Grendel (Paperback)

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What does it mean to be a monster? In this retelling of Beowulf from Grendel’s POV, we find the creature searching for meaning in a world that never wanted him. Through conversations with dragons and his secretive observations through the roof of the great hall, Grendel tries to determine the meaning of life, if there even is one.                   

— From Grendel


This classic and much lauded retelling of Beowulf follows the monster Grendel as he learns about humans and fights the war at the center of the Anglo Saxon classic epic.

"An extraordinary achievement."—New York Times

The first and most terrifying monster in English literature, from the great early epic Beowulf, tells his own side of the story in this frequently banned book. This is the novel William Gass called "one of the finest of our contemporary fictions."

About the Author

JOHN GARDNER received wide acclaim for his novels, his collections of short stories and his critical works.  He was born in Batavia, New York in 1933 and taught English, Anglo-Saxon and creative writing in Oberlin, Chico State College, San Francisco State, Southern Illinois, Bennington and SUNY-Binghamton. His books include The Art of Fiction, The Art of Living, Grendel, Jason, and Media, The Life and Times of Chaucer, Mickelsson's Ghosts, Nickel Mountain, October Light, The resurrection, The Sunlight Dialogues, Stillness and Shadows, and various books for children. He died in a motorcycle accident in 1982.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780679723110
ISBN-10: 0679723110
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: May 14th, 1989
Pages: 192
Language: English