Many of us know little about John Gardner's work with the theater, about his plays, his acting. We would liketo take this opportunity to supply you with a taste of Gardner's theater craft, thanks to the courtesy of

Georges Borchardt, Inc.

Literary Agency

136 East 57th Street

New York, New York 10022

Tel: (212) 753-5785

Fax: (212) 838-6518


John's literary agent has given us permission to publish to the web the first two pages of his one-act play, Days of Vengeance. All rights are reserved as explained in the United States Copyright code. If interested in seeing a complete copy of this play or getting permission to perform it, you must contact Anne Borchardt at Georges Borchardt, Inc.


Jan Quackenbush has provided crucial background material for this play. The play follows these introductory comments. Jan has also created a very detailed bibliography of his theatrical works.

I must add that I have seen a production of this play and am thoroughly baffled by its absence from stages for so many years. Of the many insights offered by the play, surely those on aging have universal appeal.

page updated on March 12, 1998