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Gardner, John 1933-1982

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Most widely held works by John Gardner
Grendel by John Gardner( Book )

127 editions published between 1971 and 2015 in 11 languages and held by 3,981 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

51 editions published between 1976 and 2010 in English and Russian and held by 2,789 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
The art of fiction : notes on craft for young writers by John Gardner( Book )

48 editions published between 1983 and 1996 in English and Spanish and held by 2,276 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
October light by John Gardner( Book )

66 editions published between 1976 and 2010 in 11 languages and held by 2,239 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 )

50 editions published between 1972 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 2,128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A stolid, law-and-order policeman in western N.Y. state encounters a mad "hippie" who paints the word LOVE on the street, escapes from jail, helps another prisoner escape, and, in the process, murders a policeman. The hunt is on
The alliterative Morte Arthure, The owl and the nightingale, and five other Middle English poems in modernized version by Morte Arthure( )

27 editions published between 1971 and 1991 in English and held by 2,116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poets of every age deal with roughly the same human emotions, and for the experienced reader poetry is interesting or not depending upon the moment-by-moment intensity of its appeal. This skillful rendering by John Gardner of seven Middle English poems into sparklingly modern verse translation--most of them for the first time--represents a selection of poems that, generally, have real artistic value but are so difficult to read in the original that they are not as well known as they deserve to be. The seven poems are: The Alliterative Morte Arthure, Winner and Waster, The Parliament of the Three Ages, Summer Sunday, The Debate of Body and Soul, The Thrush and the Nightingale, and The Owl and the Nightingale. The first four poems represent high points in the alliterative renaissance of the fourteenth century. Morte Arthure, here translated for the first time in its entirety into modern verse, is the only heroic romance in Middle English--a work roughly in the same genre as the French Song of Roland. The other three poems have been included in the anthology as further poetic examples. With his employment of extensive comments and notes on the poems, Gardner provides a wealth of aids to appreciation and understanding of his outstanding translations. The anthology will be of interest to general readers as well as to students
Nickel mountain : a pastoral novel by John Gardner( Book )

44 editions published between 1973 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 2,067 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
On moral fiction by John Gardner( Book )

25 editions published between 1977 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,932 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
On becoming a novelist by John Gardner( Book )

29 editions published between 1983 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 1,860 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?
Gilgamesh : translated from the Sîn-leqi-unninnī version( Book )

12 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 1,592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Gilgamesh, an ancient epic poem written on clay tablets in a cuneiform alphabet, is as fascinating and moving as it is crucial to our ability to fathom the time and the place in which it was written. Gardner's version restores the poetry of the text and the lyricism that is lost in the earlier, almost scientific renderings. The principal theme of the poem is a familiar one: man's persistent and hopeless quest for immortality. It tells of the heroic exploits of an ancient ruler of the walled city of Uruk named Gilgamesh. Included in its story is an account of the Flood that predates the Biblical version by centuries. Gilgamesh and his companion, a wild man of the woods named Enkidu, fight monsters and demonic powers in search of honor and lasting fame. When Enkidu is put to death by the vengeful goddess Ishtar, Gilgamesh travels to the underworld to find an answer to his grief and confront the question of mortality
Mickelsson's ghosts : a novel by John Gardner( Book )

40 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,526 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 )

33 editions published between 1980 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Freddy, who is a shy, obese, eight-foot-tall adolescent, writes a folktale of sixteenth-century Scandinavia. The dark, anguished world he writes of mirrors his own anguish
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: notes : with notes on Pearl and brief commentary on Purity and Patience ... by John Gardner( )

17 editions published between 1967 and 2002 in English and held by 1,443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Middle-English poem about the moral testing of a young hero is commonly described as the greatest Arthurian romance in our literary tradition. It is a question still as to who the author is, but this poet is considered second only to Chaucer
The art of living, and other stories by John Gardner( Book )

32 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While mourning the loss of his son in the Vietnam War, an Italian chef reflects on the importance of art for future generations. An American boy retreats inward after he kills his younger brother in a farming accident, finding solace in classical music and a friendship with his teacher. Placing the artist at the center of his stories, Gardner produces a series of beautiful moments where art must act as a life-affirming force and creates a collection of poignant narratives as a result.--
The poetry of Chaucer by John Gardner( Book )

17 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and held by 1,272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Close analyses of Chaucer's major and minor works draw on the entire body of Chaucerian criticism of the past twenty years and stresses Chaucer's continuing importance
The king's Indian : stories and tales by John Gardner( Book )

35 editions published between 1972 and 2010 in English and held by 1,260 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 )

26 editions published between 1973 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,164 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
Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 1,092 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of critical essays on this well-known American writer and her works
In the suicide mountains by John Gardner( Book )

19 editions published between 1971 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 922 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
On writers and writing by John Gardner( Book )

15 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and held by 809 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
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The art of fiction : notes on craft for young writersOctober lightThe sunlight dialoguesThe alliterative Morte Arthure, The owl and the nightingale, and five other Middle English poems in modernized versionNickel mountain : a pastoral novelOn moral fictionOn becoming a novelistGilgamesh : translated from the Sîn-leqi-unninnī version
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Champlin Gardner, John 1933-1982

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Гарднер Д. Ч. писатель, литературовед 1933-1982

Гарднер Джон

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Джон Гарднер

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גארדנר, ג׳ון 1933־1982

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