Sot-Weed Factor

Sot-Weed Factor

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by John Barth
     
 

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This is Barth's most distinguished masterpiece. This modern classic is a hilarious tribute to all the most insidious human vices, with a hero who is "one of the most diverting...to roam the world since Candide" (Time ).

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This is Barth's most distinguished masterpiece. This modern classic is a hilarious tribute to all the most insidious human vices, with a hero who is "one of the most diverting...to roam the world since Candide" (Time ).

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"Barth's language is impossibly rich, a wickedly funny take on old English rhetoric and American self-appraisals. For good measure he throws in stories within stories, including the funniest retelling of the Pocahontas tale . . . that anyone has ever dared to tell."

TIME Best 100 Novels

"Here [is] a masterly act of authorial ventriloquism, a vivid recreation of the cadences and vocabulary, the mind-set and mores (or lack thereof) of English colonists in America’s mid-Atlantic region in the late 1600’s . . . Ebenezer describes himself as 'a morsel for the wide world’s lions.' What a gorgeous set-up for a satire."

The Millions

"John Barth's The Sot-Weed Factor is a brilliantly specialized performance . . . A bare-knuckled satire of humanity at large."

The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781903809501
Publisher:
Atlantic Books
Publication date:
03/04/2002

Meet the Author

John Barth is our most celebrated postmodernist. From the appearance in 1956 of The Floating Opera, his first published book, through the essay collection Final Fridays, released in 2012, he has published at least two books in each of the seven decades spanning his writerly life thus far. Thrice nominated for the National Book Award—The Floating Opera, Lost in the Funhouse, and Chimera, which won in 1973—Barth has received the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. A native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, he taught for twenty-two years in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. He now lives in Florida with his wife Shelly.

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John Barth loves the language. A breath of real storytelling.
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