Cathy Day's Reviews > Further Fridays: Essays, Lectures, and Other Nonfiction, 1984 - 1994

Further Fridays by John Barth
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Feb 11, 2010

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Some classic essays in here on teaching creative writing: "Can it Be Taught?" and "It's a Short Story." The last essay, "The Novel in the Next Century," works with a great conceit: Barth delivers "State of the Novel" mock lectures at the University of Macerata, the oldest university in the world, one for 1490, 1590, 1690, 1790, 1890, and 1990. He speculates what he'll say in 2090.

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