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John Barth

A literary pioneer from Cambridge

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, January 23, 2018
1. John Barth Marker
Inscription.
Rooted in Cambridge

John Barth – called “one of the greatest novelists of our time” – was born in Cambridge on May 27, 1930 and grew up on Aurora Street. While living here, Barth frequented his father’s soda fountain, Whitey’s Candyland, on Race Street, and played drums in a jazz combo that included his twin sister, Jill, on piano. Barth attended East Cambridge Elementary School and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1947.

“It was my happy fate to be born and raised in the town where ‘the real Eastern Shore begins.’ For decades, Cambridge and its tidal waters have nourished my writing: Long may they ebb and flow!” – John Barth
 
Location. 38° 34.264′ N, 76° 4.546′ W. Marker is in Cambridge, Maryland, in Dorchester County. Marker is on Gay Street. Touch for map. This marker is in front of the Dorchester County Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 303 Gay Street, Cambridge MD 21613, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eastern Shore Infantry (a few steps from this marker); John F. Kennedy (within shouting distance of this marker); Finding Freedom (about 400 feet
John Barth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 23, 2018
2. John Barth Marker
away, measured in a direct line); Christ P. E. Church (about 500 feet away); This Bell (about 500 feet away); Goldsborough House (about 600 feet away); 1739 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cambridge House B&B (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cambridge.
 
Also see . . .  John Barth - Wikipedia. (Submitted on February 2, 2018, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
John Barth image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 23, 2018
3. John Barth
Close-up of David Crowell photo on marker
John Barth's Boyhood Home<br>About Seven blocks from here. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 23, 2018
4. John Barth's Boyhood Home
About Seven blocks from here.
Close-up of photo on marker
John Barth and his twin sister, Jill image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 23, 2018
5. John Barth and his twin sister, Jill
Close-up of photo on marker
A Source of Inspiration image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 23, 2018
6. A Source of Inspiration
Seeing the Adams Floating Theatre docked at Long Wharf inspired Barth to write his first novel, The Floating Opera. Set in Cambridge, it was nominated for the National Book Award in 1956.
Close-up of A. Aubrey Bodine photo on marker
Walking in Barth's Footsteps image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 23, 2018
7. Walking in Barth's Footsteps
① Boyhood Home at 107 Aurora Street [private residence]

② Choptank River waterfront, where Barth and friends played as children

③ Former Site of East Cambridge Elementary School

④ Former site of Arcade Theatre at 502-504 Race Street where Barth's Jazz combo, the Swingtette, performed

⑤ Former site of Whitey's Candyland, owned by Barth's father, at 405 Race Street

⑥ 101 High Street [private residence], where Barth wrote The Floating Opera; he rented an apartment overlooking Water Street

⑦ Long Wharf, where Adams Floating Theatre docked
Close-up of map on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 28, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 82 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 28, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7. submitted on February 2, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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