Cansomeone give me 8 connections between John Irving's life and his novels as themes or settings, events, etc? Any answers will be greatly appreiated.

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Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am aware of a connection between Irving's life and The World According to Garp. Irving attended Philips Exeter Academy, and while he was there, he wrestled.  I do not know if you have read Garp, which is my favorite of all his books, but the protagonist wrestles, too, and ends up marrying the coach's daughter. 

There is also a connection in Irving's life with The Cider House Rules, which a strongly pro-choice novel.  The father of Irving's stepfather, who was for all practical purposes his grandfather, since his stepfather had married Irving's mother when Irving was about two years old, was a gynecologist and obstetrician, and strongly pro-choice.  This apparently was a strong influence on Irving. 


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