson's Ghosts, Nickel Mountain, On Moral Fiction, and other books.
The Grendex: An Index to Grendel
Features an annotated index of index of terms, people, places, words and events in Grendel, as well as a discussion board, links, and study questions on character, perspective, theme, setting, and other topics. A useful resource for students.
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