Published by Franklin Library, Franklin Center, Pennsylvania, 1985, hardcover.
Fine, leather Bound, accented in 22kt gold. Printed on archival paper with gilded edges. The endsheets are of moire fabric with a silk ribbon page marker. Smyth sewing and concealed muslin joints. This book is in full leather with hubbed spines. ; Signed by John Irving. ; ; 8vo 8″ – 9″ tall.
“When time passes, it’s the people who knew you whom you want to see; they’re the ones you can talk to. When enough time passes, what’s it matter what they did to you?” (John Irving)
When he finished his fourth novel, The World According to Garp, in 1978, he offered the work to Dutton who successfully turned the novel into a worldwide bestseller. The book adapted into a very successful movie, becoming a cult classic that received several nominations at the Academy Awards
Irving catapulted to fame with his Garp book and became instantly known the world over. As a result of his new-found stardom, his subsequent novels became instant bestsellers. The Hotel New Hampshire was adapted into a movie. Irving’s next screenplay was for The Cider House Rules. It took Irving nearly a decade to finish and, consequently, it wasn’t ready until 1999.
He subsequently went back to Random House for his future novels. Irving continued to write best-sellers and has written 20 books, the next due out in 2020. He has successfully adapted five of them to movies.