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Letters A Novel (Paperback)

Author:  John Barth
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1564780619
ISBN-13: 9781564780614
Sku: 30289007
Publish Date: 9/1/1994
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6.25L x 1.5T
Pages:  772
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A landmark of postmodern American fiction, Letters is (as the subtitle genially informs us) "an old time epistolary novel by seven fictitious drolls & dreamers each of which imagines himself factual". Seven characters (including the Author himself) exchange a novel's worth of letters during a 7-month period in 1969, a time of revolution that recalls the U.S.'s first revolution in the 18th century - the heyday of the epistolary novel. Recapitulating American history as well as the plots of his first six novels, Barth's seventh novel is a witty and profound exploration of the nature of revolution and renewal, rebellion and reenactment, at both the private and public levels. It is also an ingenious meditation on the genre of the novel itself, recycling an older form to explore new directions, new possibilities for the novel.
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A landmark of postmodern American fiction, "LETTERS" is (as the subtitle genially informs us) "an old time epistolary novel by seven fictitious drolls & dreamers, each of which imagines himself factual." These seven (including the Author himself) exchange a novel's worth of letters during a 7-month period in 1969, a time of revolution that recalls the U.S.'s first revolution in the 18th century--the heyday of the epistolary novel. Recapitulating American history as well as the plots of his first six novels, Barth's seventh novel is a witty and ingenious exploration of the nature of revolutions and renewal, rebellion and reenactment, at both the personal and public levels. It is also a meditation on the genre of the novel itself, recycling an older form to explore new directions, new possibilities for the novel.A landmark of postmodern American fiction, Letters is (as the subtitle genially informs us) "an old time epistolary novel by seven fictitious drolls & dreamers each of which imagines himself factual". Seven characters (including the Author himself) exchange a novel's worth of letters during a 7-month period in 1969, a time of revolution that recalls the U.S.'s first revolution in the 18th century - the heyday of the epistolary novel. Recapitulating American history as well as the plots of his first six novels, Barth's seventh novel is a witty and profound exploration of the nature of revolution and renewal, rebellion and reenactment, at both the private and public levels. It is also an ingenious meditation on the genre of the novel itself, recycling an older form to explore new directions, new possibilities for the novel.
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This epistolary--and very experimental--novel is set on a campus plagued by the student unrest that characterized the late 1960s and early 1970s. Told in the form of letters to and from various people on campus--many of them characters from Barth's other novels--it includes dozens of plots and subplots in its 700 pages, and tackles such subjects as sex, drugs, communal living, avant-garde cinema, and American history, in particular the War of 1812.
Author Bio
John Barth
Born in Maryland, Barth has set much of his fiction on the Eastern shore. His volume of short fiction, CHIMERA, which combines classic tales with modern psychological insight, won the National Book Award in 1972. Later in life, he taught at John Hopkins University.

Praise

Atlantic Monthly
"Barth is preaching, wittily but with total conviction, on the limits of our kind, on the sanity of doubting that we know where, in our lives, fiction stops." - Benjamin Demott November 1979

Books & Bookmen
"The book is really about mid-life crisis, the mid-life crisis of literature itself, of Western (particularly American) civilization, and of John Barth, middle-aged novelist." - Frank D. McConnell 10/26/1979

Detroit News
"What is so refreshing about this new novel is the way Barth has made it his own true form, as if he had invented the epistolary novel and then taken it to the furthest reaches of his mind....LETTERS is a great, wonderful novel." - Charles R Larson 09/30/1979

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0772
Product attributePublisher:   Dalkey Archive Press
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