Grendel is a 1971 novel by american author john gardner it is a retelling of part of the old english poem beowulf from the perspective of the antagonist,. In this update, the author recasts grendel as an anti-hero with real pathos this book was considered controversial for its depiction of violence.
Born july 21, 1933, he is best known for grendel, his retelling of beowulf, and on moral fiction, his controversial volume of literary criticism the book criticized authors such as john updike and thomas pynchon and.
The book controversy first came to the 4,600-student district's attention grendel, written in 1971 by john gardner, is based on beowulf, an.
His most recent book is the controversial on moral fiction (basic books, inc, 1978) the novel grendel, it seems to me, is essentially a novel about faith and.