Ch 12: The Works of John Irving

About This Chapter

Find out about the influential author John Irving by exploring some of his major works, including ''A Prayer for Owen Meany'' and ''The Cider House Rules''. These lessons cover key themes, literary devices, quotations, and more.

The Works of John Irving Chapter Summary

Discover the works of John Irving using this collection of easy-to-follow lessons. You'll examine novels like A Prayer for Owen Meany and The Cider House Rules, including their:

  • Plot
  • Quotes
  • Genre
  • Themes
  • Allusions
  • Foreshadowing

Our professional instructors bring literature to life through these short, engaging lessons. Don't forget to check out our other literature-related courses, a list of which you can find below.

How to Use this Chapter

These lessons are a fantastic tool for anyone studying for an upcoming exam, writing a term paper, or looking to simply expand their literary knowledge. Use them to get an overview of John Irving's oeuvre or to dig deeper into a specific text that you're interested in. You can view the lessons in any order and track your progress as you learn thanks to the short self-assessment quizzes provided.

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Visit these lessons for related content if you're eager to find out more about American and world literature.

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