Posted on 01/06/2015 at 12:00 AM by Jeffrey Bruner

John Gardner won the National Book Critics Circle Award on this day in 1977 for "October Light," a novel about two siblings in New England. Gardner also wrote "Grendel," a retelling of the "Beowulf" legend from the monster's point of view. Gardner died in a motorcycle accident in 1982 at the age of 49. 

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