John Simmons Barth short biography

Short biography

John Simmons Barth brief biography

John Simmons Barth – American writer, postmodernist, one of the founders of “black humor of the school”.

Born on May 27, 1930 in Cambridge. After leaving school he studied at the prestigious Juilliard School, then moved to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where the future writer studied English.

After graduation, John Barth studied at the University of Pennsylvania (1953-1965), Buffalo (1965-1973), Boston (1972-1973), Baltimore (Johns Hopkins University, 1973-1995).

After receiving in 1951 a university degree he stayed in his alta mater in the magistracy, where a year later Barth presented his first, has not yet published the novel “Heaton Ness” and received a desired master’s degree. Then, before completing his doctoral, he was forced, due to the birth of another child, to get a job at the English Department of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1955, Barth wrote the first “couple” novels: “Floating Opera” and “End of the Road”.

The writer has become famous after the book “Merchant dope”, which in 1960 according to the opinion of  critics included  him to the largest American writers of the twentieth century. In 1965, when “Giles Goat” was published, John Barth was named the number one among American writers. For the next his book trilogy “Chimera” (1972), the writer was awarded the prestigious at that time in America, the National Book Award. His books – “Letter”, “Tidal Tales” collections “Friday Book” and “Lost in fun house” later became classical postmodern literature.

The most famous novel of the writer – “Giles Goat-Boy, or a new revised timetable” (1966). Fantastic motifs are found in the stories of Bart from the collection “Lost in a fun house; prose for printing, recording on tape, pronouncing aloud »[Lost in the Funhouse: Fiction for Print, Tape, Live Voice] (1968) and” Chimera “(1972).

John Simmons Barth Bibliography

John Simmons Barth novels

The Floating Opera (1956)
The End of the Road (1958)
The Sot-Weed Factor (1960)
Giles Goat-Boy (1966)
Chimera (1972 rus. Translated 2000)
Letters (1979)
Sabbatical: A Romance (1982)
Tidewater Tales (1987)
The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor (1991)
Once upon a Time (1994)
Coming Soon! (2001)
Where Three Roads Meet (three short stories) (2005)
Every Third Thought (2011)

John Simmons Barth stories

Lost in the Funhouse (1968)
On with the Story (1996)
The Book of Ten Nights and a Night (2004)

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