Search Results: "John Gardner"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2004

"Primarily of interest to devoted fans and those who knew Gardner."
Breezy appreciation by Silesky (Ferlinghetti, 1990, etc.), presenting the novelist as less an "outlaw" than a conventional man with a modest talent, a fierce drive, and a gift for self-destruction. Read full book review >

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AVA GARDNER by Lee Server
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2006

"Overlong, yet never dull. Server writes with a contagious enthusiasm for his subject and a solid grasp of Hollywood history that Ava's fans and film buffs will enjoy."
Little falls on the cutting room floor is this full-dress biography of a screen icon. Read full book review >

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AVA GARDNER by Ava Gardner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 2, 2013

"Juicy, but it leaves a nasty aftertaste."
Based on the movie star's late-night ramblings, an unvarnished account of her marriages and affairs in golden-age Hollywood. Read full book review >

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JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

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FREDDY'S BOOK by John Gardner
Released: March 1, 1980

"Here his lumbering counterattacks and homilies pummel away whatever surface charms the story has, making this a stiff little diversion (illustrated by Daniel Biamonte) of interest mainly to tireless observers of book-world bickering."
Gardner's belief in the primacy of tale-telling (see Moral Fiction) is so firm that he doesn't mind telling us that this tale isn't exactly his own: "A key event in Freddy's Book (King Gustav and the Devil) is drawn from a tale in Mark Helprin's collection, A Dove of the East and Other Stories," explains the prefatory note. Read full book review >

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GRENDEL by John Gardner
Released: Sept. 17, 1971

"At the close one is not sure if the savior is 'blithe of his deed,' but Gardner, the word-pleaser, should be."
As in Resurrection (1966) and The Wreckage of Agathon (1970) Gardner demonstrates his agility at juggling metaphysical notions while telling a diverting tale. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"An enjoyable true-crime tale accessible to lovers of art and whodunits alike."
U.S. News and World Report contributing editor Boser provides a rich account of his attempt to unravel the mystery of the world's largest unsolved art theft. Read full book review >

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MURDER AT THE GARDNER  by Jane Langton
Released: Feb. 23, 1988

"This is one not to miss."
The author of several stories featuring retired ex-cop (now Harvard lecturer) Homer Kelly (Natural Enemy, etc.) reveals unexpected strengths and charm in this new work. Read full book review >

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ON BECOMING A NOVELIST by John Gardner
Released: May 25, 1983

"Otherwise: for creative-writing teachers (and budding novelists) only—and, even on those terms, a mixture of the helpful and the platitudinous."
The late novelist John Gardner was also a longtime creative-writing teacher, and this small how-to book is addressed to "the beginning novelist who has already figured out that it is far more satisfying to write well than simply to write well enough to get published." Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 11, 1983

"Repetitious and disorganized, heavier on rhetoric than step-by-step guidance—but sure to interest creative-writing teachers and, to a lesser extent, beginning writers."
Like On Becoming a Novelist (p. 428), these lecture/instructions on writing—completed before novelist/teacher Gardner's death last year—involve an often-dense mixture of theory, philosophy, and practical technical matters. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1977

"Forcefully written, provocative, and filled with a likable spirit of freewheeling evangelism."
The Chaucer revealed by the last few decades of critical scholarship is much in need of a good popular biography; the cosy trivialities of Marchette Chute's 1946 Geoffrey Chaucer of England have little to do with the joyous solempnitee and vast sophistication we now discern in the works. Read full book review >

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THE POETRY OF CHAUCER by John Gardner
Released: March 1, 1977

"For all his obvious love and learning, Gardner has failed to make his own words, as Chaucer made his, 'cousin to the deed."
The highly regarded novelist (Grendel; Jason and Medeia) is also a Middle English scholar of long standing; his biographical companion to the present volume will appear this spring. Read full book review >