Boston New York Toronto London: Little, Brown & Company, 1996. First Edition, First Printing. Cloth and boards. 8vo, tan quarter cloth with silver lettering on spine over blue-gray boards, Mylar-protected color photographic dust jacket (unclipped) designed by Robert Farber, [i-vi], vii, [viii] + [1-2] 3-257 pages. Very Fine / Very Fine. Item #2552
John Simmons Barth (born May 27, 1930) is an American writer, best known for his postmodernist and metafictional fiction. Barth began his career with The Floating Opera and The End of the Road, two short realist novels that deal wittily with controversial topics. They are straightforward realistic tales; as Barth later remarked, they "didn't know they were novels."
The Sot-Weed Factor (1960) was initially intended as the completing novel of a trilogy comprising his first two "realist" novels, but it morphed into a different project. The novel marked Barth's discovery of postmodernism.
Barth's next big novel, Giles Goat-Boy, is a speculative fiction based on the conceit of the university as universe.
The short story collection Lost in the Funhouse (1968) and the novella collection Chimera (1972) are even more metafictional. Chimera shared the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.
In the novel LETTERS (1979), Barth interacts with characters from his first six books.
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