Notes on this edition: Julian Barnes (Contributor). The Dictionary of Biographical Quotation of British and American Subjects. Edited by Richard Kenin and Justin Wintle. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1978. Pp. 860 + . 25.3 x 19.4 cm. ISBN: 039450027x.
While specific entries are not identified as being researched by Julian Barnes, he is listed as one of the contributors to this volume. The work for this volume was done in the years before the publication of Barnes’s first novel (Metroland, 1980). Other contributors include John Baxter and Jonathan Keates amongst others.
According to Julian Barnes, researchers were paid 50p for each quotation that made it into the final publication. Barnes can’t remember at this distance the exact entries he contributed, but based on the payments he received the number was substantial (in the hundreds).