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John Irving

John Winslow Irving was born in Exeter, New Hampshire in 1942. He attended University of New Hampshire. Participated in study-abroad program in Vienna, studying under Gunter Grass. Married while an undergraduate and had his first of three sons at 23. First teaching job at Windham College in Vermont . Worked as assistant professor of English at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts .
"Mentored" by Kurt Vonnegut in the late 1960ís. Divorced in 1981 from his first wife and remarried to Janet Turnbull, his agent, a Canadian .Currently coaches wrestling in addition to his literary duties 

 

 

 

 

Setting Free The Bears
1968 
Siggy and Hannes were disenchanted students and fellow conspirators. With their horny haunches astride a 700cc Royal Enfield motorcycle they roamed the Austrian countryside, living off the land and the landowners... joined on their journey by Gallen, a long-limbed lovely hitchhiker... zeroing in on the Vienna Zoo and Siggy's life-long objective: setting free the bears.

 

The Water-Method Man
1972

 

The 158-Pound Marrige
1974

 

The World According To Garp 
1978 
This is the life and times of T.S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her times. Theirs is a world of sexual extremes and even sexual assassinations. Yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust. In more than thirty languages, in more than forty countries, this novel provides almost cheerful, even hilarious evidence of its famous last line: "In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases."

 

The Hotel New Hampshire 
1981

 

The Cider House Rules 
1985

 

A Prayer For Owen Meany 
1989

 

A Son Of The Circus 
1994

I tried once - but I could not finish it...

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