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A Week in Literary History

May 27th, 2002

American experimental novelist John Barth (Giles Goat-Boy, 1966) is born in Cambridge, Md., 1930.

barth.jpgJohn Barth, b. May 27, 1930

Barth emerged in the late Fifties and early Sixties both as a rare novelist of ideas and as an experimental fictioneer, celebrating what he and others deemed the death of the traditional novel with exuberant forays into new types of fiction. The early works still reveal many attractions, not least among them an abiding sense of humor, and Giles Goat-Boy is the most inventive and amusing novel of academia ever written. In the later books, though, the novelty wears off, although Barth’s energy doesn’t.

Suggested Reading Novels The Floating Opera, 1956. The End of the Road, 1958. The Sot-Weed Factor, 1960. Giles Goat-Boy, 1966. Chimera, 1972. Letters, 1979. Novella Chimera, 1972. Short stories Lost in the Funhouse, 1968. On with the Story! 1996.

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