John Winslow Irving

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Birthday
2, 1942
Birthplace
Exeter, NH
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Birthday
2, 1942 (age 76)
Birthplace
Exeter, NH

About

An American author of fiction and screenplays, he is known for novels such as The World According to Garp (1978), A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989), and The Cider House Rules (1985). Many of his novels were adapted into films.

Before Fame

He attended the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop. In his mid-twenties, he published his debut novel, Setting Free the Bears.

Trivia

His screenplay for The Cider House Rules won him an Academy Award.

Family Life

He grew up in Exeter, New Hampshire, where he attended the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy. With his wife, Janet Turnbull, he had one son.

Associated With

He studied alongside Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.