John Irving

American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter

Monday, September 26, 2016

Novelist and screenwriter John Irving, is one of the most popular and respected writers in the world. His novels have become American classics. Irving’s first international bestseller, The World According to Garp, introduced the world of readers to his inventive and expansive style, memorable characters and masterfully woven stories – within-stories. Garp won a National Book Award in 1980, and was made into a film starring Robin Williams who earned an Academy Award. His novel, The Cider House Rules, was written in 1985 and won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. His novels, including A Son of the Circus, A Prayer for Owen Meany, A Widow for One Year, The Fourth Hand and Until I Find You, have been translated into over 30 languages and sold tens of millions of copies. Irving has won the O. Henry Award and awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the NEA, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

“Irving is among the very best storytellers at work today. At the base of Irving’s own moral concerns is a rare and lasting regard for human kindness.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Entertaining and affecting…John Irving is the most relentlessly inventive writer around. He proliferates colorful incidents and crotchets of character. A truly astounding amount of artistry and ingenuity.” –The San Diego Union

“Summarizing the plot of a John Irving novel is like trying to divert the Nile River into a champagne flute.” – New York Times