The main aim of this work is to provide a comprehensive guide to the major writings of John Barth - the author of "The Floating Opera", "The End of the Road", "Chimera", "The Tidewater Tales: A Novel" and other works. With roots in the 20-century existential tradition, Barth sees human beings stripped of their beliefs in universal values and systems of belief - in God, tradition, reason or literary formulations. He is concerned about the kinds of choices that fulfill human and artistic potential and those that lead to failure, and he is equally concerned about how those choices affect the environment. Art, to him, shapes an awareness not only of literature itself but of self, culture and history, so he tries to review these areas against the grain. Written over a 25-year period, his books express his radical re-thinking. The first two books are less experimental structurally than the later ones, but they all deal with the anxieties, exhausted forms and new possibilities of literature and life.