John Gardner at Home

Memories from David Garland

Dear John,

I was so dreadfully sorry to learn (from our mutual friend Niki Lacey) about your illness and I wanted just to send a note of solidarity and well-wishing.

It doesn’t seem so long since I was first introduced to you in Roger Hood’s rooms, and over the years I have so greatly enjoyed our occasional encounters in Oxford, here in New York, and once, I seem to recall, in the grand dining room of Gleneagles Hotel. It has always seemed to me that any conversation on any subject is the better – more clarifying, more intelligent, more amusing – for your being a part of it. And like everyone else, I have loved the brilliance of your philosophical writing and the good sense about the human condition that underpins it.

So I’ll be wishing you well John, and thinking of you.