John Gardner

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John Gardner (1933-1982) was an American author. His works include Grendel (1971), October Light (1976), On Moral Fiction (1978) and Freddy's Book (1980).[1]

Life and Works

Gardner was born on July 21, 1933 in Batavia, New York.[2] He attended Washington University and the University of Iowa, and became very famous for Grendel, a retelling of the story of Beowulf from the perspective of the monster Grendel, though he had published two novels beforehand.[3] He was a poet skilled in the use of Old and Middle English, and in his 1978 On Moral Fiction, berated the modern propensity for pessimism.[3] He died on September 14, 1982 in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania.[2]