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The Tidewater Tales

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"Tell me a story . . ." Katherine Shorter Sherritt Sagamore, 8 1/2 months pregnant, is a blue-blooded library scientist and founding mother of the American Society for the Preservation of Storytelling. Her husband Peter, 8 1/2 months nervous, is a blue-collar storyteller with a penchant for brevity. Sailing in the Chesapeake Bay, they tell each other tales to break the writer's block handed Peter by his Muse, to ease the weight of Katherine's pregnancy, to entertain, and to enlighten. Along with their stories, we learn of the Bay itself--past and present. The beloved Chesapeake, where young Peter once indulged his Huck Finn fantasy, is in danger of becoming what he dubs a moral cesspool; where nature is in a losing struggle with man; where the hallowed Deniston School for Girls is being pressured by the CIA to sell land to the Soviet embassy; and where the old Sagamore homestead might or might not be the newest espionage station on the shoreline. "'The Tidewater Tales' takes the form of a narrative encyclopedia, a pre-natal crash course in the politics, social life, literature, history, and mythology of late-twentieth century America...It sits...on the map of modern American fiction as a gigantic memorable construction."--Jonathan Raban, 'Times Literary Supplement' "What is so moving about 'The Tidewater Tales' is its frequent and frequently incidental richness as a love story--marital, filial, domestic--and also in its love of a place, of a country, even as place and country are scarred by depredation."--William Pritchard, 'New York Times Book Review'

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Hardback Editions

August 1988 : UK Hardback
Title: The Tidewater Tales
Author(s): John Barth
ISBN: 0-413-18770-5 / 978-0-413-18770-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
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June 1987 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Tidewater Tales, A Novel
Author(s): John Barth
ISBN: 0-399-13247-3 / 978-0-399-13247-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
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June 1987 : Hardback
Title: The Tidewater Tales
Author(s): Barth John
ISBN: 5550561042 / 978-5550561041
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
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Paperback Editions

June 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Tidewater Tales (American Literature)
Author(s): John Barth
ISBN: 1-56478-850-4 / 978-1-56478-850-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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February 1997 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Tidewater Tales (Maryland Paperback Bookshelf)
Author(s): John Barth
ISBN: 0-8018-5556-X / 978-0-8018-5556-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
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April 1988 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Tidewater Tales
Author(s): John Barth
ISBN: 0-449-90293-5 / 978-0-449-90293-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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April 1989 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Tidewater Tales
Author(s): John Barth
ISBN: 0-7493-9006-9 / 978-0-7493-9006-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Minerva
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