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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John Champlin Gardner  

Pen Name: John Gardner


Audience: Adult; Children; Children;

Born: July 21, 1933 in Batavia, New York

Died: September 13, 1982

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Illinois Connection

John Gardner was on the faculty of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale from 1965 to 1974.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Gardner was a well-known and controversial American novelist, critc and university professor, best known for his novel ''Grendel'', a retelling of the Beowulf myth. His books frequently reflect his backgound in medieval literature.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

A Child's Bestiary
ISBN: 0394834836

Random House Childrens Books. 1977

A collection of humorous verses about animals, friendly or otherwise.

Dragon Dragon and Other Timeless Tales
ISBN: 0553150677

Bantam Books. 1976

Dragon, Dragon, and Other Tales
ISBN: 039493122X

Alfred a Knopf Inc. 1975

Four contemporary variations on traditional fairytale themes involve a dragon and a cobbler's son, a giant and a cowardly tailor, a talking mule, and a scatter-brained chimney-sweep and a handsome prince