John Champlin Gardner (July 21, 1933 – September 14, 1982) is best known as the author of Grendel, a novel that retells the Beowulf myth from the monster’s point of view. He also wrote literary criticism on works ranging from Gilgamesh to modern literature, and taught courses on Medieval literature, creative writing, and other literature-related topics . This site is a resource for learning more about his life and writings.