Now available as an ebook for the first time ever in America, the bestselling coming-of-age classic novel by John Irving—the 40th anniversary edition with a new introduction by the author. “He is more than popular. He is a Populist, determined to keep alive the Dickensian tradition that revels in colorful set pieces...and teaches moral lessons.”—The New York Times The opening sentence of John Irving’s breakout novel The World According to Garp signals the start of sexual violence, which becomes increasingly political. “Garp’s mother, Jenny Fields, was arrested in Boston in 1942 for wounding a man in a movie theater.” Jenny is an unmarried nurse; she becomes a single mom and a feminist leader, beloved but polarizing. Her son, Garp, is less beloved, but no less polarizing. From the tragicomic tone of its first sentence to its mordantly funny last line—“we are all terminal cases”—The World According to Garp maintains a breakneck pace. The subject of sexual hatred—of intolerance of sexual minorities and differences—runs the gamut of “lunacy and sorrow.” Winner of the National Book Award, Garp is a comedy with forebodings of doom. In more than thirty languages, in more than forty countries—with more than ten million copies in print—Garp is the precursor of John Irving’s later protest novels.
Author: Books, LLC
Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series
Release Date: 2010-05
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 326. Chapters: Architecture of Phillips Exeter Academy, Phillips Exeter Academy alumni, Phillips Exeter Academy faculty, Daniel Dennett, Daniel Webster, Gore Vidal, Howard Hawks, The World According to Garp, Charles C. Krulak, Louis Kahn, John Irving, Frederick Buechner, Tim Wirth, Carlos Romero Barcel, Benmont Tench, Thomas Bulfinch, George Bancroft, Booth Tarkington, Dan Brown, Pierre S. du Pont, IV, Bobby Shriver, Sam Fuld, James Thomas Aubrey, Jr., Harrison Pope, Dave Douglas, Mark Zuckerberg, Franklin Pierce, Robert Benchley, Benjamin Ogle Tayloe, John Negroponte, M. Scott Peck, Jay Rockefeller, Frederick Winslow Taylor, Judd Gregg, Gifford Pinchot, Dudley Leavitt, Amos Alonzo Stagg, George Plimpton, George Gilder, Ned Lamont, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Phillips Exeter Academy Library, Stewart Brand, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Michael S. Greco, Charles R. Forbes, List of Phillips Exeter Academy alumni, Old Crow Medicine Show, Drew Pearson, Frank Barbour, Michael Cerveris, Kent Conrad, Robert Todd Lincoln, Barry Golson, Ralph Adams Cram, Paul Klebnikov, Greg Craig, Lex Barker, Roland Merullo, David Mumford, Lewis Cass, Peter Benchley, James Agee, Peter R. Orszag, George W. S. Trow, Richard S. Arnold, Nicholas Katzenbach, George Bradburn, Abbot Hall, Donald Hall, Chester E. Finn, Jr., Terry Goddard, John K. Fairbank, John Adams Dix, John Pittenger, John P. Hale, Arthur Bluethenthal, Larz Anderson, Kenneth Bacon, Robert Thurman, John G. Palfrey, Andover-Exeter rivalry, Catherine Disher, Morris S. Arnold, Hart Day Leavitt, Corliss Lamont, Charles Horman, Hayford Peirce, Mike Morrison, Soce, the elemental wizard, Werner Janssen, John Sherburne Sleeper, Edwin C. Parsons, Adam Guettel, Benno C. Schmidt, Jr., John Palfrey, Michael von Clemm, George E. Kimball, Jared Sparks, Lee McClung, Alessandro Nivola, Robert Bates, T. A. Dwight ...
Author: Judith Spector
Publisher: Popular Press
Release Date: 1986
Genre: Social Science
The essays in Gender Studies explore relationships between gender and creativity, identity, and genre within the context of literary analysis. Some of the essays are psychoanalytic in approach in that they seek to discover the sexual dynamic/s involved in the creation of literature as an art form. Still others attempt to isolate and examine the sexual attitudes inherent in the works of particular authors or genres, or to determine how writers explore the sensibilities of each gender.
Author: Barbara Tepa Lupack
Publisher: Popular Press
Release Date: 1994-01-01
Genre: Performing Arts
The essays, whose authors include some of the foremost scholars of contemporary American literature and film, offer critical insights into the visions of both the novelist and the filmmaker as well as important discussions of how those visions converge and diverge. The essays thus contribute not only to an understanding of the relationship of any given film to the book which inspired it but also to the lively and continuing debate on the very nature and merits of adaptation itself.
Author: Joe L. Kincheloe
Publisher: SUNY Press
Release Date: 1991-01-01
Contemporary curriculum discourses include historical, political, and autobiographical understandings -- all important in the effort to read critically the educational act. The authors of this volume introduce the notion of "place" to the study of curriculum, focusing on the "southern place" to ground and illustrate this form of analysis. Curriculum that recognizes the significance of place, that situates itself geographically, extends the social psychoanalytic methodology and concretizes its emancipatory intent.
John Irving and Cultural Mourning offers a chronological survey of his eleven novels, examining his prose via thematically focused chapters on postmodernism, the sixties, fatherhood, narcissism, mourning and finally self-redemption.
Author: Sally Robinson
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Release Date: 2000-08-31
Genre: Literary Criticism
White men still hold most of the political and economic cards in the United States; yet stories about wounded and traumatized men dominate popular culture. Why are white men jumping on the victim bandwagon? Examining novels by Philip Roth, John Updike, James Dickey, John Irving, and Pat Conroy and such films as Deliverance, Misery, and Dead Poets Society—as well as other writings, including The Closing of the American Mind—Sally Robinson argues that white men are tempted by the possibilities of pain and the surprisingly pleasurable tensions that come from living in crisis.
Author: Kim A. Loudermilk
Release Date: 2013-08-21
Genre: Literary Criticism
This book focuses on the ways in which second-wave feminism has been represented in American popular culture, and on the effects that these representations have had on feminism as a political movement. Kim Loudermilk provides close readings of four best-selling novels and their film adaptations. According to Loudermilk, each of these novels contains explicitly feminist characters and themes, yet each presents a curiously ambivalent picture of feminism; these texts at once take feminism seriously and subtly undercut its most central tenets. This book argues that these texts create a kind of "fictional feminism" that recuperates feminism's radical potential, thereby lessening the threat it presents to the status quo.
Author: Edward C. Reilly
Release Date: 1991
Analyzes Irving's novels including the popular 'World According to Garp' & 'Hotel New Hampshire'--their settings, characters, conflicts, symbols, & themes as they reveal his maturing literary techniques & comprehensive world vision.
Author: John Irving
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2012-05-10
A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love — tormented, funny, and affecting — and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a ‘sexual suspect’, a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 — in his landmark novel of ‘terminal cases’, The World According to Garp. His most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving’s In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy’s friends and lovers — a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. Not least, In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself ‘worthwhile’.