Books and other works by John Gardner
of Fiction and Poetry
The following list offers first edition information for significant
publications by John Gardner. It does not include the many interviews,
several uncollected short stories, letters to magazines or newspapers, "blurbs," cartoons,
and some arguably minor texts. It also doesn't include many of Gardner's
dramatic works, for which the best list, compiled by Jan Quackenbush,
For more thorough bibliographic resources, see: John Howell's John
Gardner: A Bibliographic Profile,
which contains bibliographic information for most editions of Gardner's
texts (later updated by Robert Morace and Lee T. Hamilton); Lee T.
Hamilton's "A Bibliographic Update" in John
Gardner: True Art, Moral Art; and Howell's Understanding
John Gardner, which contains a very useful character index.
definitive resource for secondary sources, also containing the most
complete list of Gardner's interviews and speeches, is Robert Morace's John
Gardner: An Annotated Secondary Bibliography,
notable especially for its comprehensive bibliography of reviews of
Gardner's work and news items.
The Old Men. Ann Arbor: University Microfilms, 1959.
of Fiction and Poetry (in chronological order of publication)
The Resurrection. New
York: New American Library, 1966.1
The Wreckage of Agathon. New York: Harper and Row, 1970.
Grendel. New York: Knopf, 1971.
The Sunlight Dialogues. New York: Knopf, 1972.
Jason and Medeia. New York: Knopf, 1973.
Nickel Mountain: A Pastoral Novel. New York: Knopf, 1973.
The King's Indian:
Stories and Tales. New York: Knopf, 1974.2
October Light. New
York: Knopf, 1976.3
Poems. Northridge, Calif.: Lord John Press, 1978.
the Box-Painter. Northridge Calif., Lord John P, 1979.4
Freddy's Book. New York: Knopf, 1980.
The Art of Living
and Other Stories. New York: Knopf, 1981.5
Mickelsson's Ghosts. New York: Knopf, 1982.
Stillness and Shadows. Ed. Nicholas Delbanco. New York:
Bestiary. New York: Knopf, 1977.6
and Other Tales. New York: Knopf, 1975.7
the Thistle Girl and Other Tales. New York: Knopf, 1976.8
the Suicide Mountains. New York: Knopf, 1977.9
King of the Hummingbirds and Other Tales. New York: Knopf, 1977.10
Rumpelstiltskin. Dallas: New London P, 1978.
Frankenstein. Dallas: New London P, 1979.
The Temptation Game. Dallas: New London P, 1979.
William Wilson. Dallas: New London P, 1979.
Death and the Maiden. Dallas: New London P., 1980.
The Alliterative Morte Arthure The Owl and the Nightingale and
Five Other Middle English Poems in a Modernized Version with Comments
on the Poems and Notes. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1971.
The Complete Works of the Gawain-Poet in a Modern English Version
with a Critical Introduction by John Gardner. Chicago: U of Chicago
Gilgamesh. Trans. John Gardner and John Maier. New York: Knopf,
Tengu Child: Stories by Kikuo Itaya. Ed. and Trans. John
Gardner and Nobuko Tsukui. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP,
The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers. New York:
The Construction of the Wakefield Cycle. Carbondale: Southern
Illinois UP, 1974
The Forms of Fiction. Ed. Lennis Dunlap and John Gardner New
York: Random House, 1962.
The Gawain Poet. Cliff's Notes. Lincoln: Cliff's Notes,
Le Morte Darthur. Cliff's Notes. Lincoln: Cliff's Notes, 1967.
The Life and Times of Chaucer. New York: Knopf, 1977.
MSS: A Retrospective. Ed. John Gardner and Liz M. Rosenberg.
Dallas: New London P, 1980.
On Becoming a Novelist. New York: Harper & Row, 1983.
On Moral Fiction. New York: Basic Books, 1978.
Writers and Writing. Intro. Charles Johnson. Reading: Addison
The Poetry of Chaucer. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1977.
ed. Conversations with John Gardner. Jackson: UP of Mississippi,
Renwick, Joyce, and Howard Smith. John Gardner: An Interview.
Dallas: New London P, 1980.
"Fulgentius's Expositio Vergiliana Continentia and the Plan
of Beowulf: Another Approach to the Poem's Style and Structure." Papers
on Language and Literature 6 (1970): 227-62.
"Learning from Disney and Dickens." New York Times Book Review 30
Jan. 1983: 3, 22-23.
"Signs, Symbols, and Cancellations." Signs and Symbols in Chaucer's
Poetry. Ed. John P. Hermann and John J. Burke. University: U
of Alabama P, 1981. 195-207.
Resurrection is more readily available in paperback. Scholars
should note, however, that Gardner revised this edition (New York:
King's Indian and Other Tales contains five stories in "Book
One: The Midnight Reader": "Pastoral Care," "The Ravages of Spring," "The
Temptation of St. Ivo," " The Warden," and "John Napper Sailing Through
the Universe." "Book Two: Tales of Queen Louisa" is comprised of "Queen
Louisa," King Gregor and the Fool," and "Muriel" (for a short story
closely related to the "Queen Louisa" tales, see "Trumpeter" in The
Art of Living and Other Stories"). "Book Three" is "The King's
Indian," a short novel.
Light contains a novel-within-the-novel, "The Smuggler's of Lost
Soul's Rock," which Gardner claims in his preface to October Light was
written in collaboration with Joan Gardner.
story also appears in The Art of Living and Other Stories.
Art of Living contains: "Nimram," "Redemption," "Stillness," "The
Music Lover," "Trumpeter" (see "Book Two: Tales of Queen Louisa" in The
King's Indian: Stories and Tales" for related tales), "The Library
Horror," "The Joy of the Just," "Vlemk the Box Painter," "Come on
Back," and "The Art of Living."
Child's Bestiary includes contributions from Joel and Lucy Gardner.
Dragon and Other Tales contains the title story and three other
tales: _, "The Miller's Mule," and __.
four stories found in Gudgekin the Thistle Girl and Other Tales are
the title story, "The Griffin and the Old Philosopher," "The Shape-Shifters
of Shorm" and "The Sea Gulls."
debate on whether In the Suicide Mountains is a children's story
or a short novel for adults--or both--will likely not soon be resolved. Rumpelstiltskin is
also ambiguous in this way.
King of the Hummingbirds and Other Tales contains the title story
and three other tales: "The Witch's Wish," "The Pear Tree" and "The
Gnome and the Dragons."
Writers and Writing contains a variety of primary, mostly reprinted
sources. Its contents and credits are as follows:
"Introduction" by Charles Johnson.
"'Bartleby': Art and Social Commitment" (Philological Quarterly, Jan.
"An Invective Against Mere Fiction" (Southern Review, Spring 1977).
"More Smog from the Dark Satanic Mills" (Southern Review, Winter 1969).
"Witchcraft in Bullet Park, by John Cheever" (New York Times Book Review,
Oct. 24, 1971).
"Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll" (New York Times Book Review,
Jan. 30, 1972).
"The Breast, by Philip Roth" (New York Times Book Review, Sep.
"The Way We Write Now" (New York Times Book Review, July 9, 1972).
"Saint Walt" (New York, Nov. 12, 1973).
"The Adventurer, by Paul Zweig" (New York Times Book Review, December
"Beyond the Bedroom Wall, by Larry Woiwode" (New York Times Book Review,
Sep. 28, 1975).
"Amber (Get) Waves (Your) of (Plastic) Grace (Uncle Sam)" (New York Times,
Oct. 29, 1976).
"JR, by William Gaddis" (New York Review of Books, June 10, 1976).
"The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights, by John Steinbeck" (New
York Times Book Review, Oct. 24, 1976).
"Lancelot, by Walker Percy" (New York Times Book Review, Feb. 20,
"Falconer, by John Cheever" (Saturday Review, Apr. 2, 1977).
"The Castle of Crossed Destinies, by Italo Calvino" (New York Times
Book Review, Apr. 10, 1977).
"Daniel Martin, by John Fowles" (Saturday Review, Oct. 1, 1977).
"The Silmarillion, by J. R. R. Tolkein" (New York Times Book Review,
October 23, 1977).
"The Stories of John Cheever" (Chicago Tribune Book World, Oct.
"Dubin's Lives, by Bernard Malamud" (Washington Post Book World,
Feb. 25, 1979).
"Sophie's Choice, by William Styron" (New York Times Book Review,
May 27, 1979).
"A Writer's View of Contemporary American Fiction" (Dismisura, 1980).
"Bellefleur, by Joyce Carol Oates" (New York Times Book Review,
July 20, 1980).
"Italian Folktales, edited by Italo Calvino" (New York Times Book Review,
Oct. 12, 1982). "Fiction in MSS" (MSS, Spring 1981).
"What Writers Do" (Antareus, Winter/Spring 1981).
"Cartoons" (New York Times Book Review, Jan. 30, 1983).
"Julius Caesar and the Werewolf" (Playboy, September 1984).
"General Plan for The Sunlight Dialogues" (from the Gardner Archive, University
of Rochester, ca. 1971).
with John Gardner contains the following interviews;
"Medievalist in Illinois Ozarks." Digby Diehl. Chavkin 3-5. Reprint
of Los Angeles Times Calendar 5 September 1971: 43.
"John Gardner." Joe David Bellamy and Pat Ensworth. Chavkin 6-27.
Reprint of Fiction International 2-3 (1974): 32-49. Reprint
of The New Fiction: Interviews with Innovative American Writers.
Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1974.
"Conversations with John Gardner on Writers and Writing." John Askins.
Chavkin 28-33. Reprint of Detroit Free Press/Detroit Magazine 23
March 1975: 19-21. Reprint of Authors in the News. Ed. Barbara
Nykoruk. Detroit: Gale Research, 1976. 168-69
"Our Best Novelist: He Thinks So, Too." Larry Swindell. Chavkin
34-39. Reprint of Philadelphia Inquirer 16 Jan. 1977: F1+.
"A Conversation with John Gardner." Don Edwards and Carol Polsgrove.
Chavkin 40-49. Reprint of Atlantic 239 (May 1977): 43-47.
"A Conversation with John Gardner." Charlie Reilly. Chavkin 50-83.
Expanded reprint of Classical and Modern Literature: A Quarterly 1.2
"Where Philosophy and Fiction Meet: An Interview with John Gardner." Marshall
L. Harvey. Chavkin 84-98. Reprint of Chicago Review 29 (1978):
"An Interview with John Gardner." Roni Natov and Geraldine DeLuca.
Chavkin 99-116. Reprint of The Lion and the Unicorn 2.1 (1978):
"John Gardner." Heide Ziegler. Chavkin 117-42. Reprint of The
Radical Imagination and the Liberal Tradition: Interviews with
English and American Novelists. Ed. Heide Ziegler and Christopher
Bigsby. London: Junction, 1982. 126-50.
"John Gardner: The Art of Fiction LXXIII." Paul F. Ferguson, John
R. Maier, Frank McConnell, and Sara Matthiessen. Chavkin 143-71.
Reprint of Paris Review 21 (1979):36-74.
"William Gass and John Gardner: A Debate on Fiction." Thomas LeClair.
Chavkin 172-82. Reprint of New Republic 180 (10 March 1979):
25, 28-33. Reprint in Leclair and McCaffery, ed. Anything Can
Happen: Interviews with Contemporary American Authors Urbana:
U of Illinois P, 1983. 20-31.
"An Interview with John Gardner." Ed Christian. Chavkin 183-203.
Reprint of Prairie Schooner 54.4 (1980/81): 70-93.
"Interview with John Gardner." Greg L. Morris. Chavkin 204-11. 22
"John Gardner: Considerations . . .." Marshall L. Harvey. Chavkin
212-19. Reprint of The Crescet 42 (September 1979): 1922
"The Sound and the Fury over Fiction." Stephen Singular. Chavkin
220-34. Reprint of New York Times Magazine 8 July 1979: 13-15+
"An Interview with John Gardner." Judson Mitcham and William Richard.
Chavkin 235-51. Reprint of New Orleans Review 8 (Summer 1991):
"Interview with John Gardner." English Department of Pan American
University. Chavkin 252-70. Reprint of John Gardner: True Art,
Moral Art. Ed. Beatrice Mendez-Egle and James M. Haule. Living
Author Series 5. Edinburg, Texas: Pan American University, 1983.
"Gardner's Ghosts." Stephen Wigler. Chavkin 271-81. Reprint of Rochester
Democrat and Chronicle/Upstate Magazine 11 July 1982: 15-20.
"John Gardner, Flat Out." Curt Suplee. Chavkin 282-90. Reprint of Washington
Post 25 July 1992: H1+.
"John Gardner's Last Interview." Bruce Beans. Chavkin 291-303. Reprint
of Today: The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine 17 October 1982:
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