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Further Fridays: Essays, Lectures, and Other Nonfiction, 1984 - 1994 Paperback – May 1, 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316086916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316086912
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,615,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Novelist Barth, who on Fridays retreats from his fiction to indulge in essays, here presents a second miscellany of his nonfiction.
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From Booklist

Barth, author of several novels as well as the essays in The Friday Book, draws on his several years of writing and teaching experience to provide readers with flashes of insight into the writing of fiction. The witty, intelligent essays answer such questions about creative writing as, Can it be taught? Can it be learned? and Should it be taught? with clever, anecdotal insider wisdom. Often referring to his own teaching, writing, and traveling, Barth also ruminates on the writing process, the history of writing, authors, and other aspects of the trade. Barth's wealth of experience, ready wit, and skillful writing make this important work interesting and enjoyable. Kathleen Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 1997
Format: Paperback
Think post-modernism is something for stuffy literature professors? Think again. Among the more than twenty essays that John Barth tackles, none is more enlightening than his exhoneration of the most maligned literary term of the decade. Barth addresses his essay to a well-read audience and convinces us that regular-guy readers can enjoy post-modern literature as surely as Persians enjoy "The Arabian Nights." He takes the postition that the label of post-modernism is just that, a label, and that it's practitioners (himself among the vanguard) are members of a generation that can no longer pressume their audiences are naive--twentieth century readers know archetypes and plot devices when they see them. Barth does not, however, try to convince the reader to embrace post-modernism; rather, he simply explains it as he understands it.
With a similarly laid-back, take-me-as-I-am tone, Barth tells of how he met his wife, how he learned to write, what he thinks imagination is, and what the virtues and vices of short stories are, among numerous other topics. Also included in this, his second volume of "Friday" essays (named for the day of the week in which he takes a sabatical from teaching), are the prefaces to four of his most popular works.
This is an enjoyable intellectual feast for anyone interested in the writer's art--even if you didn't major in English.
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