Novelist and screenwriter John Irving is one of the most popular and respected writers in the world. His novels have become American classics — each one is a publishing event.
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 that earned Academy Award - Best Actor in a Supporting Role nominations for both John Lithgow and Glenn Close.
Since Garp’s release, Irving’s subsequent 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. He published his 12th novel, Last Night in Twisted River, in October 2009.
His novel, The Cider House Rules, became a movie in 1999 - 14 years after its initial publication. The film won him the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and received seven Oscar nominations.
As a child, Irving, who is dyslexic, learned to carefully read and recite every word in order to keep up in school. Thought to be practical at first, this absorption of language became a powerful tool in his literature. Irving earned his MFA from the University of Iowa where he studied with author Kurt Vonnegut.
Irving has won the O. Henry Award and awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the NEA, and the Guggenheim Foundation. A former competitive wrestler and coach, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1992, and in 2001 was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Irving has three screenplays in-progress. His 14th novel, Avenue of Mysteries, debuted at #5 on The New York Times best sellers list in November 2015.
- Irving discusses his 14th novel "Avenue of Mysteries"
- John Irving on what prompted him to become a writer and his approach to storytelling (2011)
- A Conversation with John Irving for The New York Times (2009)
- John Irving on Morning Joe (2009)
- Irving on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)
- John Irving on Theatricality in Fiction (2012)
- John Irving on InnerVIEWS (2006)
- John Irving talks to Jon Stewart (2005)
Avenue of Mysteries
In One Person
The Cider House Rules
Last Night in Twisted River
A Sound Like Someone Trying Not to Make a Sound
The Fourth Hand
My Movie Business: A Memoir
A Widow For One Year
Trying to Save Piggy Sneed
A Son of the Circus
A Prayer for Owen Meany
Until I Find You
The Hotel New Hampshire
The World According to Garp
The 158-Pound Marriage
The Water-Method Man
Setting Free The Bears
I wanted the conversation to continue for another 50 minutes. And off stage, John was a delightful person. We all wanted to spend more time with him.”
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