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John Gardner

John Gardner

·3.8·47,062 Ratings
“ Knock, And He'll open the door. Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun. Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens. Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything. ” ― Rumi
Authors' Books
  • Jason and Medeia

    1986·
    ·4.2·85 Ratings
  • The King's Indian: Stories and Tales

    1989·
    ·3.87·122 Ratings
    In this exceptional book, author John Gardner explores the literary form as a vehicle of vision, and creates heroes that personify his tremendous artistic ideals. A Boston schoolmaster abandons his dreams of owning a farmhouse in rural Illinois only to be
  • On Becoming a Novelist

    1999·
    ·4.1·2,171 Ratings
    On Becoming a Novelist contains the wisdom accumulated during John Gardner's distinguished twenty-year career as a fiction writer and creative writing teacher. With elegance, humor, and sophistication, Gardner describes the life of a working novelist; war
  • The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers

    1991·
    ·4·4,779 Ratings
    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 w
  • October Light

    2005·
    ·3.87·807 Ratings
    Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. New Directions is excited to reissue the Gardner classics, beginning with October Light, a complex relationship rendered in a down-to-earth narrative. October Light is one of John Gardner's masterworks. Th
  • Mickelsson's Ghosts

    1989·
    ·4.02·348 Ratings
    An American novel —Gardner's final masterwork. — about a philosophy professor's messed up life.
  • On Writers and Writing

    1995·
    ·3.72·73 Ratings
    "All my life, " John Gardner wrote, weeks before his death in a motorcycle accident, "I've lived flat-out. As a motorcycle racer, chemist, writer...I was never cautious." This goes for John Gardner the critic as well, and that is nowhere more evident than
  • The Sunlight Dialogues

    2017·
    ·3.95·597 Ratings
    In The Sunlight Dialogues, John Gardner's vision of America in the turbulent 1960s embraces an unconventional cast of conventional citizens in the small rural town of Batavia, New York. Sheriff Fred Clumly is trying desperately to unravel mysteries surrou
  • Freddy's Book

    1993·
    ·3.78·350 Ratings
    "Combines the fascination of a fairy tale . . . with beautifully defined characters and an underlying seriousness of purpose that makes it something far more important. . . Freddy's Book is the work of a master storyteller."-Anne Tyler In a gloomy mansion
  • Becoming a Writer

    1981·
    ·3.99·4,289 Ratings
    Refreshingly slim, beautifully written and deliciously elegant, Dorothea Brande's Becoming a Writer remains evergreen decades after it was first written. Brande believed passionately that although people have varying amounts of talent, anyone can write. I
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