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On Becoming a Novelist
by John Gardner
John Gardner’s classic exploration of the creative processes and career paths of modern fiction writers In this essential guide, John Gardner advises the aspiring fiction author on such topics as the value of creative writing workshops, the developmental stages of literary growth, and the inevitable experience of writer’s block....
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Categories: Writing and Publishing
Grendel
by John Gardner
The first and most terrifying monster in English literature, from the great early epic  Beowulf , tells his own side of the story in this frequently banned book. This  classic and much lauded retelling of Beowulf  follows the monster Grendel as he learns about humans and fights the war at the center of the Anglo Saxon classic...
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Categories: All Fantasy; Classic Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers
by John Gardner
This classic guide, from the renowned novelist and professor, has helped transform generations of aspiring writers into masterful writers—and will continue to do so for many years to come.     John Gardner was almost as famous as a teacher of creative writing as he was for his own works. In this practical, instructive handbook, based...
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Categories: Writing and Publishing
October Light
by John Gardner
  John Gardner’s New York Times bestselling, National Book Critics Circle Award–winning metafictional novel centering on the tumultuous relationship of two elderly siblings   James is a cantankerous and conservative seventy-two-year-old who has spent his life caring for the animals on his farm. His widowed older...
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On Writers & Writing
by John Gardner
John Gardner’s essential collection encompassing the fundamentals of fiction writing In this posthumously published collection of his essays and reviews, acclaimed novelist John Gardner discusses the craft of fiction writing, taking to task some of his best-known contemporaries in the process. Gardner criticizes some for writing...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; Writing and Publishing
The Art of Living: And Other Stories
by John Gardner
  An inspired book of short stories that explores the profound relationship between life and art   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...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; Literary Fiction
On Moral Fiction
by John Gardner
John Gardner’s acclaimed search for the lost morality in art and literature   Novelist John Gardner’s thesis in  On Moral Fiction  is simple: “True art is by its nature moral.” It is also an audacious statement, as Gardner asserts an inherent value in life and in art. Since the book’s first publication, the passion...
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Freddy's Book
by John Gardner
  The bestselling story of a king’s crusade to vanquish the Devil and to defeat the monster in each of us   A visiting lecturer is lured to the remote, gothic mansion of an estranged professor and his only son, who is described as a monster. But soon, the visitor enters an enchanting new world when he begins reading the...
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Mickelsson's Ghosts
by John Gardner
  Gardner’s final novel: a delicate tapestry of literary genres that create a wonderfully mysterious and ambitious narrative      As Peter Mickelsson’s brilliant career as a professor at Brown University winds down, he suffers from alcoholism and is on the brink of divorce. Seeking a new start, Mickelsson moves to an old...
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Dragon, Dragon: And Other Tales
by John Gardner
Four tales of fantasy from a twentieth-century literary master—selected as the 1975 New York Times Outstanding Book for Children John Gardner’s first children’s book takes the traditional fairy tale and turns it on its head. In the title story, a meddlesome dragon meets his match. “The Tailor and the Giant” tells the...
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Categories: All Children's Lit
Air Apparent (Boysie Oakes Thriller Book 6)
by John Gardner
Boysie Oakes, ex anguished agent, ex defective private eye, and greying horrifically at the temples, is facing the wilderness of middle-age supported only by the Welfare State. At long last Boysie Oakes has reached seedy maturity - and he plans to grow old quietly without any more dangerous missions. Until, like an evil genie, up pops...
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
The Sunlight Dialogues
by John Gardner
  John Gardner’s sweeping portrait of the collision of opposing philosophical perspectives in 1960s America, centering on the appearance of a mysterious stranger in a small upstate New York town   One summer day, a countercultural drifter known only as the Sunlight Man appears in Batavia, New York. Jailed for painting the...
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Categories: Literary Fiction
The Life & Times of Chaucer
by John Gardner
The pinnacle of Gardner’s medieval scholarship: a fascinating re-creation of the world of one of history’s greatest writers In this exquisite biography, John Gardner brings to life Geoffrey Chaucer, illuminating his writings and their inspiration like never before. Through exhaustive research and expert storytelling...
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Categories: Arts & Literature Bios & Memoirs
In the Suicide Mountains
by John Gardner
 An intricately woven fable filled with magical creatures—and astonishing surprises  In this wonderful fantasy, John Gardner weaves tales within tales to bring a magical world to vivid life. When three travelers on their way to the Suicide Mountains meet an enigmatic man, the Abbot of the Ancient Monastery, they begin a series of...
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Categories: All Fantasy
Jason & Medeia
by John Gardner
  A mythological masterpiece about dedication and the disintegration of romantic affection   In this magnificent epic poem, John Gardner renders his interpretation of the ancient story of Jason and Medeia. Confined in the palace of King Creon, and longing to return to his rightful kingdom Iolcus, Jason asks his wife, the...
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Nickel Mountain
by John Gardner
  One man’s search for personal grace in a town plagued by misfortune   Henry Soames runs a diner in an eccentric rural community in the Catskills. He is anxious and overweight, and at age forty-two, suffers from poor health. When Callie Wells, Soames’s seventeen-year-old employee, is impregnated by a local boy on his way...
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