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Barth, John 1930-

Works: 367 works in 1,371 publications in 16 languages and 60,061 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  College stories  Domestic fiction  Humor  Psychological fiction  History  Short stories 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Performer, Author of introduction, Singer
Classifications: PS3552.A75, 813.54
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The sot-weed factor by John Barth ( Book )
153 editions published between 1960 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 3,157 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 )
80 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,652 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.'
The floating opera by John Barth ( Book )
121 editions published between 1956 and 2012 in 10 languages and held by 2,267 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
Chimera by John Barth ( Book )
53 editions published between 1972 and 2001 in 5 languages and held by 2,139 WorldCat member 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 )
95 editions published between 1963 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 2,070 WorldCat member 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 )
31 editions published between 1970 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,929 WorldCat member 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."--Jacket
Sabbatical : a romance by John Barth ( Book )
27 editions published between 1981 and 1996 in 4 languages and held by 1,873 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 Tidewater tales : a novel by John Barth ( Book )
35 editions published between 1987 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 1,740 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 )
29 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The end of the road by John Barth ( Book )
113 editions published between 1958 and 2004 in 8 languages and held by 1,481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Once upon a time : a floating opera by John Barth ( Book )
16 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 1,094 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
The Friday book : essays and other nonfiction by John Barth ( Book )
23 editions published between 1984 and 1997 in English and held by 1,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The development : nine stories by John Barth ( Book )
11 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 966 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
Coming soon!!! : a narrative by John Barth ( Book )
15 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 934 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
On with the story : stories by John Barth ( Book )
10 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 878 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
The book of ten nights and a night : eleven stories by John Barth ( Book )
13 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 747 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 )
7 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 715 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."--BOOK JACKET
Every third thought : a novel in five seasons by John Barth ( Book )
4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 618 WorldCat member 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
Writer's choice by L. Rust Hills ( Book )
5 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Each of twenty American authors introduces his own best story."
Final Fridays : essays, lectures, tributes & other nonfiction, 1995- by John Barth ( Book )
4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Collection of nonfiction articles addressing a variety of topics from John Barth
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Alternative Names
Bart, Dz︠h︡on 1930-
Barth, J. S. 1930-
Barth, J. S. (John Simmons), 1930-
Barth, John Simmons 1930-
Barts, Džons 1930-
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