The Sunlight Dialogues

The Sunlight Dialogues
Author: John Gardner
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Total Pages: 722
Release: 2006
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780811216708

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Vivid, compassionate, and often disturbing, this expansive novel is John Gardner's masterpiece.

The Sunlight Dialogues

The Sunlight Dialogues
Author: John Gardner
Publisher:
Total Pages: 736
Release: 1984
Genre:
ISBN: 9780099350804

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The Sunlight Dialogues

The Sunlight Dialogues
Author: John Gardner
Publisher: Open Road Media
Total Pages: 629
Release: 2010-09-21
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1453203664

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DIV DIVDIVJohn Gardner’s sweeping portrait of the collision of opposing philosophical perspectives in 1960s America, centering on the appearance of a mysterious stranger in a small upstate New York town/divDIV /div/divDIVOne summer day, a countercultural drifter known only as the Sunlight Man appears in Batavia, New York. Jailed for painting the word “LOVE” across two lanes of traffic, the Sunlight Man encounters Fred Clumly, a sixty-four-year-old town sheriff. Throughout the course of this impressive narrative, the dialogue between these two men becomes a microcosm of the social unrest that epitomized America during this significant historical period—and culminates in an unforgettable ending. /divDIV /divDIVBeautifully expansive and imbued with exceptional social insight, The Sunlight Dialogues is John Gardner’s most ambitious work andestablished him as one of the most important fiction writers in post–World War II America. /divDIV /divDIVThis ebook features a new illustrated biography of John Gardner, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Gardner family and the University of Rochester Archives./div /div

John Gardner

John Gardner
Author: Barry Silesky
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Total Pages: 385
Release: 2004-01-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 1565122186

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A detailed portrait of one of the twentieth century's most controversial American authors describes John Gardner's turbulent and contradictory life, including his prodigious writing talents and literary success, chaotic personal life, contempt for convention, charisma, drinking problems, and tragic death in a motorcycle accident at the age of forty-nine.

On Moral Fiction

On Moral Fiction
Author: John Gardner
Publisher: Open Road Media
Total Pages: 258
Release: 2013-04-02
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1480409219

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“Fearless, illuminating” criticism from a New York Times–bestselling author and legendary teacher, “proving . . . that true art is moral and not trivial” (Los Angeles Times). Novelist John Gardner’s thesis in On Moral Fiction is simple: “True art is by its nature moral.” It is also an audacious statement, as Gardner asserts an inherent value in life and in art. Since the book’s first publication, the passion behind Gardner’s assertion has both provoked and inspired readers. In examining the work of his peers, Gardner analyzes what has gone wrong, in his view, in modern art and literature, and how shortcomings in artistic criticism have contributed to the problem. He develops his argument by showing how artists and critics can reintroduce morality and substance to their work to improve society and cultivate our morality. On Moral Fiction is an essential read in which Gardner presents his thoughtfully developed criteria for the elements he believes are essential to art and its creation. This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Gardner, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Gardner family and the University of Rochester Archives.

Mickelsson's Ghosts

Mickelsson's Ghosts
Author:
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Total Pages: 612
Release: 2008
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780811216791

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The critically acclaimed final masterwork of John Gardner: an American novel haunted with macabre and cerebral elements.

October Light

October Light
Author: John Gardner
Publisher:
Total Pages: 0
Release: 1989
Genre: Farm life
ISBN:

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Conversations with John Gardner

Conversations with John Gardner
Author: John Gardner
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Total Pages: 348
Release: 1990
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780878054237

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This collection, selected from more than 140 interviews Gardner granted, presents a wealth of information on the life and art of one of America's foremost novelists. These interviews show him as a novelist, a charismatic teacher of creative writing, and a widely published scholar who has vast knowledge and who generated much literary information in his lectures and interviews. After the publication of such popular and critical successes as Grendel (1971) and The Sunlight Dialogues (1972), this philosophical writer with an enviable talent for storytelling was regarded as ""a major contemporary writer."" After Gardner had demonstrated that he was one of America's most prolific, versatile, and imaginative authors, he became one of its most controversial when he attacked the literary establishment in his book On Moral Fiction and in his interviews. These candid conversations reveal a man of contrasts and contradictions, a writer who, as one of his interviewers remarks, ""brought to everything he did a passion that at times bordered on madness.

Nickel Mountain

Nickel Mountain
Author: John Gardner
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Total Pages: 338
Release: 2007
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780811216784

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At the heart of John Gardner's Nickel Mountain is an uncommon love story set in a small Catskill community in the 1950s: when, at forty-two, the obese, gentle, and anxious Henry Soames marries seventeen-year-old Callie Wells -- who is pregnant with the child of a local boy -- it is much more than age that defines the gulf between them. The plot turns on tragic events -- they might be accidents or they might be acts of will -- involving a cast of rural eccentrics that includes a lonely amputee veteran, a religious hysteric (thought by some to be the devil himself), and an itinerant "Goat Lady." Questions of guilt and innocence, and even murder, are ulitmately eclipsed by Henry Soame's quiet discovery of grace. Novelist William H. Gass, a friend and colleague fo the author, has wirtten an introduction that shines new light on the work and career of the much praised and often misunderstood John Gardner.

The Wreckage of Agathon

The Wreckage of Agathon
Author: John Gardner
Publisher: Open Road Media
Total Pages: 215
Release: 2010-09-21
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1453203869

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DIV DIVDIVA wonderful exploration into the maturation process across the course of human life/divDIV /div/divDIVLaid to waste by drink, Agathon, a seer, is a shell of a man. He sits imprisoned with his apprentice, Peeker, for his presumed involvement in a rebellion against the Spartan tyrant Lykourgos. Confined to a cell, the men produce extraordinary writings that illustrate the stories of their lives and give witness to Agathon’s deterioration and the growth of Peeker from a bashful young apprentice to a self-assured and passionate seer./divDIV /divDIVCaptivating and imaginative, The Wreckage of Agathon is a tribute to author John Gardner’s passion for ancient storytelling and those universal themes that span the course of all human civilization./divDIV /divDIV /divDIV /divDIVThis ebook features a new illustrated biography of John Gardner, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Gardner family and the University of Rochester Archives./div /div