John Gardner by Associate Professor Robert A. Morace B.A. M.S. Ph.D.
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“I hope they’re interesting, I hope not more interesting than the fiction,” says John Gard­ner in his Afterword to these twelve essays that probe deeply into each of his major nov­els, his epic poem, his children’s stories, and his work as a librettist.


Contents include: “Et in Arcadia Ego: Gardner’s Early Novels” by David Cowart; “‘Into the Farther Darkness’: The Mani­chaean Pastoralism of John Gardner” by Samuel Coale; “A Babylonian in Batavia: Mesopotamian Literature and Lore in The Sunlight Dialogues by Greg Morris; and “Grendel and Blake: The Contraries of Exis­tence” by Helen B. Ellis and Warren U. Ober.


“John Gardner’s Grendel by Jerome Klin­kowitz; “Survival and Redemptive Vision in Jason and Medeia by John Trimbur; “Sailing Through The King’s Indian with John Gardner and His Friends” by Donald J. Greiner; “Modern Moralities for Children: John Gardner’s Children’s Books” by Geraldine DeLuca and Roni Natov.


“John Gardner, Librettist: A Composer’s Notes” by Joseph Baber; “The Real Monster in Freddy’s Book by Walter Cummins; “Magi­cal Prisons: Embedded Structures in the Work of John Gardner” by Kathryn Van­Spanckeren; and “New Fiction, Popular Fic­tion, and John Gardner’s Middle/Moral Way” by Robert A. Morace.


About Associate Professor Robert A. Morace B.A. M.S. Ph.D.

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Robert A. Morace is Professor of English at Daemen College.  Kathryn VanSpanckeren has taught at Wheaton College (Massachu­setts) and at Harvard.
Published June 1, 1982 by Southern Illinois University Press. 200 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction