Grendel is a 1971 novel by American author John Gardner. It is a retelling of part of the Old English poem Beowulf from the perspective of the antagonist, Grendel. In the novel, Grendel is portrayed as an antihero.
Grendel is a 1971 novel by American author John Gardner. The novel deals with finding meaning in the world, the power of literature and myth, and the nature of good and evil. In a 1973 interview, Gardner said that "In Grendel I wanted to go through the main ideas of Western civilization – which seemed to me to be about.
Published in the United States by Random House, In. New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto.
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John Chaplin Gardner, Jr. author of Grendel was born on July 21, 1933, in Batavia, New York. John Gardner taught fiction writing. He wrote two books on the subject, The Art of Fiction and On Becoming a Novelist, that are considered classics for classes in writing. His father was a farmer and his mother a teacher. Both of his parents were lovers of Shakespeare and would recite the verses often together. His book On Moral Fiction was so controversial that he became a regular on talk shows and in the media for a while. Because he spoke out on the moral ambiguity of classical authors such as John Updike and John Barth, he was ostracized from some publishing companies.
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John Champlin Gardner was a well-known and controversial American novelist and university professor, best known for his novel Grendel, a retelling of the Beowulf myth. Gardner was born in Batavia, New York. His father was a lay preacher and dairy farmer, and his mother taught English at a local school. Both parents were fond of Shakespeare and often recited literature together.
John Gardner received wide acclaim for his novels, his collections of short stories and his critical works. He was born in Batavia, New York in 1933 and taught English, Anglo-Saxon and creative writing in Oberlin, Chico State College, San Francisco State, Southern Illinois, Bennington and SUNY-Binghamton. His books include The Art of Fiction, The Art of Living, Grendel, Jason, and Media, The Life and Times of Chaucer, Mickelsson's Ghosts, Nickel Mountain, October Light, The resurrection, The Sunlight Dialogues, Stillness and Shadows, and various books for children.
Grendel, by John Gardner. This short novel is based on the epic Old-English poem Beowulf, but is NOT some dry academic exercise you should undertake thinking it's good for you. I first read it 30 years ago in college, and still re-read it every few years. Gardner's version of the story is narrated by Grendel, the monster that Beowulf arrives to fight, and is nothing like the original poem in its tone. This time the hero tale is laced with modernist themes, and Grendel is the quintessential outsider who exposes the darker aspects of human nature.
John Champlin Gardner Jr. was an American novelist, essayist, literary critic and university professor. As a child, Gardner attended public school and worked on his father's farm, where, in April 1945, his younger brother Gilbert was killed in an accident with a cultipacker. Gardner, who was driving the tractor during the fatal accident, carried guilt for his brother's death throughout his life, suffering nightmares and flashbacks. The incident informed much of Gardner's fiction and criticism.