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A Prayer for Owen Meany

A Prayer for Owen Meany


by John Irving

A Prayer for Owen Meany Resources


Irving's Official Website

Learn more about the author and his other works.

Academy of Achievement

This site profiles John Irving, and includes a brief biography, interview, and photo gallery.


Alfred Kazin on A Prayer for Owen Meany

Alfred Kazin reviews <em>A Prayer for Owen Meany</em> for the <em>New York Times</em>, March 12, 1989. Look out: it's not altogether friendly.

"John Irving: 19th-Century Novelist for These Times"

Richard Bernstein interviews John Irving for the <em>New York Times Book Review</em>, April 25, 1989

Author Talks: John Irving

John Irving talks about his influences, writing process, and more for bookreporter.com

Movie or TV Productions

Simon Birch (1998)

<em>Simon Birch</em> is a loose adaptation of <em>A Prayer for Owen Meany</em>. It stars Ian Michael Smith, Ashley Judd, and Jim Carrey.


An Interview with John Irving

John Irving dishes on the craft of writing a novel. You can really see how his own insights figure into his characters.

The Thrill of the Blank Page

John Irving talks about the excitement with which he approaches the craft of writing.

And now, for something completely different…

John Irving talks about getting tattoos.

Simon Birch trailer

A trailer for the movie <em>Simon Birch</em>, which is loosely based on the novel.


An Audio Book Version of A Prayer for Owen Meany

An excerpt from A Prayer for Owen Meany read by Joe Barrett.

Intersections: In the Footsteps of Charles Dickens

Irving talks with NPR about his love of Dickens, and responds to critics' claims that his love of Dickens damages his writing.

My Guilty Pleasure

Novelist Joshua Braff shares with NPR listeners how reading John Irving's novels is his "guilty pleasure." Really? Doesn't seem very "guilty" to us…


Matthew Detmer as Owen Meany

Here's a photo from a stage adaptation of <em>A Prayer for Owen Meany</em> – this is almost <em>exactly</em> what we pictured Owen looking like!

John and Owen

Actors David Ivers and Michael Wartella portray John and Owen in a Denver production of <em>A Prayer for Owen Meany</em>.

Our Author

A photo of our main man John Irving.

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