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Barth, John 1930-

Overview
Works: 444 works in 1,285 publications in 16 languages and 58,583 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  College stories  Domestic fiction  Humor  Black humor  Psychological fiction  Short stories  Biography 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Performer, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3552.A75, 813.54
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Publications about John Barth
Publications by John Barth
Most widely held works by John Barth
The sot-weed factor by John Barth( Book )
117 editions published between 1960 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 3,008 libraries worldwide
This parody of the historical novel takes its title from a satirical poem published in 1708 by Ebenezer Cooke, with Cooke being the protagonist of this work. A written work for writers' enjoyment, the novel's black humor is derived from its purposeful misuse of conventional literary devices
Giles goat-boy, or, The revised new syllabus by John Barth( Book )
56 editions published between 1966 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,529 libraries worldwide
George, also known as Billy Bockfuss and as Giles, was raised as a goat rather than as a boy by a brilliant atomic physicist whose guilt about the bomb has driven him to the country. George sets out to become the messianic Grand Tutor of a university and to conquer the terrible Wescac computer system that threatens to destroy his community in this brilliant 'fantasy of theology, sociology, and sex.'
Chimera by John Barth( Book )
45 editions published between 1972 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 2,088 libraries worldwide
In CHIMERA John Barth injects his signature wit into the tales of Scheherezade of the Thousand and One Nights, Perseus, the slayer of Medusa, and Bellerophon, who tamed the winged horse Pegasus. In a book that the Washington Post called "stylishly maned, tragically songful, and serpentinely elegant," Barth retells these tales from varying perspectives, examining the myths' relationship to reality and their resonance with the contemporary world
Lost in the funhouse; fiction for print, tape, live voice by John Barth( Book )
63 editions published between 1966 and 2007 in 6 languages and held by 1,966 libraries worldwide
Fourteen short literary experiments intended for perusal in sequence are set in contemporary society and classical Greece
Letters : a novel by John Barth( Book )
43 editions published between 1970 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,908 libraries worldwide
Basically, [Barth] takes several people from his early novels and has them all starting to write to each other, and to him, their letters and experiences directing the plot. And what starts out as what could be a too-cute literary trick winds up being extremely revealing, as the characters pour themselves into the letters, regardless of whom they're writing to, as the plot skips and slips through time. On one level it acts as a sequel to those early novels, continuing their stories and although it's not really required to read those books, I'm not going to pretend it doesn't help. The best thing to do would be to read those old novels in one block and then move onto this . . . I read them some years ago so I was a little fuzzy on the finer points. But I picked it up. But Barth captures the voices of his old characters well and even if you didn't know who was writing what letter, you could tell. And thus they tell the recepient, and us, about their hopes and fears, they mingle together, they lie, they come unglued, and by the end you sort of get a tapestry of their thoughts. There's a plot weaving through here but sometimes it becomes hard to connect it with six different people discussing different angles of it with you, but I just went with it and enjoyed the writing for what it was. --Michael Battaglia at Amazon.com
Sabbatical : a romance by John Barth( Book )
22 editions published between 1981 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 1,803 libraries worldwide
Subtitled "a romance," Sabbatical is the story of Susan Rachel Allan Seckler, a sharp young associate professor of early American literature - part Jewish, part Gypsy, and possibly descended from Edgar Allen Poe - and her husband Fenwick Scott Key Turner, a 50-year-old ex-CIA officer currently between careers, a direct descendant of the author of "The Star Spangled Banner" and himself the author of a troublemaking book about his former employer. Seven years into their marriage, they decide to take a sabbatical, a sailboat journey on which they sum up their years together and try to make important decisions about the years ahead. True to its subtitle, the novel combines the mysterious and marvelous (unexplained disappearances; a fabled sea monster in Chesapeake Bay) with romantic love and daring adventure
The Tidewater tales : a novel by John Barth( Book )
42 editions published between 1987 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,687 libraries worldwide
As they cruise around Chesapeake Bay aboard their sailboat, Peter Sagamore and his very pregnant wife, Katherine, reveal the stories of their past and present
The floating opera by John Barth( Book )
82 editions published between 1956 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 1,670 libraries worldwide
"This edition presents for the first time the complete text of John Barth's first novel, including those passages deleted in previous editions and 'the original and correct ending to the story, ' which was changed as a condition of the book's first publication. Written in 1955, when the author was twenty-four, and nominated for the National Book Award in 1957, The floating opera was compared by its first critics to Tristram Shandy, Candide, Celine and Camus. But it has become increasingly clear--particularly now in its restored and intended design--that it is, rather, peculiarly Barth, a part of the same world-view that informs The end of the road, The sot-weed factor and Giles Goat-Boy. 'Why The floating opera? Well, that's part of the name of a showboat that used to travel around the Virginia and Maryland tidewater areas, and some of this book happens aboard it. ... It always seemed a fine idea to me to build a showboat with just one big flat open deck on it, and to keep a play going continuously. The boat wouldn't be moored, but would drift up and down the river on the tide, and the audience would sit along both banks. They could catch whatever part of plot happened to unfold as the boat floated past, and then they'd have to wait until the tide ran back again to catch another snatch of it, if they still happened to be sitting there. To fill in the gaps they'd have to use their imaginations, or ask more attentive neighbors, or hear the word passed along from upriver or downriver. Most times they wouldn't understand what was going on at all, or they'd think they knew, when actually they didn't. Lots of times they'd be able to see the actors, but not hear them. I needn't explain that that's how much of life works'"--Page [2-3] of jacket
The last voyage of Somebody the Sailor by John Barth( Book )
20 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in English and Japanese and held by 1,517 libraries worldwide
Journalist Simon Behler finds himself in the house of Sinbad the Sailor after being washed ashore during a sea-going adventure. Over the course of six evenings, the two take turns recounting their voyages in a brilliantly entertaining weave of stories within stories
The end of the road by John Barth( Book )
86 editions published between 1958 and 2004 in 7 languages and held by 1,401 libraries worldwide
Once upon a time : a floating opera by John Barth( Book )
20 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,077 libraries worldwide
An fantasy-filled sailing trip through Chesapeake Bay, in the course of which a writer recounts his life. The novel is written in the form of an opera whose arias serve as vehicles for digressions which would otherwise have slowed down the narrative. By the author of The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor
The Friday book : essays and other nonfiction by John Barth( Book )
27 editions published between 1984 and 1997 in English and held by 1,000 libraries worldwide
The development : nine stories by John Barth( Book )
8 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 883 libraries worldwide
From the Publisher: From one of our most celebrated masters, a touching, comic, deeply humane collection of linked stories about surprising developments in a gated community. "I find myself inclined to set down for whomever, before my memory goes kaput altogether, some account of our little community, in particular of what Margie and I consider to have been its most interesting hour: the summer of the Peeping Tom." Something has disturbed the comfortably retired denizens of a pristine Florida-style gated community in Chesapeake Bay country. In the dawn of the new millennium and the evening of their lives, these empty nesters discover that their tidy enclave can be as colorful, shocking, and surreal as any of John Barth's fictional locales. From the high jinks of a toga party to marital infidelities, a baffling suicide pact, and the sudden, apocalyptic destruction of the short-lived development, Barth brings mordant humor and compassion to the lives of characters we all know well. From "one of the most prodigally gifted comic novelists writing in English today" (Newsweek), The Development is John Barth at his most accessible and sympathetic best
Coming soon!!! : a narrative by John Barth( Book )
13 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 874 libraries worldwide
"In a novelistic romp that is by turns hilarious and brilliant, John Barth, the dean of postmodern fiction, spoofs his own place in the pantheon of contemporary fiction and the experimental writers who have followed his literary trailblazing." "Coming Soon!!! is the tale of two writers: an older, retiring novelist setting out to write his last work and a young, aspiring writer of hypertext intent on toppling his master. Inspired by a gently sinking showboat replica called The Original Floating Opera II, grounded on a shoal somewhere in the Chesapeake Bay as a hurricane (and Y2K) approaches, they race each other to write a novel about a floating opera - a reprise of the fictional mentor's first novel, of Barth's own first novel, of Edna Ferber's literary monument Show Boat and its spawn of musicals and films. In the heat of their rivalry, the writers navigate, and sometimes stumble over, the cultural fault lines between print and electronic fiction, mentor and mentee, post-modernism and modernism."--Back cover
On with the story : stories by John Barth( Book )
11 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 854 libraries worldwide
In the title piece an airline passenger reads a magazine story, written by a man sitting next to her, Countdown is on a couple with cancer who prepare to die together, and in And Then One Day a woman fantasizes having an affair with her writing teacher
The book of ten nights and a night : eleven stories by John Barth( Book )
15 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 704 libraries worldwide
"Here are tales of aging, time, possibility, and relationships. And in typically Barthian fashion, they are framed by the narration of a veteran writer, Graybard, and his flirtatious, insouciant muse, WYSIWIG (What You See Is What You Get). During the eleven days that follow September 11, 2001, Graybard and WYSIWYG debate the meaning and relevance of writing and storytelling in the wake of disaster, or TEOTWAW(A)KI - The End Of The World As We (Americans) Knew it."--Jacket
Where three roads meet : novellas by John Barth( Book )
6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 673 libraries worldwide
"From the acclaimed John Barth comes a lively triad of tales that delight in the many possibilities of language and its users. The first novella, "Tell Me," explores a callow undergraduate's initiation into the mysteries of sex, death, and the Heroic Cycle. The second novella, "I've Been Told," traces no less than the history of storytelling and examines innocence and modernity, ignorance and self-consciousness. And the three elderly sisters of the third novella, "As I Was Saying ...," record an oral history of their youthful muse-like services to (and servicings of) a subsequently notorious and now mysteriously vanished novelist. Sexy, humorous, and brimming with Barth's deep intelligence and playful irreverence, Where Three Roads Meet will surely delight loyal fans and draw new ones."--Jacket
Writer's choice by L. Rust Hills( Book )
5 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 546 libraries worldwide
"Each of twenty American authors introduces his own best story."
Every third thought : a novel in five seasons by John Barth( Book )
4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 544 libraries worldwide
After a fluke tornado destroys George I. Newett's neighborhood, a series of strange coincidences relating to the stock market crash of 1929 occur, causing him to experience five serial visions corresponding to pivotal events in his life
The floating opera and the end of the road by John Barth( Book )
12 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 520 libraries worldwide
Tells the stories of a man's struggle with the idea of suicide and of a bed-hopping threesome brought together by a strange doctor-psychiatrist-mentor
 
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Alternative Names
Bart, Dz︠h︡on 1930-
Barth, J. S. 1930-
Barth, J. S. (John Simmons), 1930-
Barth, John
Barth, John Simmons 1930-
Barts, Džons 1930-
Ioannes Barth
John Barth Amerikaans schrijver
John Barth amerikai novellista és regényíró
John Barth amerikansk författare
John Barth amerikansk skribent
John Barth amerykański pisarz
John Barth écrivain américain
John Barth scrittore statunitense
John Barth US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller
John Simmons Barth
Джон Барт
Джон Сіммонс Барт
ברת', ג'ון
ברת, ג'ון, 1930-
ג'ון בארת'
جان بارت نویسنده آمریکایی
جون بارث
जॉन बार्थ
바드, 존 1930-
바르트 존 1930-
바스, 존 1930-
바아드, 존 1930-
ጆን ባርት
ジョン・バース
バース, ジョン
约翰·巴思
Languages
English (656)
German (23)
French (13)
Spanish (13)
Romanian (7)
Polish (7)
Italian (5)
Japanese (2)
Portuguese (2)
Persian (2)
Hebrew (2)
Russian (2)
Korean (2)
Hungarian (2)
Chinese (1)
Turkish (1)
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