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!
$264.85 Good Morning, Midnight
Jon Robin Baitz
From: $129.83 How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
$172.83 I Lost it at the Movies
$154.63 The Banquet Years
Justin Vivian Bond
$169.79 Eustace Chisholm And The Works
From: $139.94 Guide
$151.83 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
From: $142.97 Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny
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