John Irving (born March 2, 1942) is an American novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of over a dozen novels and the screenplay for The Cider House Rules. Known for his very idiosyncratic method of working: he always writes the ending of a novel first, and structures the rest of the story towards that ending.
In addition to The Cider House Rules, and adaptations of The World According to Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire, his novels have also served as inspiration for the films The Door in the Floor and Simon Birch.
Works by John Irving with their own pages include:
- The World According to Garp
- The Cider House Rules
- The Hotel New Hampshire
- A Widow for One Year
- A Prayer for Owen Meany
Other works by John Irving contain examples of:
- Big Name Fan: Irving counts Stephen King as one of his biggest fans.
- Genre Throwback: All his works are homages to the serialized, plot-heavy novels of the nineteenth century, particularly Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy.
- Most Writers Are Writers:
- The narrator of The 158-Pound Marriage is a semi-successful author of historical fiction. The novel describes but also results from an author's frustrating, year-long research trip to Vienna, which yielded no intriguing fictional narratives but did yield a hot wife.
- Daniel Baciagalupo in Last Night in Twisted River is a novelist. A novelist whose books include one on Vietnam, and another on abortion.
- The World According to Garp: T.S. Garp, arguably Irving's most famous creation, is a writer.
- The main characters of A Widow for One Year, The Fourth Hand, Last Night in Twisted River, In One Person, and Avenue of Mysteries are all either novelists or journalists.