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A genuine classic of literary criticism, On Moral Fiction argues that ”true art is by its nature moral.”

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John Gardner (1933–1982) was a bestselling novelist and one of the most popular and respected writing teachers of his generation. His books On Moral Fiction, The Art of Fiction, and On Becoming a Novelist are consulted by thousands of aspiring writers every year. His novels include the classic Grendel and the bestsellers October Light, The Sunlight Dialogues, and Nickel Mountain.

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"It is salutary to come across a writer who is genuinely ambitious for art." -- The New York Review of Books

"John Gardner's On Moral Fiction is criticism with both eyes open, fearless, illuminating, proving...that true art is moral and not trivial." -- Los Angeles Times

"Most refreshing about Gardner is his belief that some truths are indeed knowable." -- Business Week

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