Gary Jennings


Born
in Buena Vista, Virginia, The United States
September 20, 1928

Died
February 13, 1999

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Gary Jennings led a paradoxically picaresque life. On one hand, he was a man of acknowledged intellect and erudition. His novels were international best sellers, praised around the world for their stylish prose, lively wit and adventurously bawdy spirit. They were also massive - often topping 500,000 words - and widely acclaimed for the years of research he put into each one, both in libraries and in the field.

Jennings served in the Korean War, where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal- a decoration rarely given to soldier-reporters- and a personal citation by South Korean President Syngman Rhee for his efforts on behalf of war orphans.

Where the erudition came from, however, was something of a mystery.

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“Of all that I have possessed in my life, my memories are the only things remaining to me. Indeed, I believe that memories are the only real treasure any human can hope to hold always.”
Gary Jennings, Aztec

“I do not know what she was thinking, but I was remembering the years we have lived together, yet never together, and what a waste they have been--of each other, and of love, which is the most unpardonable waste there is. Love and time, those are the only two things in all the world and all of life that cannot be bought, but only spent.”
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“Collect adventures and experiences to reminisce about…go to far places, meet new people, eat exotic foods, enjoy all varieties of women, look on unfamiliar landscapes, see new things.”
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Polls

October 2014 New School Poll

 
  26 votes, 20.2%

1925, The Trial by Franz Kafka, pages 276
 
  21 votes, 16.3%

 
  12 votes, 9.3%

1920, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, pages 305
 
  10 votes, 7.8%

 
  9 votes, 7.0%

1952, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 581 pages
 
  8 votes, 6.2%

 
  7 votes, 5.4%

1966, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, pages 311
 
  7 votes, 5.4%

 
  5 votes, 3.9%

 
  5 votes, 3.9%

1957, The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, pages 220
 
  4 votes, 3.1%

1974, Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow, pages 336
 
  4 votes, 3.1%

1952, The Birds by Daphne du Maurier, pages 75
 
  4 votes, 3.1%

 
  2 votes, 1.6%

 
  2 votes, 1.6%

 
  2 votes, 1.6%

1980. Aztec by Gary Jennings, pages 754
 
  1 vote, 0.8%

1903, The Ambassadors by Henry James, pages 528
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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