1942  Born March 2 in Exeter, New Hampshire
1961  Graduates from
Phillips Exeter Academy, in Exeter, NH
1961-1962  Attends
University of Pittsburgh, in Pittsbugh, PA
1962-1965  Attends and graduates cum laudefrom
University of New Hampshire, in Durham, NH
1963-1964  Studies at
University of Vienna in Austria
1964  Marries Shyla Leary in Greece
1965  Son Colin born in Austria
1967  Graduates from with MFA
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA; studied with Vance Bourjaily and Kurt Vonnegut
Setting Free the Bears published; teaches at Windham College in Putney, VT
1969-1971  Lives in Vienna and Putney, VT; works on screenplay for "Setting Free the Bears"
1970  Son Brendan born
1972  Receives the
Rockefeller Foundation Grant; publishes The Water-Method Man
1972-1975  Writer-in-residence at
The University of Iowa
1974  Publishes
The 158-Pound Marriage
1974-1975  Receives
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1975-1978 Serves as Assistant Professor of English at
Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA
1976-1977 Receives
Guggenheim Foundation Grant
1978  Publishes
The World According to Garp
1981  Publishes
The Hotel New Hamshire
1982  Film version "The World According to Garp" released

To Be Continued...
Courtesy of:

Miller, Gabriel. 
John Irving.  New York: Ungar Publishing Co., Inc., 1982.
John Irving is God: Irving Biography