Self Hatred And Loneliness In John Irving's Life

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In the novel “In One Person” John Irving states “ Self-hatred is worse than loneliness.” (217). This quote is suitable for this story because it’s about self loathing. He is one of the most well known contemporary writer of the 19th century. John Irving (1942-now) is associated with the Postmodernism movement, which began in the 1914’s and lasted until about 1936 and concept in the arts, architecture, and criticism that represents a departure from modernism and has at its heart a general distrust of grand theories and ideologies as well as a problematical relationship with any notion of art. John Irving when he was 15, Irving read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, which had a profound effect on his life and inspired much of his future writing. This led to his best-selling 1978 novel, The World According to Garp, which won the National Book Award.…show more content…
This was important because he published his first book, Setting Free the Bears, in 1968, and taught at the University of Iowa and Mount Holyoke through the '70s, while continuing to write and publish novels including The Water-Method Man and The 158-Pound Marriage. John made a huge success in 1978 with his 4th novel “The World According to Garp.” It reigned on the bestseller list for several months and won the National Book Award in 1980. Garp was eventually adapted into a 1982 film starring Robin Williams. Elements of Irving's own life—including his wrestling career, absentee father and own sexual fantasies as a young man—have inspired much of his writing. He prefers to rely on an open imagination as the springboard for ideas rather than strict autobiography. Which is unique because it makes him different than any other

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