The King's Indian, by John Gardner, Stated 1st Ed, Hardcover w D/J, 1974


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The King's Indian
Stories and Tales
by John Gardner
Illustrated by Herbert L. Fink


John Champlin Gardner Jr. (July 21, 1933 - September 14, 1982) was an American novelist, essayist, literary critic and university professor. He is best known for his 1971 novel Grendel, a retelling of the Beowulf myth from the monster's point of view.

Written just prior to his critical masterwork, On Moral Fiction, The King's Indian is a must-read for those interested in learning more about Gardner's highly controversial artistic philosophies. In this exceptional book, author John Gardner explores the literary form as a vehicle of vision, and creates heroes that personify his tremendous artistic ideals. A Boston schoolmaster abandons his dreams of owning a farmhouse in rural Illinois only to be taken on a voyage across the seas and into self-discovery, faith, and love; an artist's rapturous enthusiasm inspires an aging university professor to approach life's chaotic moments as opportunities for creation. Each of these stories is wonderful in its own right, and provides valuable insight into the author's literary beliefs.

Magic, madness, menace and romance are all woven together in this Gardner collection. Nine tales depict ministers and college students, strange medieval countries full of demented royalty, and whaling ships.

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York
Copyright: 1974

Condition: This book is in good condition. Hardcover with D/J. Dust jacket is worn along edges and toned. There is a tear along top left hand corner on the front. Cloth boards are lightly worn with some minor toning/discoloration. Decorative gray endpapers feature a diagram of a ship. The illustrations by Fink are evocative and haunting. Top edge dark gray. Hinges tight. Binding square. The text block is crisp and clean.

323 pages, 6.5" x 9.5"
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