Once upon a Time by John Barth
A Floating Opera

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A master novelist, with characteristic verve and playful flourishes, presents his life, staged as a sort of operatic cruise through memory, desire, vocation, and that life's adventures, despairs, loves, marriages, selves, and counterselves. 35,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo. Tour.
 

About John Barth

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John Barth taught for many years in the writing program at Johns Hopkins University, and he lives in Chestertown, Maryland.
 
Published January 1, 1994 by Brown. 398 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In a reprise of old themes, haunts, and ideas, metafiction master Barth (The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor, 1991) returns to himself and his native Chesapeake Bay in this fictional memoir of a middle-aged writer embarked on an autumnal cruise.

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In the metaphysical zone he now enters, Barth encounters his estranged twin sister and his longtime friend and ``counterself'' Jerome Schreiber, who lead him on an extended literary version of ``This Is Your Life.'' Barth's engaging scheme allows him to ``revisit'' his other novels--a theme he ex...

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This latest novel finds the author and his wife lost at sea during a cruise on Chesapeake Bay, where Barth meets up with his fictional twin sister and a friend who take him through a journey of his past novels.

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