Eccentric is as Eccentric Does

English: John Irving in Hengelo, Netherlands, ...

English: John Irving in Hengelo, Netherlands, in March 2010 Deutsch: John Irving bei einer Signierstunde im Hengeler Club in Hengelo, Niederlande, im März 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Irving; talented and eccentric was born John Wallace Blunt Jr. in 1942. He lived with his mother and stepfather who is named Colin F.N. Irving.  John borrowed the name used in his writing.  Irving’s book career began in 1968 with his first book Setting Free the Bears and continues today with the commitment from Simon and Schuster to publish a book in 2015.  During this time, John has authored fifteen books of fiction, two non-fiction. and a screenplay for Cider House Rules.  His stories carry similar themes that relate back to John’s life as a New Englander, wrestler and coach.  Most of the themes deal with individuals who are considered as outside the normal parameters of human behavior.  John also was a student of Kurt Vonnegut at the Iowa Writers Workshop which added to his eccentric style of storytelling.  I had the opportunity to interview the publisher of The World According to Garp , John’s breakout novel, at the time the paperback version was being mass merchandised in retail outlets of all kinds.  The book actually was sold with four different colors themes on the cover.  The story inside was the same but it was felt that a mass merchandise approach would add color and an element of fun to the launch.  The publisher related to me that he was a little concerned when he personally saw a little old lady buying four books.  He had hoped that she did not think there were four different volumes.  When the lady was questioned, she admitted she knew the story was the same and she was buying the books for friends to the relief of the publisher.  The publisher was breaking new ground and it seemed to work.  Johns bibliography: Setting Free the Bears (1968),The Water-Method Man (1972),The 158-Pound Marriage (1974),The World According to Garp (1978),The Hotel New Hampshire (1981),The Cider House Rules (1985),A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989),A Son of the Circus (1994),The Imaginary Girlfriend (non-fiction, 1995),Trying to Save Piggy Sneed (collection, 1996),A Widow for One Year (1998),My Movie Business (non-fiction, 1999),The Cider House Rules: A Screenplay (1999),The Fourth Hand (2001),A Sound Like Someone Trying Not to Make a Sound (2004),Until I Find You (2005),Last Night in Twisted River (2009),In One Person(2012)

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