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John Winslow Irving was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942.  He is the author of nine novels, among them The World According to Garp, The Hotel New Hampshire, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and A Son of the Circus.  Mr. Irving is married and has three sons; he lives in Toronto and in southern Vermont.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Women novelists Fiction, Single mothers Fiction, Widows Fiction