Julian Barnes © Emma Hardy

Photo © Emma Hardy for the New Statesman

The following resources provide a comprehensive bibliography, including links to study guides, books, reviews, and scholarly criticism about the works of Julian Barnes.


Books - Complete listing of books written by Julian Barnes.

Short Stories - A selected listing of short stories written by Julian Barnes.

Essays - A selected listing of essays written by Julian Barnes.

Interviews - Conversations, including audio and video interviews with Julian Barnes.

Translations by Language - A listing, by language, of translated books by Julian Barnes.


Books About Julian Barnes - An extensive list of books that discuss Julian Barnes's works, either in part or as a whole.

Reviews & Scholarly Criticism - A selected listing of essays and criticism written about Julian Barnes.

Dissertations & Theses - A selected listing of dissertations related to the works of Julian Barnes.


Julian Barnes: Papers, 1971-2000 - Housed at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, the Julian Barnes Archive spans the author's career from his first published fiction "A Self-Possessed Woman" (1975) to Love, etc. published in 2000. Additional papers will find their way to the archive in due course.

Julian Barnes: Addition to his papers, 1960-2006 (bulk 1996-2006) - This addition to the original acquisition of Julian Barnes Papers contains material related to his literary activity since 2002, as well as older journalistic writings and correspondence primarily from the 1990s. Contents include his 2006 novel Arthur & George, three works of collected essays and short stories, articles, book reviews, other writings, and career-related material. This accretion is divided into two series: I. Works, 1996-2006; and II. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1960-2006.

Vanessa Guignery at HRC

Scholarship - Scholars will be interested to learn that the Harry Ransom Center sponsors fellowships to conduct research in their collections, including the Julian Barnes Archive. Recent fellowships have been awarded to Ryan Roberts (2003-2004) and Vanessa Guignery (2005-2006; 2007-2008), pictured left with Barnes's unpublished manuscript for A Literary History of Oxford).

Harry Ransom Center
The University of Texas at Austin

Barnes on Critics

You do often feel when you read academic criticism, not that I do it or when you hear academics talking about their books, that they forget theirs is a secondary activity. They forget that however important a critic is, a first-rate critic is always less important, and less interesting, than a second-rate writer. Their job is, firstly, to explain, but secondly to celebrate rather than diminish.

Bomb Magazine 21
p.21-23, Fall 1987