The following is an interview with bestselling author John Irving (The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, The Hotel New Hampshire), titled John Irving, The Art of Fiction No. 93, from the Paris Review.
John Irving was interviewed in the cramped back room of his otherwise large and luxurious apartment in Manhattan. A jump rope hangs on the door, a heavy set of weights “is always in the way” on the floor, and by one window is a stationary bike that Irving uses on days he doesn’t go to his private athletic club or jog in Central Park.
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John Irving was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942. His first novel, Setting Free the Bears, was published in 1968. He has been nominated for a National Book Award three times, winning once in 1980 for his novel The World According to Garp. Find out more at John-Irving.com.