New York: E.P. Dutton, 1978. First edition of the author's fourth novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the half title page in a contemporary hand, "For John another world according to a water-method man, John Irving." A warm inscription linking Irving's second and fourth novel, the latter proving to be his breakthrough work. The World According To Garp is a comic and compassionate coming-of-age novel that established John Irving as one of the most imaginative writers of his generation. A worldwide bestseller since its publication in 1978, Irving's classic is filled with stories inside stories about the life of T.S. Garp, novelist and son of Jenny Fields. "There is something of Byron about John Irving. Not only is it that he woke after the publication of The World According To Garp to find himself famous, but the extremity of his opinions and the nervous violence of his language recall that intemperate noleman, and like Byron, he would certainly say that love is no sinecure" (Robertson Davies). (Inventory #: 15003)
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