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John Simmons Barth


American writer of experimental fiction

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John Barth ( Cambridge , 27 May 1930 ) is a writer, American author of novels and short stories, known for its influence on literary currents and postmodern metafiction.

Born in Cambridge, Maryland, studied at art school "Julliard" in New York, before service, for all ' Johns Hopkins University . It was also a professor at Pennsylvania State University (1953-1965), at SUNY Buffalo (1965-1973) and Boston University . He retired from teaching in 1995.

Barth began his career as a writer in 1956 with The Floating Opera , which is followed by End of the road in 1958. In these two short novels, the author tackles controversial issues such as suicide and abortion. The 1960 is the year of publication of the grower of Maryland , epic-satire that deals with the theme of the colonization of Maryland and is based on the life of a poet, Ebenezer Cook , who wrote a poem with the same title. The work is broad, structured and dispersed, full of digressions and stories in the stories. The protagonist, Ebenezer Cook in fact, is similar to an innocent Candide by Voltaire that aims to write an epic-heroic but, being disillusioned, eventually compose a biting satire.

His later works are Giles goat-boy and the house of joy . With Chimera wins in 1973 the National Book Award for fiction ex aequo with Augustus of John Williams .

Barth took part in the theoretical discussion about the decline in the importance of the novel as a literary form, on this topic has also published an essay entitled The literature of exhaustion , comparable to death of the author of Roland Barthes.


The Floating Opera , Garden City, Doubleday, 1956
Tr. Henry Furst , The Floating Opera , Milan, Longanesi , 1968
Tr. Henry Furst, The Floating Opera , Milan, Bompiani , 1996
Tr. Martina Testa, The Floating Opera , Rome, minimum fax , 2003
The End of the Road , Garden City, Doubleday, 1958
Tr. Aldo Buzzi , The end of the road , Milan, Rizzoli , 1966
Tr. Aldo Buzzi, The end of the road , Rome, minimum fax, 2004
The Sot-Weed Factor , Garden City, Doubleday, 1960
Tr. Luciano Bianciardi , the grower of Maryland , Milan, Rizzoli, 1968
Giles Goat-Boy or, The Revised New Syllabus , Garden City, Doubleday, 1966
Tr. Luciano Erba , Giles goat-boy, or the new revised scheme , Milan, Rizzoli, 1972
Lost in the Funhouse. Fiction for Print, Tape, Live Voice , Garden City, Doubleday, 1968
Tr. Pier Francesco Paolini , The house of joy. Stories to print, cut tape, play , Milan, Rizzoli, 1974
Letters (1979)
Sabbatical (1982)
The Tidewater Tales (1987)
The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor (1991)
Once Upon a Time (1994)
Coming Soon! (2001)
Every Third Thought: A Novel in Five Seasons (2011)


Chimera (1972)
On with the Story (1996)
The Book of Ten Nights and a Night. Eleven Stories (2004)
Where Three Roads Meet (2005)
The Development. Nine Stories (2008)


The Friday Book (1984)
Further Fridays (1995)
Final Fridays (2012)


National Book Award
F. Scott Fitzgerald Award
Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award
PEN / Malamud Award
Enoch Pratt

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