Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
10,604 (14,755)1752,133 (3.77)55
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) — biography from The Sot-Weed Factor… (more)
The Sot-Weed Factor 2,009 copies, 37 reviews
Lost in the Funhouse 1,485 copies, 14 reviews
Giles Goat-Boy 1,259 copies, 14 reviews
Chimera 959 copies, 12 reviews
The Floating Opera 725 copies, 15 reviews
The End of the Road 598 copies, 10 reviews
Letters 364 copies, 1 review
Sabbatical: A Romance 343 copies, 2 reviews
The Tidewater Tales 318 copies, 2 reviews
On with the Story: Stories 183 copies, 2 reviews
Coming Soon!!!: A Narrative 170 copies, 1 review
The Friday Book 166 copies, 1 review
The Best American Short Stories 2007 (Contributor) 798 copies, 13 reviews
The Treasury of American Short Stories (Contributor) 253 copies, 1 review
Granta 63: Beasts (Contributor) 132 copies
Prize Stories 1997: The O. Henry Awards (Contributor) 92 copies, 2 reviews
The Best American Essays 1987 (Contributor) 83 copies
Granta 118: Exit Strategies (Contributor) 80 copies, 3 reviews
Great Esquire Fiction (Contributor) 68 copies, 1 review
Granta 140: State of Mind (Contributor) 57 copies, 2 reviews
1001 (48) 1001 books (50) 20th century (243) American (270) American fiction (89) American literature (441) anthology (352) Barth (103) books (58) books about books (60) collection (67) contemporary (43) essays (130) fantasy (48) fiction (2,286) first edition (84) Granta (48) hardcover (41) historical fiction (87) humor (80) John Barth (104) literary criticism (46) literary fiction (53) literature (407) metafiction (136) mythology (50) non-fiction (94) novel (465) own (54) postmodern (178) postmodernism (209) read (131) satire (51) short fiction (63) short stories (683) stories (55) to-read (669) unread (155) USA (87) writing (84)

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

Member ratings

Average: (3.77)
0.5 4
1 33
1.5 7
2 131
2.5 36
3 418
3.5 122
4 623
4.5 98
5 439

Author pictures (2)


(see all 2 author pictures)

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

John Barth is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.


John Barth is composed of 10 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 188,504,519 books! | Top bar: Always visible