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John Irving - Author

About the Author

John Irving was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942, and he once admitted that he was a 'grim' child. Although he excelled in English at school and knew by the time he graduated that he wanted to write novels, it was not until he met a young Southern novelist named John Yount, at the University of New Hampshire, that he received encouragement. 'It was so simple,' he remembers. 'Yount was the first person to point out that anything I did except writing was going to be vaguely unsatisfying.'

In 1963, Irving enrolled at the Institute of European Studies in Vienna, and he later worked as a university lecturer. His first novel, Setting Free the Bears, about a plot to release all the animals from the Vienna Zoo, was followed by The Water-Method Man, a comic tale of a man with a urinary complaint, and The 158-Pound Marriage, which exposes the complications of spouse-swapping. Irving achieved international recognition with The World According to Garp, which he hoped would 'cause a few smiles among the tough-minded and break a few softer hearts'.

The Hotel New Hampshire is a startlingly original family saga, and The Cider House Rules is the story of Doctor Wilbur Larch - saint, obstetrician, founder of an orphanage, ether addict and abortionist - and of his favourite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted. A Prayer for Owen Meany features the most unforgettable character Irving has yet created. A Son of the Circus is an extraordinary evocation of modern day India. John Irving's latest and most ambitious novel is A Widow for One Year.

A collection of John Irving’s shorter writing, Trying to Save Piggy Sneed, was published in 1993. Irving has also written the screenplays for The Cider House Rules and A Son of the Circus, and wrote about his experiences in the world of movies in his memoir My Movie Business.

Irving has had a life-long passion for wrestling, and he plays a wrestling referee in the film of The World According to Garp. In his memoir, The Imaginary Girlfriend, John Irving writes about his life as a wrestler, a novelist and as a wrestling coach. He now writes full-time, has three children and lives in Vermont and Toronto.

Featured books by John Irving

In One Person

In One Person

Author: John Irving Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/03/2013

Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a 'sexual suspect', a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 - in his landmark novel of 'terminal cases', The World According to Garp . His most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany , John Irving's In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy's friends and lovers - a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. Not least, In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself 'worthwhile'.

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Other books by John Irving

The World According To Garp

The World According To Garp

Author: John Irving Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

A masterpiece from one of the great contemporary American writers. 'A wonderful novel, full of energy and art, at once funny and heartbreaking...terrific' WASHINGTON POST Anniversary edition with a new afterword from the author. A worldwide bestseller since its publication, Irving's classic is filled with stories inside stories about the life and times of T. S. Garp, struggling writer and illegitimate son of Jenny Fields - an unlikely feminist heroine ahead of her time. Beautifully written, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP is a powerfully compelling and compassionate coming-of-age novel that established John Irving as one of the most imaginative writers of his generation. 'A diamond sleeping in the dark, chipped out at last for our enrichment and delight...As approachable as it is brilliant' COSMOPOLITAN

Hotel New Hampshire

Hotel New Hampshire

Author: John Irving Format: eBook Release Date: 31/08/2018

Tragikomicheskaya saga ot znamenitogo avtora "e;Mira glazami Garpa"e; i "e;Molitvy ob Ouehne Mini"e;, "e;Pravil vinodelov"e; i "e;Syna cirka"e;, shirokomasshtabnyj burlesk, skhodnyj po razmahu s "e;Bojnej nomer pyat'"e; Kurta Vonneguta ili "e;Ulovkoj-22"e; Dzhozefa Hellera. Esli vy lyubite semejnye sagi, esli umeete vosprinimat' chuzhuyu bol' kak svoyu, esli sposobny "e;stat' oderzhimym i ne rasteryat' oderzhimosti"e;, sem'ya Berri stanet dlya vas rodnoj. Itak, na letnej rabote v kurortnom otele "e;Arbutnot-chto-na-more"e; vstrechayutsya mal'chik i devochka. EHto dlya nih poslednee leto detstva: mal'chik kopit den'gi na uchebu v Garvarde, devochka sobiraetsya na sekretarskie kursy. No vse menyaetsya s pribytiem zatejnika po imeni Frejd na motocikle, v kolyaske kotorogo sidit medved' po klichke SHtat Mehn... Kul'tovuyu ehkranizaciyu kul'tovogo romana snyal Toni Richardson (dvazhdy "e;oskarovskij"e; laureat, laureat kannskoj Zolotoj pal'movoj vetvi), glavnye roli ispolnili Bo Bridzhes, Dzhodi Foster, Nastas'ya Kinski, Rob Lou.

Last Night in Twisted River

Last Night in Twisted River

Author: John Irving Format: eBook Release Date: 18/07/2018

V tihom poselke lesorubov, okruzhennom gluhimi severnymi lesami, zhivut otec i syn. V otlichie ot bujnyh sosedej, ni vypivka, ni zhenshchiny ih osobo ne interesuyut, oni vedut spokojnuyu, razmerennuyu zhizn'. Odnako neveroyatnoe, bezumnoe proisshestvie, kotoroe moglo sluchit'sya lish' v knige Dzhona Irvinga, zastavlyaet ih spasat'sya begstvom. Oni ustremlyayutsya v otchayannoe puteshestvie po sverkayushchej neonovymi ognyami Amerike, a po ih sledam idet bezzhalostnyj policejskij po klichke Kovboj so svoim starym kol'tom... "e;Poslednyaya noch' u Izvilistoj reki"e; - blestyashchij, nezabyvaemyj roman ot odnogo iz krupnejshih prozaikov sovremennosti!

Son of the Circus

Son of the Circus

Author: John Irving Format: eBook Release Date: 24/11/2017

Tainstvennoe ubijstvo v bombejskom sportivnom klube "e;Dakuort"e; yavilos' ne pervym i ne poslednim zvenom v cepi zloveshchih sobytij. Korni ehtogo zlodejstva stol' gluboko prorosli v proshloe, chto glavnomu geroyu prishlos' pereosmyslit' vsyu svoyu zhizn', chtoby dojti do istokov tragedii. A v zhizni ehtoj chego tol'ko ne bylo: cirkovye karliki i slony, blistatel'naya ucheba v Vene i tshchatel'no zakonspirirovannoe napisanie scenariev dlya hitov Bollivuda, i dazhe zagadochnyj nochnoj ukus v nogu, sposobstvovavshij religioznomu obrashcheniyu.

Mozart's Piano Concertos

Mozart's Piano Concertos

Author: John Irving Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/05/2017

Mozart's piano concertos stand alongside his operas and symphonies as his most frequently performed and best loved music. They have attracted the attention of generations of musicologists who have explored their manifold meanings from a variety of viewpoints. In this study, John Irving brings together the various strands of scholarship surrounding Mozart's concertos including analytical approaches, aspects of performance practice and issues of compositional genesis based on investigation of manuscript and early printed editions. Treating the concertos collectively as a repertoire, rather than as individual works, the first section of the book tackles broad thematic issues such as the role of the piano concerto in Mozart's quasi-freelance life in late eighteenth-century Vienna, the origin of his concertos in earlier traditions of concerto writing; eighteenth-century theoretical frameworks for the understanding of movement forms, subsequent historical shifts in the perception of the concerto's form, listening strategies and performance practices. This is followed by a 'documentary register' which proceeds through all 23 original works, drawing together information on the source materials. Accounts of the concertos' compositional genesis, early performance history and reception are also included here, drawing extensively on the Mozart family correspondence and other contemporary reports. Drawing together and synthesizing this wealth of material, Irving provides an invaluable reference source for those already familiar with this repertoire.

Understanding Mozart's Piano Sonatas

Understanding Mozart's Piano Sonatas

Author: John Irving Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2016

Mozart's piano sonatas are among the most familiar of his works and stand alongside those of Haydn and Beethoven as staples of the pianist's repertoire. In this study, John Irving looks at a wide selection of contextual situations for Mozart's sonatas, focusing on the variety of ways in which they assume identities and achieve meanings. In particular, the book seeks to establish the provisionality of the sonatas' notated texts, suggesting that the texts are not so much identifiers as possibilities and that their identity resides in the usage. Close attention is paid to reception matters, analytical approaches, organology, the role of autograph manuscripts, early editions and editors, and aspects of historical performance practice - all of which go beyond the texts in opening windows onto Mozart's sonatas. Treating the sonatas collectively as a repertoire, rather than as individual works, the book surveys broad thematic issues such as the role of historical writing about music in defining a generic space for Mozart's sonatas, their construction within pedagogical traditions, the significance of sound as opposed to sight in these works (and in particular their sound on fortepianos of the later eighteenth-century) , and the creative role of the performer in their representation beyond the frame of the text. Drawing together and synthesizing this wealth of material, Irving provides an invaluable reference source for those already familiar with this repertoire.

Avenue of Mysteries

Avenue of Mysteries

Author: John Irving Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2016

Juan Diego's little sister is a mind reader. As a teenager, he struggles to keep anything secret - Lupe knows all the worst things that go through his mind. And sometimes she knows more. What a terrible burden it is to know - or to think you know - your future, or worse, the future of someone you love. What might a young girl be driven to do if she thought she had the power to change what lies ahead? Later in life, Juan Diego embarks on a journey to fulfil a promise he made in his youth. It is a long story and it has long awaited an ending, but Juan Diego is unable to write the final chapters. This is the story of what happens when the future collides with the past.

Avenue of Mysteries

Avenue of Mysteries

Author: John Irving Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2016

Juan Diego's little sister is a mind reader. As a teenager, he struggles to keep anything secret - Lupe knows all the worst things that go through his mind. And sometimes she knows more. What a terrible burden it is to know - or to think you know - your future, or worse, the future of someone you love. What might a young girl be driven to do if she thought she had the power to change what lies ahead? Later in life, Juan Diego embarks on a journey to fulfil a promise he made in his youth. It is a long story and it has long awaited an ending, but Juan Diego is unable to write the final chapters. This is the story of what happens when the future collides with the past.

cider house rules

cider house rules

Author: John Irving Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2016

Klassicheskaya saga o lyubvi i vybore ot blistatel'nogo Dzhona Irvinga, avtora takih mirovyh bestsellerov, kak "e;Mir glazami Garpa i "e;Otel' N'yu-Gehmpshir, "e;Pravila vinodelov i "e;Syn cirka, "e;Molitva ob Ouehne Mini i "e;Muzhchiny ne ee zhizni. Itak, molodoj doktor priezzhaet v provincial'nyj gorodok rabotat' v priyute dlya sirot. On pomogaet zhenshchinam ehtih sirot rozhat', on vospityvaet broshennyh imi detej... EHto kniga o tom, chto kazhdyj mechtaet o sem'e, osobenno sirota. EHto kniga o prostyh zhiznennyh pravilah, kotoryh dolzhny priderzhivat'sya lyudi, esli oni hotyat ostavat'sya lyud'mi, ob obyazatel'stvah, kotorye nastoyashchie lyudi berut na sebya i vypolnyayut, i o prizvanii, kotoroe, kak ni kruti, est' u kazhdogo v zhizni, no ne vsyakij ego najdet. Kinoversiya romana, snyataya Lasse Hal'stremom (v rolyah Tobi Maguajr, SHarliz Teron, Majkl Kejn), byla nominirovana na sem' "e;Oskarov i dva "e;Oskara poluchila, prichem odin iz nih dostalsya samomu Irvingu - za luchshij scenarij.

Avenue of Mysteries

Avenue of Mysteries

Author: John Irving Format: eBook Release Date: 03/11/2015

John Irving returns to the themes that established him as one of our most admired and beloved authors in this absorbing novel of fate and memory.As we grow oldermost of all, in what we remember and what we dreamwe live in the past. Sometimes, we live more vividly in the past than in the present. As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but what travels with him are his dreams and memories; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico. An aura of fate had marked him, John Irving writes, of Juan Diego. The chain of events, the links in our liveswhat leads us where were going, the courses we follow to our ends, what we dont see coming, and what we doall this can be mysterious, or simply unseen, or even obvious. Avenue of Mysteries is the story of what happens to Juan Diego in the Philippines, where what happened to him in the pastin Mexicocollides with his future.

prayer for Owen Meany

prayer for Owen Meany

Author: John Irving Format: eBook Release Date: 30/07/2014

Dzhon Irving - finalist Nacional'noj knizhnoj premii SSHA. Tragikomicheskaya saga ot znamenitogo avtora "e;Mira glazami Garpa i "e;Otelya N'yu-Gehmpshir, "e;Pravil vinodelov i "e;Muzhchin ne ee zhizni, "e;Poslednej nochi na Izvilistoj reke i "e;CHetvertoj ruki, panoramnyj burlesk, skhodnyj po razmahu s "e;Bojnej nomer pyat' Kurta Vonneguta ili "e;Ulovkoj-22 Dzhozefa Hellera. EHta istoriya o ne vedayushchem somnenij mal'chishke, kotoryj obretaet strannuyu vlast' nad lyud'mi i samim hodom veshchej, polna misticheskih sobytij i pochti detektivnyh zagadok, neobyasnimyh sovpadenij i zerkal'nyh povtorov, v svoyu ochered' povtoryayushchih - podchas ironicheski - syuzhet Evangeliya. Kak poluchilos', chto odinnadcatiletnij Ouehn Mini, nechayanno ubiv mat' svoego luchshego druga, privodit ego k Bogu? Pochemu govoryashchij fal'cetom shchuplyj, lopouhij rebenok, podobno Hristu, providit svoyu sud'bu: emu tochno izvestno, kogda i kak on umret? Po mneniyu Stivena Kinga, "e;nikto eshche ne pokazyval Hrista tak, kak Irving v svoem romane.

Widow for one year

Widow for one year

Author: John Irving Format: eBook Release Date: 26/06/2014

Nesomnennyj klassik sovremennoj literatury Zapada i odin iz ee neosporimyh liderov vvergaet chitatelya v zerkal'nyj labirint otrazhenij: strahi iz detskih knizhek nekogda populyarnogo pisatelya Teda Koula neozhidanno obrastayut plot'yu, i vot uzhe monstr iz skazki prevrashchaetsya v real'nogo man'yaka-ubijcu, chtoby pochti cherez sorok let doch' pisatelya, tozhe pisatel'nica, sobiraya material dlya romana, sdelalas' svidetel'nicej ego zhestokogo prestupleniya. No v pervuyu ochered' roman Irvinga o lyubvi. Atmosfera sgushchennoj chuvstvennosti, lyubvi bez beregov i ogranichenij napolnyaet ego stranicy nekoj magneticheskoj siloj, prevrashchaya chitatelya v uchastnika volshebnogo dejstva.

world according to Garp

world according to Garp

Author: John Irving Format: eBook Release Date: 27/05/2014

Tragikomicheskaya saga ot znamenitogo avtora "e;Otelya N'yu-Gehmpshir i "e;Pravil vinodelov, "e;Muzhchin ne ee zhizni i "e;Poslednej nochi na Izvilistoj reke, "e;Syna cirka i "e;CHetvertoj ruki, panoramnyj burlesk, skhodnyj po razmahu s "e;Bojnej nomer pyat' Kurta Vonneguta ili "e;Ulovkoj-22 Dzhozefa Hellera. Imenno "e;Mir glazami Garpa sdelal Irvinga sovremennym klassikom; roman byl udostoen premii Nacional'nogo knizhnogo fonda, vhodil v short-list Nacional'noj knizhnoj premii SSHA, a takzhe, po upornym sluham, i v short-list Pulicerovskoj premii (oglashat' pulicerovskie short-listy nachali rovno so sleduyushchego premial'nogo goda). "e;Mir glazami Garpa - ehto sovremennaya saga o sem'e, zhivushchej v nashem besposhchadnom mire, chleny kotoroj pytayutsya, kazhdyj po-svoemu i s peremennym uspekhom, obresti garmoniyu. Glavnyj geroj romana - pisatel', skandal'no znamenityj kak svoimi knigami, tak i obstoyatel'stvami svoego poyavleniya na svet; ego proizvedeniya, realistichnye i absurdnye, vpleteny v tkan' romana. Sam avtor tochnee vsego opredelil otnoshenie budushchih chitatelej k knige: "e;Ona, vozmozhno, vyzovet poroj ulybku dazhe u samogo mrachnogo tipa, odnako razob'et nemalo chereschur nezhnyh serdec.

Imaginary Girlfriend

Imaginary Girlfriend

Author: John Irving Format: eBook Release Date: 10/12/2013

Dedicated to the memory of two wrestling coaches and two writer friends, The Imaginary Girlfriend is John Irving's candid memoir of his twin careers in writing and wrestling. The award-winning author of best-selling novels from The World According to Garp to In One Person, Irving began writing when he was fourteen, the same age at which he began to wrestle at Exeter. He competed as a wrestler for twenty years, was certified as a referee at twenty-four, and coached the sport until he was forty-seven. Irving coached his sons Colin and Brendan to New England championship titles, a championship that he himself was denied.In an autobiography filled with the humor and compassion one finds in his fiction, Irving explores the interrelationship between the two disciplines of writing and wrestling, from the days when he was a beginner at both until his fourth wresting related surgery at the age of fifty-three. Writing as a father and mentor, he offers a lucid portrait of thosewriters and wrestlers from Kurt Vonnegut to Ted Seabrookewho played a mentor role in his development as a novelist, wrestler, and wrestling coach. He reveals lessons he learned about the pursuit for which he is best known, writing. And, as the Denver Post observed, in filling his narrative with anecdotes that are every bit as hilarious as the antics in his novels, Irving combines the lessons of both obsessions (wrestling and writing) . . . into a somber reflection on the importance of living well.Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

Author: John Irving Format: eBook Release Date: 05/11/2013

Trying to Save Piggy Sneed contains a dozen short works by John Irving, beginning with three memoirs, including an account of Mr. Irvings dinner with President Ronald Reagan at the White House. The longest of the memoirs, The Imaginary Girlfriend, is the core of this collection.The middle section of the book is fiction. Since the publication of his first novel, Setting Free the Bears, in 1968, John Irving has written twelve more novels but only half a dozen stories that he considers finished: they are all published here, including Interiors, which won the O. Henry Award. In the third and final section are three essays of appreciation: one on Gnter Grass, two on Charles Dickens.To each of the twelve pieces, Mr. Irving has contributed his Authors Notes. These notes provide some perspective on the circumstances surrounding the writing of each piecefor example, an election-year diary of the Bush-Clinton campaigns accompanies Mr. Irvings memoir of his dinner with President Reagan; and the notes to one of his short stories explain that the story was presented and sold to Playboy as the work of a woman.Trying to Save Piggy Sneed is both as moving and as mischievous as readers would expect from the author of The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer of Owen Meany, A Widow for One Year, and In One Person. And Mr. Irvings concise autobiography, The Imaginary Girlfriend, is both a work of the utmost literary accomplishment and a paradigm for living.Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fictionnovels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

In One Person

In One Person

Author: John Irving Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/03/2013

Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a 'sexual suspect', a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 - in his landmark novel of 'terminal cases', The World According to Garp . His most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany , John Irving's In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy's friends and lovers - a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. Not least, In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself 'worthwhile'.

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