Synopses & Reviews
The first and most terrifying monster in English literature, from the great early epic Beowulf, tells his side of the story.
"This is storytelling at its best." Library Journal
An extraordinary achievement...very funny, original and deft, altogether lovable, poignant, rich with thought and feeling...immensely enjoyable. John Gardner has become a major contemporary writer." The New York Times
"A marvelous novel — absolutely marvelous: witty, intelligent, delightful...a celebration and a conservation of what we most need in one of the greatest poetic myths we have...I cannot recommend it too highly." Newsweek
"It deserves a place on the same shelf as Lord of the Flies, Cat's Cradle and Catcher in the Rye." Christian Science Monitor
The first and most terrifying monster in English literature, from the great early epicBeowulf, tells his own side ofthe story in this frequently banned book.This classic and much lauded retelling of Beowulffollows the monster Grendel as he learns about humans and fights the war at the center ofthe Anglo Saxon classic epic.This is the book William Gass called "one of the finest of our contemporary fictions."
About the Author
John Gardner was accorded wide praise for his works of imagination, of criticism, and of scholarship. He was born in 1933 in Batavia, New York. Among the universities at which he taught are Oberlin, San Francisco State, Northwestern, Southern Illinois, Bennington, and the State University of New York-Bennington. The Art of Fiction was completed before his death in 1982.