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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John Champlin Gardner  

Pen Name: John Gardner


Born: July 21, 1933 in Batavia, New York


Illinois Connection

John Gardner was on the faculty of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale from 1965 to 1974.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Gardner was a well-known and controversial American novelist, critc and university professor, best known for his novel ''Grendel'', a retelling of the Beowulf myth. His books frequently reflect his backgound in medieval literature.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

A Child's Bestiary
ISBN: 0394834836

Random House Childrens Books. 1977

A collection of humorous verses about animals, friendly or otherwise.

Dragon Dragon and Other Timeless Tales
ISBN: 0553150677

Bantam Books. 1976

Dragon, Dragon, and Other Tales
ISBN: 039493122X

Alfred a Knopf Inc. 1975

Four contemporary variations on traditional fairytale themes involve a dragon and a cobbler's son, a giant and a cowardly tailor, a talking mule, and a scatter-brained chimney-sweep and a handsome prince