Julian Patrick Barnes
Barnes, Julian Patrick, English author, 1946–, b. Leicester, grad. Magdalen College, Oxford (1968). During the 1970s and 80s he was a critic and editor for the New Statesman and New Review, a correspondent for The New Yorker, and a writer and editor for other periodicals. His first novel, Metroland, was published in 1980. Often exploring the elusive nature of love, memory, and truth, Barnes's works blend narrative innovation, sophisticated wordplay, and psychological realism with a subtle irony. His reputation was established with Flaubert's Parrot (1984); widely considered his finest novel, it is the tale, told through a collage of genres, of a physician's obsessive exploration of the details of Flaubert's life and work. Other novels include A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters (1989), Talking It Over (1991), England, England (1998), Arthur and George (2005), and The Sense of an Ending (2011), which won the Man Booker Prize. His short-story collections include Cross Channel (1996) and Pulse (2011), his essay collections Something to Declare (2002). As Dan Kavanagh, Barnes is the author of several detective novels.
See his memoir, Nothing to be Frightened Of (2008); V. Guignery and R. Roberts, ed., Conversations with Julian Barnes (2009); studies by M. Moseley (1997), B. Sesto (2001), M. Pateman (2002), V. Guignery (2006), F. M. Holmes (2008), P. Childs (2011), and S. Gross and P. Childs, ed. (2011).
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