John Irving

Setting Free the Bears

originally published:
New York : Random House

We offered this signed copy of the first edition in our Catalog 117.


  • First Book(1968)

reference info

bio notes:
born: 3/2/1942
born as: John Winslow Irving

American novelist and short-story writer who established his reputation with the novel The World According to Garp (1978; film, 1982). Characteristic of his other works, it was noted for its engaging story line, colorful characterizations, macabre humor, and examination of contemporary issues. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature

Collecting tips:

Irving's first book, Setting Free the Bears (1968) is the only one of his books that might break a modest bank account, but The World According to Garp (1978), and A Prayer for Own Meany (1989), both have enthusiastic adherents, although both are usually pretty modestly priced. Irving used to be generous with his signature, but seems to have backed off a bit of late, thus signed copies could command a modest premium.

We also offer a comprehensive John Irving Bibliography and Price Guide.