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John Barth (1930–2024)

Author of The Sot-Weed Factor

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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 show more 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) show less

Works by John Barth

The Sot-Weed Factor (1960) 2,122 copies, 39 reviews
Lost in the Funhouse (1968) 1,569 copies, 14 reviews
Giles Goat-Boy (1966) 1,327 copies, 14 reviews
Chimera (1972) 1,002 copies, 12 reviews
The Floating Opera and The End of the Road (1957) 788 copies, 6 reviews
The Floating Opera (1956) 764 copies, 14 reviews
The End of the Road (1958) 622 copies, 11 reviews
The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor (1991) 547 copies, 6 reviews
Letters (1979) 390 copies, 1 review
Sabbatical: A Romance (1982) 364 copies, 2 reviews
The Tidewater Tales (1987) 337 copies, 2 reviews
On with the Story: Stories (1996) 196 copies, 2 reviews
Coming Soon!!!: A Narrative (2001) 181 copies, 1 review
The Friday Book (1984) 177 copies, 2 reviews
The Development (2008) 125 copies, 7 reviews
Where Three Roads Meet: Novellas (2005) 94 copies, 2 reviews
Final Fridays (2012) 35 copies
Browsing (2004) 12 copies
Life-Story {story} 2 copies, 2 reviews
Toga Party 1 copy
Writer's Choice 1 copy, 1 review
Barth John 1 copy

Associated Works

The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Contributor — 1,140 copies, 3 reviews
The Best American Short Stories 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 834 copies, 13 reviews
For the Love of Books: 115 Celebrated Writers on the Books They Love Most (1999) — Contributor — 456 copies, 3 reviews
The Treasury of American Short Stories (1981) — Contributor — 268 copies, 1 review
The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature (1999) — Contributor — 184 copies, 2 reviews
Granta 63: Beasts (1998) — Contributor — 132 copies
Prize Stories 1997: The O. Henry Awards (1997) — Contributor — 101 copies, 2 reviews
Granta 118: Exit Strategies (2012) — Contributor — 84 copies, 2 reviews
The Best American Essays 1987 (1987) — Contributor — 84 copies
Great Esquire Fiction (1983) — Contributor — 71 copies, 2 reviews
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contributor — 69 copies, 1 review
Granta 140: State of Mind (2017) — Contributor — 58 copies, 1 review
Extreme Fiction: Fabulists and Formalists (2003) — Contributor — 51 copies
New Stories from the South 2001: The Year's Best (2001) — Contributor — 47 copies
Writers Harvest 3 (2000) 30 copies, 1 review
Trial and Error: An Oxford Anthology of Legal Stories (1998) — Contributor — 24 copies
Story to Anti-Story (1979) — Contributor — 13 copies
Conjunctions: 30, Paper Airplane (1998) — Contributor — 11 copies
Antaeus No. 35, Autumn 1979 — Contributor — 1 copy
Antaeus No. 70, Spring 1993 - Special Fiction Issue (1993) — Contributor — 1 copy
Introduction to Fiction (1974) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Forever one of the highlights of my literary life.
 
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הפעם השלישית שאני קורא את הספר. זכרתי את הקריאה הראשונה לפני כשישים שנה אבל לא זכרתי שקראתי אותו שנית לפני כשבע שנים. רק להדגים מה קורה לזכרון שלי בשנים האחרונות. אין לי הרבה מה להוסיף על הביקורת הקודמת ועל השפעתו של ג'ון בארט עלי. אומר רק שגם בקריאה השלישית נהניתי מכל רגע ונראה לי שהערכתי יותר מאשר קודם את הוירטואוזיות של בארט. את המעברים שלו מדיון פילוזופי אקזיסטנציאליסטי, לסלפסטיק מאני ולבסוף לטרגדיה אמתית שמביאה דמעות לעיניים. סופר גדול.… (more)
 
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