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Name:  John Champlin Gardner  

Pen Name: John Gardner

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD C:CHILD

Born: July 21, 1933 in Batavia, New York

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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.


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