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John Barth


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in Cambridge, Maryland, The United States
May 27, 1930

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John Simmons Barth is an American novelist and short-story writer, known for the postmodernist and metafictive quality of his work.

John Barth was born in Cambridge, Maryland, and briefly studied "Elementary Theory and Advanced Orchestration" at Juilliard before attending Johns Hopkins University, receiving a B.A. in 1951 and an M.A. in 1952 (for which he wrote a thesis novel, The Shirt of Nessus).

He was a professor at Penn State University (1953-1965), SUNY Buffalo (1965-1973), Boston University (visiting professor, 1972-1973), and Johns Hopkins University (1973-1995) before he retired in 1995.

Barth began his career with The Floating Opera and The End of the Road, two short novels that deal wittily with controversial topics, suicide and abo
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3.76 avg rating — 2,111 ratings — published 1966 — 22 editions
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Chimera

3.73 avg rating — 2,107 ratings — published 1972 — 24 editions
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The End of the Road

3.82 avg rating — 1,883 ratings — published 1958 — 35 editions
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The Last Voyage of Somebody...

3.90 avg rating — 652 ratings — published 1991 — 11 editions
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The Tidewater Tales

4.03 avg rating — 437 ratings — published 1987 — 7 editions
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The Development

3.44 avg rating — 386 ratings — published 2008 — 8 editions
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“In art as in lovemaking, heartfelt ineptitude has its appeal and so does heartless skill, but what you want is passionate virtuosity.”
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“Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.”
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“Every artist joins a conversation that's been going on for generations, even millennia, before he or she joins the scene.”
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