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John Barth taught for many years in the writing program at Johns Hopkins University, and he lives in Chestertown, Maryland. (Publisher Provided) John Simmons Barth was born on May 27, 1930 in Cambridge, Maryland. He is considered to be one of the American writers who introduced a U.S. audience to experimental fiction. Barth began as a conventional novelist, exploring existential themes of suicide in The Floating Opera (1956) and the complexity of love in The End of the Road (1958). By the end of the 1950s, however, he was exploring less realistic techniques to keep the reader from being pulled into the story, and thus to make larger points. Those techniques include parody, which Barth first used in The Sot-Weed Factor (1960), to mock the style of the eighteenth-century picaresque novel, and Giles Goat-Boy (1966), which depicts the world as a giant university. In Chimera (1972), for which he won the National Book Award, Barth applied his method to retell classical myths. His later works include Letters (1979), in which Barth himself appears as a character, and Sabbatical (1982), the story of a woman college professor and her novelist husband, both of whom address the reader and author. Barth's other novels include The Tidewater Tales (1987) and The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor (1991). For most of his career as a writer, he has also been a professor of English, teaching at Pennsylvania State University, the State University of New York at Buffalo, and The Johns Hopkins University. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Sot-Weed Factor 1,930 copies, 32 reviews
Lost in the Funhouse 1,428 copies, 13 reviews
Giles Goat-Boy 1,219 copies, 14 reviews
Chimera 932 copies, 12 reviews
The Floating Opera 701 copies, 15 reviews
The End of the Road 582 copies, 10 reviews
Letters 355 copies, 1 review
Sabbatical: A Romance 329 copies, 2 reviews
The Tidewater Tales 306 copies, 2 reviews
On with the Story: Stories 177 copies, 2 reviews
Coming Soon!!!: A Narrative 167 copies, 1 review
The Friday Book 157 copies, 1 review
The Best American Short Stories 2007 (Contributor) 772 copies, 13 reviews
The Treasury of American Short Stories (Contributor) 247 copies, 1 review
Granta 63: Beasts (Contributor) 129 copies
Prize Stories 1997: The O. Henry Awards (Contributor) 90 copies, 3 reviews
The Best American Essays 1987 (Contributor) 82 copies
Granta 118: Exit Strategies (Contributor) 75 copies, 2 reviews
Granta 140: State of Mind (Contributor) 48 copies, 1 review
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