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[Setting Free The Bears]
[Trying to Save
[A Son of
[The 158-pound Marriage]
My only criteria here is that the site mentions John Irving is some way. I find it fascinating, the variety of people who enjoy John Irving books.
Glenn Vanderburg's Quotes Collection [http://www.vanderburg.org/~glv/quotes.html]
Quote from Owen Meany
The B&R Samizdat Express Readers' Room [http://www.samizdat.com/]
This self-admitted obsessive list maker has not only catalogued every book he has ever read (including Irving) but Garp is on his top ten list. There is a lot more to explore on his site, including the very informative and interesting Internet-on-a-disk which I think comes out monthly. Watch out, you could spend hours here.
Sharon Bataran's Home Page [http://www-personal.si.umich.edu/~mfsmb/homebody.html]
Her favorite book is Owen Meany
Peter Holland's home page [http://flamestrike.hacks.arizona.edu/~prh/]
Irving quote at top of his main page
A Prayer for John Irving [http://imprint.uwaterloo.ca/issues/022197/5Arts/arts05.html]
A review of The Imaginary Girlfriend (A Memoir).
Jim Graham's Son of the Circus review [http://hep.uchicago.edu/~jagraham/Features/book_rev.html]
One of his favorite authors. Last updated August 1995.
Edward Kim's Home Page [http://wwwvms.utexas.edu/~glaxo/bookbin.html]
Piggy Sneed one of the last 10 books he read. Last updated 4/2/96.
Bohemian Ink [http://www.levity.com/corduroy/irving.htm]
Small collection of quotes and Irving related links. Last updated 4/2/96.
Ars Vida [http://www.art.uiuc.edu/local/ars/]
A lengthy John Irving quote on their main page.
Central Queensland University: Literary Studies; North American Fiction & Film [http://www.arts.cqu.edu.au/humanities/litstud/naff/northamerfict.html]
Looks like they had a very good reading list. Among Poe, Melville, Faulkner, Plath, Kesey, and F. O'Connor is John Irving's The World According to Garp. Last updated March 1997.
A Very Unofficial John Irving Page [http://members.aol.com/forestben/irving.htm]
It is about time for a site like this ! There is a mailing list which I've signed up to and is not seeing much activity yet, a brief bio, some comments borrowed from Amazon.com that people made about the books, and the most useful section: a bibliography complete with all editions and foreign translations, articles about / interviews by Irving, articles by Irving, literary biographies of Irving, etc. Now, if only we could get some hyperlinks in there -- some of that has to be on the web!! This site has a lot of potentiaI: I hope my site can help fill in the gaps a little. Last updated April 1997.
Cameron Fowler's Page devoted to Cider House and its theatre production [http://www-inst.eecs.berkeley.edu/~cameronf/cider.html]
This page is a little hard to read because of the background. Cameron provides a link to Seattle Rep: I went there and found that the play ran in 1995. There doesn't seem to be any detailed information there about it, but there is one picture from the play. Last updated May 13, 1996.
The One Book List [http://www.go2net.com/internet/onebook/]
My god, what happened to this list !? I swear that I remember not so long ago when it was all text. Not that it doesn't look really great now -- all clean and with cool yet tasteful graphics. And they (like the rest of the web, including myself) have set up with Amazon.com so you can buy books while you're browsing. Hmm. Anyway, do a search by title and you'll find Cider House, Owen Meany, and Garp. You mean there is nobody out there whose favorite book of all time is one of the other Irving titles? Send The One Book List your submission!
JH's Rants and Raves [http://www.saltwell.demon.co.uk/likedisl.htm]
Cider House makes his favorite books list and Irving his thumbs up list.
Wading through Life by Lacy Daigle [http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/english/English104W-15/lacy-paper-watermethod.htm]
An essay on Water Method.
Vanderbilt: Water Method Man Index [http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/english/English104W-15/water-methodman[index].htm]
Vanderbilt: Water Method Man Index. Student commentary and papers.
A page of Irving links by Aaron Hobbs[http://www.hist.unt.edu/~ahobbins/irvlinks.htm]
A few Irving links by Aaron Hobbs. Last updated Jan. 1996.
Muse Mates by Barbara Knop Karman [http://www.rain.org/~da5e/musemates.html], [http://uk.imdb.com/cache/title-exact/47180]
say this "literary 'parody'" mentions Irving in
its "footnotes." Linked from off a web site
devoted to Tom Robbins (who?)
Vietnam Generation Journal: Allan Gurganus, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany Reviewed by Renny Christopher, English Dept., California State University at Stanislaus [http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/sixties/HTML_docs/Texts/Reviews/Christopher_Gurganus.html]
Generation Journal: Allan Gurganus, Oldest Living
Confederate Widow Tells All, John Irving, A Prayer for
Owen Meany Reviewed by Renny Christopher, English Dept.,
California State University at Stanislaus. November 1992.
Bekkema Homepage [http://home.worldonline.nl/~bekkema/index.html]
that "loves the books of John Irving."
Sannamari's Literature Page [http://www.helsinki.fi/~kajander/literature.htm]
considers Irving a "great author."
Irving Reviews, Articles, Interviews, etc.
Book Review by Alden Mudge: Piggy Sneed [http://www.bookpage.com/9602bp/fiction/tryingtosavepiggysneed.html]
"Gathered together in Trying to Save Piggy Sneed are 12 short works written by novelist John Irving over the last 30 years. The big surprise here is that the six stories, which make up its middle section, are the least interesting part of an interesting book. Still, these stories comprise the sum total of Irving's published short fiction, so even the ugliest duckling among them is, if not a swan, at least, well, an unusual duck."
Piggy Sneed Book Review at a bookstore [http://www.wordsworth.com/www/review/1-55970-323-7/8230281499920]
Piggy Sneed Book Review at a bookstore
A Review of Circus [http://www.uni-freiburg.de/univ/3w/service/fryburger/irving.htm]
A Review of Circus
John Irving: Owen Meany [http://www.informatik.hu-berlin.de/~pischel/owen.htm]
Appears to be a book review in German. I say appears, because I can only make out a word here and there although I had two years of German in college. In my defense, I will say that language instruction was not one of George Fox's greatest assets and that I have to struggle quite a bit to learn languages.
The Salon Interview: John Irving [http://www.salonmagazine.com/march97/interview970303.html]
The Salon Interview: John Irving. There was also a discussion going on about Irving and the interview in one of their discussion forums. You have to register to participate, but it's free.
Cider House Rules: A Novel [http://mchip00.med.nyu.edu/lit-med/lit-med-db.apr/webdocs/webdescrips/irving106-des-.html]
New York University book synopsis. Part of their medical library? First keyword is abortion.
University of South Carolina Press [http://18.104.22.168/0c:/press.htm|/]
Publishers of Understanding John Irving. Click on Titles U-Z.
Association of American University Presses (AAUP) Online Catalog [http://aaup.uchicago.edu/]
They have in their catalog a strange sounding book which comes up under a John Irving search called Fowles/Irving/Barthes Canonical Variations on an Apocryphal Theme by Randolph Runyon.
Interview by Stephen Smith: the books editor of Quill & Quire [http://www.e-commerce.com/Shift/qanda/irving.html]
Interview by Stephen Smith: the books editor of Quill & Quire. A page hanging out there is cyberspace.
Newsday Book Review: A Son of the Circus [http://www.newsday.com/books/bkirv.htm]
Newsday Book Review: A Son of the Circus
Review of Piggy Sneed by Bill Racicot [http://www.ece.cmu.edu/afs/ece/usr/kmeter/nuns/piggy.html]
Piggy Sneed by Bill Racicot
Internet Movie Database: World According to Garp & Hotel New Hampshire [http://uk.imdb.com/M/multi-search], [http://uk.imdb.com/cache/title-exact/47180]
Movie Database: World According to Garp and Hotel New
Hampshire. More than you would every want to know about
Microsoft Encarta: John Irving [http://www.encarta.com/introedition/default.asp?vs=x97&la=na&ty=1&vo=33&ti=0636e000]
blurb about Irving.