A Letter From The Publisher: Aug. 31, 1981

In his 1978 review of The World According to Garp, Senior Writer R.Z. Sheppard declared that John Irving had moved into "the front rank of America's young novelists." Now, with the arrival of Irving's eagerly awaited new novel, The Hotel New Hampshire, Sheppard's assessment rings more true than ever. "Every once in a while there's a writer of real quality who also appeals to the popular reader," says Sheppard. "Irving is one." No newcomer to the risky but rewarding task of spotting literary talent, Sheppard worked as an editor and reviewer for the book...

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