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“The building of the architecture of a novel—the craft of it—is something I never tire of.” – John Irving

John Irving, the modern American novelist, has written thirteen novels over the course of his prolific career, nine of which have been international bestsellers.  The World According to Garp, which won the National Book Award in 1980, was John Irving’s fourth novel and his first international bestseller.  Worldwide, the Irving novel most often called “an American classic” is A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989)—the portrayal of an enduring friendship at the time when the Vietnam War had its most divisive effect on the United States.

In 2000, John Irving won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules, Lasse Hallström’s film adaptation of Irving’s sixth novel.  Other film adaptations of John Irving novels include Terry Richardson’s The Hotel New Hampshire, George Roy Hill’s The World According to Garp, and Tod Williams’s The Door in the Floor—adapted from his ninth novel, A Widow for One Year.

A competitive wrestler for twenty years, until he was thirty-four, and a coach of the sport until he was forty-seven, John Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1992.

In One Person, John Irving’s thirteenth novel was published by Simon & Schuster in May 2012.  A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love — tormented, funny, and affecting — and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences.

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John Irving discusses In One Person

John Irving discusses In One Person

In this video John discusses his thirteenth novel, In One Person, and his bisexual narrator and main character, Billy Abbott. As Billy says: "We are formed by what we desire."

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John Irving reads from In One Person

John Irving reads from In One Person

John reads from the beginning of In One Person: I’m going to begin by telling you about Miss Frost. While I say to everyone that I became a writer because I read a certain novel by Charles Dickens at the formative age of fifteen, the truth is I was younger than that ...

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John Irving introduces Billy Abbott

John Irving introduces Billy Abbott

John Irving introduces Billy Abbott, the bisexual narrator of In One Person. "If you were, like me, at an all-boys' boarding school in the fall of 1960, you felt utterly alone—you trusted no one, least of all another boy your age—and you loathed yourself. I'd always been lonely, but self-hatred is worse than loneliness." -- ...

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Interview with Publishers Weekly

Interview with Publishers Weekly

Sexual Outsiders: Three Questions with John Irving.  PW caught up with John Irving to discover more about his forthcoming novel, In One Person (S&S, May). The book explores the nature of unfulfilled love through the voice of Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character, who tells the tragicomic story of his life. Your publisher, Jonathan Karp, said ...

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John Irving: Author Q & A

You can download this Q & A in a print/mobile friendly PDF here. The protagonist and first person narrator of In One Person, Billy Abbott, is bisexual. Why do you think bisexuals are rarely represented in literature?   The bisexual men I have known were not shy, nor were they “conflicted.”  (This is also true of ...

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Interview with Entertainment Weekly

John Irving on In One Person, sexual identity, and autobiography. John Irving, who turns 70 this year, will publish his latest novel on May 8. In One Person tells the story of Billy Abbott, a bisexual man who struggles with his identity and attraction to men, women, and transgendered individuals as the world changes around him. EW spoke ...

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A Note from John

A Note from John

In my opinion, no overview of my novels is better written or more insightful than the Introduction Terrence Des Pres wrote to 3 by Irving (Random House), which published in one volume my first three novels—The 158-Pound Marriage being the third. In his evaluation of Setting Free the Bears, The Water-Method Man, and ...

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