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John Barth

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John Simmons Barth (; born May 27, 1930) is an American writer who is best known for his postmodern and metafictional fiction. His most highly regarded and influential works were published in the 1960s, and include The Sot-Weed Factor, a satirical retelling of Maryland's colonial history, and Lost in the Funhouse, a self-referential and experimental collection of short stories. Though Barth's work has been controversial among critics and readers, he was co-recipient of the National Book Award in 1973 for his novel Chimera with John Williams for Augustus. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Barth has received more than 476,873 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). John Barth is the 2,467th most popular writer (down from 2,189th in 2019), the 3,174th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,754th in 2019) and the 285th most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, John Barth ranks 2,467 out of 5,755Before him are Han Suyin, Terry Eagleton, Barbara von Krüdener, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Ada Negri, and Uri Orlev. After him are Augustus, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, Savitri Devi, Neil Simon, Roberto Calasso, M. Karunanidhi, and Chittaranjan Das.

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Among people born in 1930, John Barth ranks 190Before him are Jordi Pujol, Claude Bolling, Frunzik Mkrtchyan, Néstor Almendros, Liliana Segre, and Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo. After him are Pyotr Bolotnikov, Richie Ginther, Gholamreza Takhti, José Águas, FM-2030, and Uladzimir Karatkievich.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Barth ranks 3,174 out of 18,182Before him are Marty Friedman (1962), Julian Rotter (1916), Jackie Cooper (1922), Frank Beard (1949), Raymond Smullyan (1919), and Howard S. Becker (1928). After him are DMX (1970), Abe Vigoda (1921), Elbridge Gerry (1744), Albert Ghiorso (1915), GG Allin (1956), and Gordon Mitchell (1923).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, John Barth ranks 285Before him are Winston Groom (1943), Charles Berlitz (1913), Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (1809), Henry Darger (1892), Paul Goodman (1911), and Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860). After him are Neil Simon (1927), Jim Thompson (1906), Howard Fast (1914), Richard Wright (1908), John Zerzan (1943), and William Peter Blatty (1928).