User: John Irving

Date posted: Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:46:20 GMT

Dear Readers:

I think the early signs of my interest in ghosts are the epilogues I’ve written to many of my novels—I love epilogues. They are a way to keep the dead alive. The first draft of the Epilogue to THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP was twice as long as any of the other chapters. As Garp writes: “An epilogue is more than a body count. An epilogue, in the disguise of wrapping up the past, is really a way of warning us about the future.” Think of the ghosts in Dickens’ A CHRI...

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