Don Edwards

  • A Conversation With John Gardner

    “Art makes no laws, only very difficult complicated suggestions,” says John Gardner, author of the recent October Light and five earlier novels. Born in 1933, Gardner grew up on a farm near Batavia, New York, and was educated at Washington University in St. Louis and at the State University of Iowa. He is married and the father of two children. A teacher and a scholar specializing in medieval literature, he has been teaching at both Skidmore and Bennington colleges this year. He was interviewed during a visit to Lexington, Kentucky, for the premier of Rumpelstiltskin, an opera for which he wrote the libretto.