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Gardner, John 1933-1982

Works: 347 works in 1,342 publications in 19 languages and 56,655 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Fantasy fiction  Novels  Historical fiction  Poetry  Reviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Librettist, Author of introduction, Other, Interviewer, Narrator, Author of afterword, colophon, etc.
Classifications: PS3557.A712, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John Gardner
Grendel by John Gardner( Book )

127 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in 11 languages and held by 3,926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first and most terrifying monster in English literature, from the great early epic Beowulf, tells his own side of the story
The life & times of Chaucer by John Gardner( Book )

47 editions published between 1976 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 2,823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the medieval English author who wrote "The Canterbury Tales," "Troilus and Criseyde," "The Legend of Good Women," and other works
October light by John Gardner( Book )

60 editions published between 1976 and 2010 in 10 languages and held by 2,424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Page is a crusty old Vermonter who blasts his TV with a shotgun and locks his 80-year old sister, Sally, in her bedroom. While imprisoned there, she finds and reads a cheap paperback thriller about marijuana smugglers in Mexico (actually written by Gardner and his first wife, Joan). The two stories are then woven together with considerable leaps of time and missing pages in the thriller. At times, Gardner wanders around in philosophy la-la land, while at other times he can write the most surreal and beautiful poetic prose about nature, and at still other times he can portray the emotional torture endured by James and eventual redemption of his humane spirit
The sunlight dialogues by John Gardner( Book )

61 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 2,297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Who is the Sunlight Man? Sheriff Fred Clumly is trying to unravel mysteries surrounding a drifter called "The Sunlight Man," who is jailed for painting the word "LOVE" across two lanes of traffic in the small town of Batavia, New York, and later suspected of murder. Vivid, compassionate and often disturbing - with an astonishing cast of characters - this expansive novel is John Gardner's masterpiece."--Jacket
Nickel mountain; a pastoral novel by John Gardner( Book )

54 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 2,256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a middle-aged man who runs a rural diner and the young, plain girl who drifts into his life
The art of fiction : notes on craft for young writers by John Gardner( Book )

36 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 2,212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains the principles and techniques of good writing, and discusses the seven basic technical matters that beginning writers must constantly bear in mind
On becoming a novelist by John Gardner( Book )

35 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,901 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains advice to young writers organized around three main questions: Am I talented enough? How should I educate myself? Can I make a living from writing fiction?
On moral fiction by John Gardner( Book )

19 editions published between 1977 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argues that great moral fiction has open-mindedly tested human values in an attempt to discover what best promotes human fulfillment and that current fiction fails to do so and, thus, undermines our experience of literature and our faith in ourselves
Gilgamesh : translated from the Sîn-leqi-unninnī version( Book )

19 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A totally new translation of the classic Mesopotamian epic--with lengthy introduction and annotations--is presented in such a way as to reflect the appearance and arrangement of the original stone tablets
Mickelsson's ghosts : a novel by John Gardner( Book )

35 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The critically acclaimed final masterwork of John Gardner: an American novel haunted with macabre and cerebral elements. The final novel by Gardner, Mickelsson's Ghosts, originally published in 1982 just months before his untimely death in a motorcycle accident, is a tour de force. The protagonist Peter Mickelsson, a former star philosophy professor at Brown, relocates to Binghamton University. On the verge of bankruptcy, separated from his wife, in questionable mental health, and drinking heavily, Mickelsson decides to buy a country house in northeastern Pennsylvania. What he encounters there are impassioned and shameless love affairs (one of which results in a regrettable pregnancy), a Mormon extremist cult, small town mythologies, the robbery of a robber, multiple murders, the ghosts of an incestuous family, Plato, and our hero's own possible insanity
Freddy's book by John Gardner( Book )

32 editions published between 1980 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 1,450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While on a speaking tour in Wisconsin, a professor is slipped a secret manuscript by a sheltered and sensitive young man. It's a tale of kings, knights, knaves and fools together with battles fought over power and destiny with the Devil himself
The art of living, and other stories by John Gardner( Book )

25 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in English and Russian and held by 1,348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Information: 1st ed. Nimram.--Redemption.--Stillness.--The music lover.--Trumpeter.--The library of horror.--The joy of the just.--Vlemk, the box-painter.--Come on back.--The art of living
The poetry of Chaucer by John Gardner( Book )

14 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and held by 1,319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The king's Indian : stories and tales by John Gardner( Book )

33 editions published between 1972 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 1,225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An iconic collection that showcases Gardner as a master craftsman navigating an uncertain worldIn this exceptional book, author John Gardner explores the literary form as a vehicle of vision, and creates heroes that personify his tremendous artistic ideals: A Boston schoolmaster abandons his dreams of owning a farmhouse in rural Illinois only to be taken on a voyage across the seas and into self-discovery, faith, and love; an artist & rsquo;s rapturous enthusiasm inspires an aging university professor to approach life & rsquo;s chaotic moments as opportunities for creation. Each of these stories is wonderful in its own right, and provides valuable insight into the author & rsquo;s literary beliefs. Written just prior to his critical masterwork, On Moral Fiction, The King & rsquo;s Indian is a must-read for those interested in learning more about Gardner & rsquo;s highly controversial artistic philosophies. This ebook features a new illustrated biography of John Gardner, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Gardner family and the University of Rochester Archives
Jason and Medeia by John Gardner( Book )

18 editions published between 1973 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A modern retelling of the ancient Greek myth depicting the love of Jason, the hero who claimed the kingdom of Iolcus, and the princess of Caechis, Medeia
In the suicide mountains by John Gardner( Book )

16 editions published between 1971 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 852 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unable to find a place for themselves in society, a young woman, a dwarf, and a prince journey to the mountains intent on doing away with themselves
The alliterative Morte Arthure, The owl and the nightingale, and five other Middle English poems in modernized version by John Gardner( Book )

21 editions published between 1971 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dragon, dragon, and other tales by John Gardner( Book )

30 editions published between 1933 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four fairy tales featuring a dragon, a giant, a cunning mule, and a little chimney-girl
On writers and writing by John Gardner( Book )

13 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"All my life," John Gardner wrote, weeks before his death in a motorcycle accident, "I've lived flat-out. As a motorcycle racer, chemist, writer ... I was never cautious." This goes for John Gardner the critic as well, and that is nowhere more evident than in the pieces collected in this book. On Writers and Writing brings together, for the first time, John Gardner's essays and reviews on his fellow writers and reaffirms his status as one of the most intelligent, generous, and insightful critics of his generation. In piece after piece we see Gardner, the consummate teacher and critic, separating novelistic wheat from chaff, genuine fiction from fakery, examining the work of writers he admires - Saul Bellow, Vladimir Nabokov, Philip Roth, John Cheever, Larry Woiwode, and Joyce Carol Oates - as he would an assignment by one of his students. "Often," Charles Johnson says in his introduction, "the effect is shocking - he said that about John Updike? - but it is a testament to Gardner's professionalism that publicity and public acclaim never blinded him to the basic question every reviewer and critic must ask: What exactly do we have here?" That deceptively simple question is asked insistently throughout many of the pieces collected here, so that the reader too sees the craft and skill of some of America's greatest writers at work. In other essays, Gardner turns his extraordinary intelligence to subjects ranging from fairy tales and religion to King Arthur and Walt Disney. Chock full of insights and opinions, making it essential reading for anyone interested in American literature, On Writers and Writing is also an invaluable contribution to our understanding of John Gardner
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: notes : with notes on Pearl and brief commentary on Purity and Patience ... by John Gardner( Book )

29 editions published between 1967 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<DIV>The adventures and challenges of Sir Gawain, King Arthur's nephew and a knight at the Round Table, including his duel with the mysterious Green Knight, are among the oldest and best known of Arthurian stories. Here the distinguished author and poet John Gardner has captured the humor, elegance, and richness of the original Middle English in flowing modern verse translations of this literary masterpiece. Besides the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, this edition includes two allegorical poems, "Purity" and "Patience"; the beautiful dream allegory "Pearl"; and the miracle story "Saint Erkenwald," all attributed to the same anonymous poet, a contemporary of Chaucer and an artist of the first rank.</DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV>"Mr. Gardner has translated into modern English and edited a text of these five poems that could hardly be improved. ... The entire work is preceded by a very fine and complete general introduction and a critical commentary on each poem."--Library Journal </DIV>
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Alternative Names
Champlin Gardner, John 1933-1982

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Gardner, Dzhon

Gardner, Dzhon 1933-1982

Gardner, John C. 1933-1982

Gardner, John C. (Champlin), 1933-1982

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Гарднер Д. Ч. писатель, литературовед 1933-1982

Гарднер, Джон 1933-1982

Джон Гарднер

גארדנר, ג׳ון

גארדנר, ג׳ון 1933־1982

جان گاردنر نویسنده آمریکایی

ガードナー, ジョン


October lightThe sunlight dialoguesNickel mountain; a pastoral novelThe art of fiction : notes on craft for young writersOn becoming a novelistOn moral fictionGilgamesh : translated from the Sîn-leqi-unninnī versionMickelsson's ghosts : a novel