John Irving

John Irving

Highest Rated: 71% The Cider House Rules (1999)

Lowest Rated: 43% City of Industry (1997)

Birthday: Mar 2, 1942

Birthplace: Exeter, New Hampshire, USA

The novels of John Irving commonly melded darker shades of comedy, tragedy, infidelity and familial dysfunction, enacted by casts of fascinatingly eccentric misfits. His breakthrough, The World According to Garp (1978), came relatively early on, but Irving maintained its vibrant sales with later offerings like The Hotel New Hampshire (1981), The Cider House Rules (1985), and A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989) - many of which were made into successful feature films. Readers gravitated in large numbers to Irving, savoring his unusual characters and storylines, and correspondingly offbeat humor. Irving stated that the things he read and imagined as a boy proved formative and were what led him to choose writing as his vocation. His subject matter was frequently provocative, with many complex and challenging themes that recurred in his work. Irving's female characters tended to be more resilient and gifted than often found in novels of similar subject and style, and the sport of wrestling, which played an important part in Irving's life for many years, also made regular appearances. With one of the longest lists of consecutive bestsellers for any author and more than 12 million books sold in 35 languages, Irving's importance in the history of American literature could not be underestimated.




67% 64% The Door in the Floor Writer $3.8M 2004
No Score Yet 26% The Fourth Angel Director - 2001
46% 29% Shiner Director - 2000
71% 77% The Cider House Rules Screenwriter,
$57.5M 1999
44% 77% Simon Birch Writer $18.3M 1998
43% 38% City of Industry Director $1.5M 1997


No Score Yet 44% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2015
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2005