Once Upon a Time: A Floating Opera

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Once Upon a Time: A Floating Opera
First edition
Author John Barth
Country U.S.
Language English
Publisher Little, Brown & Company
Publication date
Pages 398
ISBN 0-316-08262-7
Preceded by The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor
Followed by On with the Story

Once Upon a Time: A Floating Opera is a novel by American writer John Barth, published in 1994. A character name John Barth and his female companion set sail on Chesapeake Bay on the 500th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of America, but are unexpectedly caught in a tropical storm. While trying to find his way of out the Maryland marshes, Barth comes across a "metaphysical zone" in which he encounters scenes and characters from his previous novels. The title references Barth's first novel, The Floating Opera (1956).[1]


  1. ^ Lesher 2000, p. 67–68.

Works cited[edit]

  • Lesher, Linda Parent (2000). The Best Novels of the Nineties: A Reader's Guide. McFarland. ISBN 9780786407422.