John Gardner





John Gardner

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born
in Batavia, New York, The United States
July 21, 1933

died
September 14, 1982

gender
male

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John Champlin Gardner was a well-known and controversial American novelist and university professor, best known for his novel Grendel, a retelling of the Beowulf myth.

Gardner was born in Batavia, New York. His father was a lay preacher and dairy farmer, and his mother taught English at a local school. Both parents were fond of Shakespeare and often recited literature together. As a child, Gardner attended public school and worked on his father's farm, where, in April of 1945, his younger brother Gilbert was killed in an accident with a cultipacker. Gardner, who was driving the tractor during the fatal accident, carried guilt for his brother's death throughout his life, suffering nightmares and flashbacks. The incident informed much of Gardn...more


Average rating: 3.78 · 30,506 ratings · 2,146 reviews · 102 distinct works · Similar authors
Grendel
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The Art of Fiction: Notes o...
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On Becoming a Novelist
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October Light
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The Sunlight Dialogues
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 521 ratings — published 1972 — 16 editions
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Nickel Mountain
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 499 ratings — published 1973 — 15 editions
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On Moral Fiction
3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 419 ratings — published 1978 — 7 editions
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Mickelsson's Ghosts
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 343 ratings — published 1982 — 11 editions
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Freddy's Book
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 320 ratings — published 1980 — 11 editions
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In the Suicide Mountains
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 175 ratings — published 1977 — 8 editions
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More books by John Gardner…
“Self pity is easily the most destructive of the non-pharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.”
John Gardner

“When I was a child I truly loved:
Unthinking love as calm and deep
As the North Sea. But I have lived,
And now I do not sleep.”
John Gardner, Grendel

“They watch on, evil, incredibly stupid, enjoying my destruction.

'Poor Grendel's had an accident,' I whisper. 'So may you all.”
John Gardner, Grendel

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