John Simmons Barth (//; born May 27, 1930) is an American writer. He is best known for his postmodernist and metafictional fiction. He won the National Book Award in 1973. Barth was born in Cambridge, Maryland. In 1974, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
His first two books were The Floating Opera and The End of the Road. His best known works include: The Sot-Weed Factor, Giles Goat-Boy, Lost in the Funhouse, Chimera, LETTERS and Once Upon a Time: A Floating Opera.