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Barth, John 1930-

Works: 526 works in 1,812 publications in 17 languages and 54,462 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Short stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  College stories  Fantasy fiction  Domestic fiction  Historical fiction  Picaresque literature  Action and adventure fiction 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Narrator, Contributor, Author of introduction, Creator, Other
Classifications: PS3552.A75, 813.54
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The sot-weed factor by John Barth( Book )

191 editions published between 1960 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 3,065 WorldCat member 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 )

34 editions published between 1966 and 1987 in English and held by 2,365 WorldCat member 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 )

89 editions published between 1972 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 2,126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Barth retells the tales of Scheherezade of the Thousand and One Nights, Perseus, and Bellerophon from varying perspectives, examining the myths' relationship to reality and their resonance with the contemporary world. Dunyazade, Scheherazade's kid sister, holds the destiny of herself and the prince who holds her captive. Perseus, the demigod who slew the Gorgon Medusa, finds himself at forty battling for simple self-respect like any common mortal. Bellerophon, once a hero for taming the winged horse Pegasus, must wrestle with a contentment that only leaves him wretched
Lost in the funhouse : fiction for print, tape, live voice by John Barth( Book )

88 editions published between 1963 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of 14 short stories
Letters : a novel by John Barth( Book )

42 editions published between 1970 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,793 WorldCat member 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
Sabbatical : a romance by John Barth( Book )

43 editions published between 1981 and 1996 in 4 languages and held by 1,718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After returning from a nine-month sailboating cruise, a former CIA agent and his wife, a young associate professor, explore their marriage, memories, and dreams
The floating opera by John Barth( Book )

121 editions published between 1956 and 2015 in 14 languages and held by 1,676 WorldCat member 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 Tidewater tales : a novel by John Barth( Book )

52 editions published between 1987 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,583 WorldCat member 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 last voyage of Somebody the Sailor by John Barth( Book )

44 editions published between 1900 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,447 WorldCat member 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 )

62 editions published between 1958 and 2016 in 10 languages and held by 1,412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a catatonic episode on a railway station platform, Jacob Horner is taken to 'The Farm, ' a bizarre insane asylum run by Doctor D. After being 'cured', Jacob takes a job as an English lecturer at a nearby college and begins a disastrous affair with the wife of a colleague
Fifty years of the American short story : from the O. Henry awards, 1919-1970 by William Miller Abrahams( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 1,131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selections from Prize stories
The Friday book : essays and other nonfiction by John Barth( Book )

31 editions published between 1984 and 1997 in English and held by 983 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"...The Friday Book was the first work of nonfiction by novelist John Barth, author of The Sot-Weed Factor, Giles Goat-Boy, and Chimera. Taking its title from the day of the week Barth would devote to nonfiction, the three dozen essays discuss a wide range of topics from the blue crabs of Barth's beloved Chesapeake Bay to weighty literary subjects such as Borges, Homer, and semiotics..."
Once upon a time : a floating opera by John Barth( Book )

24 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 974 WorldCat member 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
How we live : contemporary life in contemporary fiction : an anthology by Penney Chapin Hills( Book )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 879 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents "short stories, novellas, and self-contained excerpts from novels in such a way that we are given a comprehensive psychological-sociological account of our life and times."
The development : nine stories by John Barth( Book )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 847 WorldCat member 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 )

19 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 809 WorldCat member 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
Coming soon!!! : a narrative by John Barth( Book )

21 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 798 WorldCat member 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
Scenes from American life : contemporary short fiction by Joyce Carol Oates( Book )

2 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book of ten nights and a night : eleven stories by John Barth( Book )

22 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 674 WorldCat member 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 )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 643 WorldCat member 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
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Letters : a novel
Giles goat-boy, or, The revised new syllabusChimeraLost in the funhouse : fiction for print, tape, live voiceLetters : a novelSabbatical : a romanceThe floating operaThe Tidewater tales : a novelThe last voyage of Somebody the Sailor
Alternative Names
Bart, Dz︠h︡on 1930-

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Barth, J. S. 1930-

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בארת', ג'ון 1930-

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바드, J. 1930-

바드, 존 1930-

바르트 존 1930-

바스, J. 1930-

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