John Barth is a leading contemporary American writer, whose fiction and essays have helped define literary postmodernism. The author of ten novels, four volumes of short stories, and two books of non-fiction, he has flourished as an eminent exponent of experimental narrative, respected teacher of creative writing, spirited performer on the lecture circuit, and thoughtful observer of the world literary scene.

Born in 1930 in Cambridge, Dorchester County, Maryland, as one of fraternal twins teasingly named Jack and Jill, Barth often uses the motif of doubling and his native Chesapeake Bay area in his writing. He studied briefly at the Juilliard School of Music and earned his B.A. and M.A. in creative writing at Johns Hopkins …

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Foeller-Pituch, Elzbieta. "John Barth". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 November 2004
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  1. Postmodernist American Fiction
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