© Jane Sobel
John Irving (1942) still writes the first draft of his books by hand. This year marks exactly fifty years since his literary debut and forty years since the publication of his most famous novel, The World According to Garp. This book has been a best-seller in America for decades and has become a classic of American literature. He has penned fourteen novels, short story collections, autobiographical non-fiction and children’s books in a career spanning more than fifty years. Many of his novels have been adapted to film and Irving has won an O Henry Award, the National Book Award and an Oscar for his adapted screenplay of The Cider House Rules. His most recent book, Avenue of Mysteries, was published in 2015. The Dutch translation was released by the Hollands Diep publishing house.