Barry Hughart

Barry Hughart

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in Peoria, Illinois, The United States
March 13, 1934




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Hughart was educated at Phillips Academy (Andover). He attended Columbia University where he obtained a bachelor's degree in 1956.
Upon his graduation from Columbia, Hughart joined the United States Air Force and served from 1956 to 1960 where he was involved in laying mines in the Korean Demilitarized Zone. During Hughart's military service he began to develop his lifelong interest in China that led him to plan a series set in "an Ancient China that never was." His connection to China continued after his military service, as he worked with TechTop, a military surplus company that was based in Asia, from 1960 to 1965.
From 1965 to 1970 Hughart was the manager of the Lenox Hill Book Shop in New York City.
Hughart lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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“Error can point the way to truth, while empty-headedness can only lead to more empty-headedness or to a career in politics.”
Barry Hughart, Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was
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“The supernatural can be very annoying until one finds the key that transforms it into science," he observed mildly... "Come on, Ox, let's go out and get killed.”
Barry Hughart, Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was

“Fable has strong shoulders that carry far more truth than fact can.”
Barry Hughart, Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was



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