Barth, John 1930-
Most widely held works about John Barth
Most widely held works by John Barth
The sot-weed factor by John Barth ( Book )
73 editions published between 1960 and 2007 in 7 languages and held by 2,444 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 )
28 editions published between 1966 and 1987 in English and held by 2,420 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 )
28 editions published between 1972 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 1,985 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.
Sabbatical : a romance by John Barth ( Book )
21 editions published between 1981 and 1996 in English and Polish and held by 1,793 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 floating opera by John Barth ( Book )
59 editions published between 1956 and 2007 in 8 languages and held by 1,782 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'"--p. [2-3] of jacket.
Lost in the funhouse; fiction for print, tape, live voice by John Barth ( Book )
32 editions published between 1966 and 1996 in English and held by 1,742 libraries worldwide
Fourteen short literary experiments intended for perusal in sequence are set in contemporary society and classical Greece.
The Tidewater tales : a novel by John Barth ( Book )
16 editions published between 1987 and 1997 in English and French and held by 1,741 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.
Letters : a novel by John Barth ( Book )
11 editions published between 1979 and 1994 in English and held by 1,716 libraries worldwide
"A landmark of postmodern American fiction, Letters is (as the subtitle genially informs us) "an old time epistolary novel by seven fictitious drolls & dreamers each of which imagines himself factual." Seven characters (including the Author himself) exchange a novel's worth of letters during a 7-month period in 1969, a time of revolution that recalls the U.S.'s first revolution in the 18th century - the heyday of the epistolary novel. Recapitulating American history as well as the plots of his first six novels, Barth's seventh novel is a witty and profound exploration of the nature of revolution and renewal, rebellion and reenactment, at both the private and public levels. It is also an ingenious meditation on the genre of the novel itself, recycling an older form to explore new directions, new possibilities for the novel."--BOOK JACKET.
The last voyage of Somebody the Sailor by John Barth ( Book )
16 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,646 libraries worldwide
The end of the road by John Barth ( Book )
60 editions published between 1958 and 2005 in 8 languages and held by 1,215 libraries worldwide
Once upon a time : a floating opera by John Barth ( Book )
7 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,142 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.
Coming soon!!! : a narrative by John Barth ( Book )
11 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 996 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 generation of writers who have followed his literary trailblazing." "Barth's first novel in ten years, 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."--Jacket.
The Friday book : essays and other nonfiction by John Barth ( Book )
9 editions published between 1984 and 1997 in English and held by 982 libraries worldwide
The development : nine stories by John Barth ( Book )
2 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 954 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.
On with the story : stories by John Barth ( Book )
5 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 926 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 )
10 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 773 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 )
3 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 737 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."--BOOK JACKET.
Further Fridays : essays, lectures, and other nonfiction, 1984-94 by John Barth ( Book )
2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 627 libraries worldwide
On Fridays, John Barth abandons life in the city and heads for his Chesapeake Bay retreat, where he duly exchanges his weekday fiction muse for a nonfiction one. Fridays have become a liberating time, Barth says, to "discover what I thought about some subject or other, before reconfronting the vacated ways and laying the keel for the next substantial fiction project." What emerges from these thoughtful adventures are witty essays, literary and otherwise, the tracks of an original and incisive mind. Ten years ago Barth published his first nonfiction collection, The Friday Book, to critical acclaim. Now, in Further Fridays, his life's "cardinal pursuits" - writing, reading, thinking, and teaching - give rise to a luminous range of creative musings. Barth shifts easily between the humorous and the erudite; his imagination draws his from postmodern fiction and chaos theory to memory, the arabesque, and the nature of imagination itself.
Writer's choice by L. Rust Hills ( Book )
3 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 617 libraries worldwide
"Each of twenty American authors introduces his own best story."
Letters by John Barth ( Book )
4 editions published between 1970 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 118 libraries worldwide
American fiction Americans Americans--Travel Atlantic Ocean--Chesapeake Bay Authors Authors, American Autobiographical fiction Barth, John,--1930- Bibliography Boats and boating Borges, Jorge Luis,--1899-1986 College students Cooke, Ebenezer,--ca. 1667-ca. 1732 Criticism, interpretation, etc. Epic literature, American Fiction Gaddis, William,--1922-1998 History Humor Humorous stories, American Imaginary letters Iraq Iraq--Baghdad Journalists Kesey, Ken Literature Manners and customs Manuscripts Manuscripts, American Marriage Married people Maryland Mythology Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich,--1899-1977 Novelists Older women Paradox Poets Postmodernism (Literature) Pynchon, Thomas Rhythm Sailing Sailors Shipwreck survival Short stories Short stories, American Storytelling Union lists (Library catalogs) United States United States--Chesapeake Bay Region
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Barth, J. S. (John Simmons), 1930-
Barth, John Simmons 1930-
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