The Best American Essays: 1989 (Ticknor & Fields, 1989)

Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “Playing Chess with Arthur Koestler.” The Best American Essays: 1989. Edited by Geoffrey Wolff. New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1989. Pp. 298. 21.5 x 14.3 cm. ISBN: 0899198910.

Barnes’s essay appears on pp. [1]-14. This example has a large stain on the jacket.

The Writing Life | Uncorrected Proof (Public Affairs, 2003)

Notes on this edition: The Writing Life: Writers on How They Think and Work. Edited by Marie Arana. New York: Public Affairs, 2003. Pp. 404 + [6]. 20.8 x 13.9 cm.

Uncorrected proof in paper covers. Julian Barnes’s entry is titled “Literary Executions” appears on pp. 382-386. Barnes’s biographical profile appears on pp. [380]-382.

“A Collection from The Washington Post Book World”.

Par la fenêtre | Through the Window (Mercure de France/Folio, 2016; French)

Notes on this edition: Par la fenêtre: dix-huit chroniques (et une nouvelle) | Through the Window. Paris: Mercure de France/Folio, 2016. Pp. 384 + [16]. 17.8 x 10.8 cm. Translated by Jean-Pierre Aoustin. ISBN: 9782070468829. (French).

The Bedside Guardian, 2016 (Guardian Books, 2016)

Notes on this edition: The Bedside Guardian, 2016. Edited by Claire Armitstead. London: Guardian Books, 2016. Pp. 302. 20.3 x 13.3 cm. ISBN: 9781783561247.

Julian Barnes’s essay “So we’re all Foxes now? I’ve been one for 65 years” about the Leicester City Football Club was published on pp. 177-181. Barnes’s essay was originally published in The Guardian on 6 May 2016.


Par la fenêtre | Through the Window (Mercure de France, 2015; French)

Notes on this edition: Par la fenêtre: dix-huit chroniques (et une nouvelle) | Through the Window. Paris: Mercure de France, 2015. Pp. 315 + [5]. 20.5 x 14 cm. Translated by Jean-Pierre Aoustin. ISBN: 9782715234567. (French).

Differs from the English edition by the inclusion of “A Life with Books” (Jonathan Cape, 2012).

In ogenschouw: Essays over kunst | Keeping an Eye Open (Uitgeverij Atlas Contact, 2015)

Notes on this edition: In ogenschouw: Essays over kunst | Keeping an Eye Open. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Atlas Contact, 2015. Pp. 319 + [1]. 21.5 x 14.5 cm. Translated by Jan Braks and Jelle Noorman. ISBN: 9789045028958. (Dutch).

“The Case of Inspector Campbell’s Red Hair” in NW15: The Anthology of New Writing (Granta Books, 2007)

Notes on this edition: NW15: The Anthology of New Writing. Edited by Bernadine Evaristo and Maggie Gee. London: Granta Books, 2007. Pp. 316. ISBN: 9781862079328.

Julian Barnes contributes an essay titled “The Case of Inspector Campbell’s Red Hair” to this collection of new writing (pp. 289-299).

In the Land of Pain (Vintage, 2018)

Notes on this edition: Alphonse Daudet. In the Land of Pain. London: Vintage, 2018. Pp. 87 + [7]. 20 cm. ISBN: 9781784873455.

Edited and translated by Julian Barnes. Includes an introduction by Barnes (p. v-xv) and “A Note on Syphilis” (p. 82-87).

Treasure Palaces: Great Writers Visit Great Museums (Economist Books, 2017)

Notes on this edition: 

Barnes, Julian. “Where Sibelius Fell Silent.” Treasure Palaces: Great Writers Visit Great Museums. Edited by Maggie Fergusson. London: Economist Books, 2017. Pp. 145-151. ISBN: 9781781256916.

This is the paperback edition published the year after the hardback edition. Julian Barnes’s essay on visiting Sibelius’s home was originally published in More Intelligent Life (January/February 2012). The essay now resides on the 1843 Magazine website, which is published by The Economist. The book featured contains Barnes’s essay along with essays by Roddy Doyle, Margaret Drabble, Don Paterson, Ali Smith, Ann Patchett, Alan Hollinghurst, Andrew Motion, William Boyd, and numerous others.

“Justin: A Small Major Character” in The Process of Art (Clarendon Press, 1998)

Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes. “Justin: A Small Major Character.” The Process of Art: Essays on Nineteenth-Century French Literature, Music, and Painting in Honour of Alan Raitt. Edited by Michael Freeman, Elizabeth Fallaize, Jill Forbes, Toby Garfitt, and Roger Pearson, with Janis Spurlock. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998. Pp. 214. 23 cm. ISBN: 9780198159537.

Julian Barnes’s essay “Justin: A Small Major Character” appears on pages 1-10. Additional contributors include:

Introduction: Roger Pearson
Alan Raitt: Mike Freeman
Professor A.W. Raitt: Curriculum Vitae
A Bibliography of the Published Writings of Alan Raitt: Janis Spurlock
Une amitie sans nuages: Jean Derens
Justin: A Small Major Character: Julian Barnes
In the Mind’s Eye: The Meanings of Liberty Guiding the People: David Bellos
Lautreamont’s Literary Life: Peter Dayan
Balzac and the Symbolist Cathedral: Tim Farrant and Juliet Simpson
De grands inachevements: Les Paysans, Les Petits Bourgeois, Le Depute d’Arcis: Andre Lorant
‘Shakespeare ou Maeterlinck’: Mallarme Reading Theatre: Patrick McGuinness
Huysmans emule de Flaubert: Tentation de la reecriture, reecriture de La Tentation (A rebours, La Tentation de saint Antoine, et Herodias): Bertrand Marchal
Au-dela du sacrifice: Les contes de L’Amour supreme de Villiers de l’Isle-Adam: Alain Nery
Quelques reflexions sur ‘Le Tueur de cygnes’: Jacques Noiray