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John Irving published his first novel at the age of twenty-six. He has received awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation; he has won an O. Henry Award, a National Book Award, and an Oscar.

In 1992, Mr. Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In January 2001, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 United States Fiction, Belief and doubt Fiction, Mothers Death Fiction, Male friendship Fiction, Predestination Fiction, New Hampshire Fiction, Birthfathers Fiction, Young men Fiction, Boys Fiction