Books by John Gardner
NPR stories about John Gardner
Summer is the season we can finally tackle the books that have been piling up on our desks and forming small mountains on the floor. Book critic Alan Cheuse offers a selection of some of the best books of late spring and early summer, and some classics that are always present in his literary landscape.
Book critic Alan Cheuse describes John Gardner's signature 1972 novel as a "dramatic encounter between modern life and ancient mythology." Largely known for his books about the art of writing, Gardner's own fiction is showcased in this upstate New York epic, Cheuse says.
Monsters and humans share the stage in Grendel, a new opera that opens in New York Tuesday night. Based on the novel by John Gardner, the show tells the classic medieval tale of Beowulf, but from the monster's perspective.