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A landmark of postmodern American fiction, Letters is (as the subtitle genially informs us) "an old time epistolary novel by seven fictitious drolls & dreamers each of which imagines himself factual". Seven characters (including the Author himself) exchange a novel's worth of letters during a 7-month period in 1969, a time of revolution that recalls the U.S.'s first revolution in the 18th century - the heyday of the epistolary novel. Recapitulating American history as well as the plots of his first six novels, Barth's seventh novel is a witty and profound exploration of the nature of revolution and renewal, rebellion and reenactment, at both the private and public levels. It is also an ingenious meditation on the genre of the novel itself, recycling an older form to explore new directions, new possibilities for the novel.

 
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Hardback Editions

October 1979 : USA Hardback
Title: Letters
Author(s): John Barth
ISBN: 0-399-12425-X / 978-0-399-12425-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
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May 1980 : UK Hardback
Title: Letters
Author(s): John Barth
ISBN: 0-436-03674-6 / 978-0-436-03674-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd
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Paperback Editions

October 1994 : USA Paperback
Title: Letters
Author(s): Professor John Barth, Barth John
ISBN: 1-56478-061-9 / 978-1-56478-061-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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August 1982 : USA Paperback
Title: Letters
Author(s): John Barth
ISBN: 0-449-90090-8 / 978-0-449-90090-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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March 1982 : USA Paperback
Title: Letters
Author(s): John Barth
ISBN: 0-449-90070-3 / 978-0-449-90070-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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November 1981 : UK Paperback
Title: Letters (A Panther book)
Author(s): John Barth
ISBN: 0-586-05279-8 / 978-0-586-05279-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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