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John Gardner
John Gardner (1933-1982) was born in Batavia, New York. His critically acclaimed books include the novels Grendel, The Sunlight Dialogues, and October Light, for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as several works of nonfiction and criticism such as On Becoming a... show more

John Gardner (1933-1982) was born in Batavia, New York. His critically acclaimed books include the novels Grendel, The Sunlight Dialogues, and October Light, for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as several works of nonfiction and criticism such as On Becoming a Novelist. He was also a professor of medieval literature and a pioneering creative writing teacher whose students included Raymond Carver and Charles Johnson.
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Birth date: July 21, 1933
Died: September 14, 1982
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Rod Raglin
Rod Raglin rated it 10 months ago
I began reading Nickel Mountain by John Gardner because I wanted to see if one of the most renown teachers of fiction could actually write as well as he expected others to. Gardner felt that aspiring to be an author was almost akin to a "higher calling" and required rigorous study and practice. As...
Reading For The Heck Of It
Reading For The Heck Of It rated it 1 year ago
I have to assume that a large majority of you studied the epic poem, Beowulf, when you were in high school. If you recall, this is often cited as the oldest example of an epic poem in Old English and it tells the story of the hero, Beowulf, who comes to aid a king who is plagued by a monster known a...
Rod Raglin
Rod Raglin rated it 1 year ago
One of the most interesting things about this book is how attitudes have changed in regards to what it means to be an author. The Art of Fiction - Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner, was published in 1984, long before the advent of online platforms that make self-publishing free and ...
hearth/myth: Rursday Reads
hearth/myth: Rursday Reads rated it 3 years ago
I'm embarrassed to admit that I had never read this fantasy classic until after I heard it recommended twice in one day at last year's World Fantasy Convention.Most English-speaking readers are familiar with Beowulf. Even if it wasn't foisted upon you in a high school or college English class, most ...
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bezweifeln rated it 4 years ago
The author uses examples of good authors to illustrate his points. This is fine as long as one has read the author in question. As I read this book I was most often compiling a list of authors I should read so i could fully understand Gardner's opinions. When he used reprinted examples, I was there,...
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