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General Information

Name:  John Champlin Gardner  

Pen Name: John Gardner


Audience: Adult; 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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

A child's bestiary /
ISBN: 0394834836. OCLC Number: 2837597

Knopf :. .

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

Dragon, dragon and other tales /
ISBN: 0553150677. OCLC Number: 427178452

Bantam,. .

Four fairy tales featuring a dragon, a giant, a cunning mule, and a little chimney-girl.

Dragon, dragon, and other tales /
ISBN: 039493122X. OCLC Number: 1288267

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Four fairy tales featuring a dragon, a giant, a cunning mule, and a little chimney-girl.

ISBN: 0679723110. OCLC Number: 161732

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The first and most terrifying monster in English literature, from the great early epic Beowulf, tells his own side of the story.

Jason and Medeia
ISBN: 0394483170. OCLC Number: 675971

Knopf; [distributed by Random House]. .

A modern retelling of the ancient Greek myth depicting the love of Jason, the hero who claimed the kingdom of Iolcus, and the princess of Caechis, Medeia.

Mickelsson's ghosts :
ISBN: 0394504682. OCLC Number: 7976018

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The critically acclaimed final masterwork of John Gardner: an American novel haunted with macabre and cerebral elements. The final novel by Gardner, Mickelsson's Ghosts, originally published in 1982 just months before his untimely death in a motorcycle accident, is a tour de force. The protagonist Peter Mickelsson, a former star philosophy professor at Brown, relocates to Binghamton University. On the verge of bankruptcy, separated from his wife, in questionable mental health, and drinking heavily, Mickelsson decides to buy a country house in northeastern Pennsylvania. What he encounters there are impassioned and shameless love affairs (one of which results in a regrettable pregnancy), a Mormon extremist cult, small town mythologies, the robbery of a robber, multiple murders, the ghosts of an incestuous family, Plato, and our hero's own possible insanity.

Nickel mountain :
ISBN: 0345292944. OCLC Number: 3823741

Ballantine Books,. .

Oktoberlicht :
ISBN: 3498024299. OCLC Number: 611086021

Rowohlt,. .

On moral fiction
ISBN: 0465052266. OCLC Number: 3631236

Basic Books,. .

Argues that great moral fiction has open-mindedly tested human values in an attempt to discover what best promotes human fulfillment and that current fiction fails to do so and, thus, undermines our experience of literature and our faith in ourselves.

The construction of the Wakefield cycle.
ISBN: 0809306654. OCLC Number: 866498

Southern Illinois University Press. .

The life & times of Chaucer
ISBN: 0394493176. OCLC Number: 2020539

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A biography of the medieval English author who wrote The Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde, The Legend of Good Women, and other works.

The sunlight dialogues
ISBN: 039447144X. OCLC Number: 333602

Knopf ; [distributed by Random House],. .

A stolid, law-and-order policeman in western N.Y. state encounters a mad hippie who paints the word LOVE on the street, escapes from jail, helps another prisoner escape, and, in the process, murders a policeman. The hunt is on....

The wreckage of Agathon
ISBN: 0345224728. OCLC Number: 270147655

Ballantine Books,. .