On October 16th, 1990, author John Irving visited the John Adams Institute. He spoke about his work as an author. The evening was moderated by Theo d’Haen (professor of British and American Literature at the Universiteit Leiden) and Hans Bertens (professor of American Studies at the Universiteit Utrecht).
John Irving’s first novel, Setting Free The Bears, was published in 1968. The World According to Garp, Irving’s fourth, was his first international bestseller. In 2000, John Irving won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules. Before the success of The World According to Garp enabled John Irving to become a full-time writer, he had several college teaching positions—not only at his alma mater in Iowa City, where he taught for three years, but also at Mt. Holyoke College and Brandeis University. John Irving’s novels are now translated into thirty-five languages, and he has had ten international bestsellers. In 1992, John Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He was a competitive wrestler for twenty years and a wrestling coach until he was forty-seven. He has visited the John Adams Institute five times: in 1990, 1994, 2002, 2006 and 2010.