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The Wrestler

He slaps the side of my head--twice, in quick succession--then hooks a hand behind my neck, and we lean hard into each other, our weight stuttering us one way,...

Books: A Saga of Loss And Recovery

It has been 20 years since John Irving's fourth novel, The World According to Garp, made its author famous. Not only did the book attract a massive readership,...

A Letter From The Publisher: Aug. 31, 1981

In his 1978 review of The World According to Garp, Senior Writer R.Z. Sheppard declared that John Irving had moved into "the front rank of America's young...

Books: The Message Is the Message

A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving; Morrow; 543 pages; $19.95 Accidents usually accelerate John Irving's antic plots and keep his readers tuned for what...

Life into Art: Novelist John Irving

COVER STORY Garp Creator John Irving strikes again The pieces of the dream machine are in place. Scaffolding has been erected against a brick building for a...

Letters: Sep. 21, 1981

Irving's World To the Editors: John Irving [Aug. 31] is not only a masterly writer, he is a master teacher as well. At a Breadloaf workshop, he read a...

Books: Love, Art and the Last Puritan

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP by John Irving; Dutton; 437pages; $10.95 Why is an artist like a bear on a unicycle? John Irving does not have an answer; he does...

Books: Trumper's Complaint

THE WATER-METHOD MAN by JOHN IRVING 365 pages. Random House. $6.95. In John Irving's fine first novel, Setting Free the Bears, two Vienna University students...

Education: Talking Writing

Conferences for novices If I had to give young writers advice, I would say, 'Don't listen to writers talking about writing or about themselves.' " So said...

FOOD: Cold & Juicy

In the booming frozen orange juice business, no one had squeezed himself a bigger glass than husky, 37-year-old John Irving Moone, president of Manhattan's...

J.K. Rowling Speaks! Oh, and Two Other Writers Too

It's not every night that you see novelists treated like rock stars. But for two performances at New York's Radio City Music Hall this week, a capacity crowd of...

Cinema: The Cider House Rules

John Irving's rural sprawl of a novel becomes, in his screenplay, a small epic with subtle strengths. The setting is harsh--a Maine orphanage in the early '40s,...

Why Writers Attack Writers

The small but insignificant world of media chitchat was fluttered last week by Renata Adler's new memoir that takes a brilliant flamethrower to the New Yorker...

Revolt Of The Gentry

Vermont sometimes feels as if it is one sprawling town. It is a place where families go back eight generations and the Governor answers his own phone after 5 in...

BOOKS: Circus Maximalist

Ever since the roaring critical and commercial success of The World According to Garp (1978), the arrival of a new John Irving novel has been an occasion for...

Books: Rattling

The customer at Politics & Prose, a busy bookstore in Chevy Chase, Md., is mightily perplexed. There is this book, she tells the manager, something about the...

Cinema: Watery Grave

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP Directed by George Roy Hill Screenplay by Steve Tesich The world according to Novelist John Irving is a dangerous place, the...