JOHN BARTH is the author of The Floating Opera; The End of the Road; The Sot-Weed Factor; Giles Goat-Boy; Letters; Sabbatical: A Romance; Lost in the Fun House, a series of short fictions; The Friday Book: Essays and Other Nonfiction; and Chimera, a volume of novellas that won the National Book Award for fiction in 1973. He was elected in 1974 to both the National Book Award for fiction in 1973. He was elected in 1974 to both the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is currently the Alumni Centennial Professor of English and Creative Writings at Johns Hopkins University. His latest book is The Tidewater Tales: A Novel.
- From The Best American Essays 1987, p. 315.
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