from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Barth, John Simmons Born 1930. American writer whose novels, including The Sot-Weed Factor (1960, revised 1967), often examine the relationship between language and reality.
  • Barth, Karl 1886-1968. Swiss Protestant theologian who advocated a return to the principles of the Reformation and the teachings of the Bible. His published works include Church Dogmatics (1932).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A place of shelter for cattle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A warm inclosed place of shelter for young cattle.

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  • n. United States novelist (born in 1930)
  • n. Swiss Protestant theologian (1886-1968)


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  • Colin Barth: But for some reason, Iranians are supposed to go through channels, and pretend they actually have peaceful recourse through the system.

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  • Where Barth and Coover laid bare the devices of fiction allegorically (J. Henry Waugh as "author" of his fictional baseball world) or through the occasional narrative disruption (the "author" making his presence known, as in Barth's "Life-Story"), Federman's fiction was more direct and unremitting in its undermining of narrative illusion.

    Experimental Fiction

  • We laughingly called it the "Guerilla Surrealism Circus" yesterday, and well, Barth is on a plane now so he can't stop me from throwing the title out there: Guerilla Surrealism Circus Featuring Barth Anderson and the Pips* it is.

    June 12th, 2008

  • Once Barth is done reading, a cavalcade of guest stars will take the stage for brief, glorious moments of literary insanity** and then, poof!, we'll all vanish to the nearest brew pub where we will laugh and laugh about this into the night.

    June 12th, 2008

  • The Hopkins program, once known for being led by the encyclopedic John Barth, is still identifiable as a place hospitable to metafiction and linguistic innovation (although the faculty also includes National Book Award winner Alice McDermott, who writes in a realist vein).

    Where Great Writers are Made

  • The 18-year-old Barth is 9-of-11 on field goals this year, but had missed a 39-yard attempt in the first quarter.

  • That was in Barth, in northern Germany, about 60 miles from Sweden.

    2nd Lt. Jack Kaplan, USAAF

  • Lt. Kaplan was moved to Stalag Luft I, in Barth, Germany, where 10,000 Allied airmen were held in three compounds, 22 officers in each barracks.

    My Kriegie Education 1942-1945

  • 16 September 1960 is the first reference in Merton's journals to his reading of Karl Barth, and during the early '60s Barth was so much of a conversation partner for Merton in his private journal writing, that Conjectures itself is, for a long time, referred to in the journals under the provisional title Barth's Dream (which is still the title of the first part of the published journal, Conjectures).

    Not Being Serious: Thomas Merton and Karl Barth

  • I guess I don’t remember Colin Barth coming on this website to comment upon the slaughter in Gaza or Lebanon.

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