For the American novelist, John Irving, international success arrived in 1978 with
The World According to Garp, now published as a Modern Library edition, along with three of his other celebrated works-- The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and A Widow for One Year. This November he publishes his 15th novel, Avenue of Mysteries.
Below are John Irving’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually. See the full list...
The Scarlett Letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850)
In Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, those churchwomen gossiping about what they would do to Hester - not mark her clothes but brand her forehead, or kill her - would later drive me to make sexual explicitness and sexual minorities features of many of my novels.
Melville's Moby-Dick - particularly, Queequeg and his coffin/life buoy - taught me that foreshadow is the storytelling companion to fate.
The Mayor of Casterbridge
Thomas Hardy (1886)
As for fate, and how you can't escape yours: Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge is pretty harsh. A guy sells his wife and daughter to a sailor in the first chapter; he can never atone for that. And Hardy's critics wanted him to write more uplifting endings!
$172.83 I Lost it at the Movies
$231.75 Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean, and Fair
$164.54 The Quiet American
$171.79 The Blue Flower
by Penelope Fitzgerald
$168.85 The Narrow Road to the Deep North
$141.81 The Talented Mr Ripley
Justin Vivian Bond
$169.79 Eustace Chisholm And The Works
$156.47 The Brigadier and the Golf Widow
$173.73 To the End of the Land
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