John Gardner (Novelist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
John Gardner (American writer)

John Champlin Gardner Jr. was an American novelist, essayist, literary critic and university professor. He is best known for his 1971 novel Grendel, a retelling of the Beowulf myth from the monster’s point of view.

Born: John Champlin Gardner Jr, Jul 21, 1933, Batavia, New York
Died: Sept 10, 1982, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania
Occupation: Novelist, essayist, literary critic, professor
Citizenship: United States
Alma mater: Washington University in St. Louis, University of Iowa
Notable works: The Sunlight Dialogues, On Moral Fiction, Grendel
Spouses: Joan Louise Patterson (1953-1980), Liz Rosenberg (1980-1982)
Partner: Susan Thornton
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About John Gardner

An American novelist, essayist, and professor, he is best known for his 1971 novel, Grendel, which retells the myth of Beowulf from the monster’s perspective. His other works include Nickel Mountain: A Pastoral Novel (1973) and October Light (1976).

Before Fame

He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1955 and subsequently received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He later worked as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Detroit.


His novel, October Light, won the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Family Life

He grew up in Batavia, New York as the son of an English teacher and a dairy farmer. In 1953, he married Joan Louise Patterson.


Raymond Carver was once a student of Gardner’s.

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