When John Barthâs Lost in the Funhouse appeared in 1968, American fiction was turned on its head. Barthâs writing was not a response to the realistic fiction that characterized American literature at the time; it beckoned back to the founders of the novel: Cervantes, Rabelais, and Sterne, echoing their playfulness and reflecting the freedom inherent in the writing of fiction.
This collection of Barthâs short fiction is a landmark event, bringing all of his previous collections together in one volume for the first time. Its occasion helps readers assess a remarkable lifetimeâs work and represents an important chapter in the history of American literature. Dalkey Archive will reissue a number of Barthâs novels over the next few years, preserving his work for generations to come.
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