The Jonathan Bayliss Society was formed to promote, perpetuate, and enhance the study and appreciation of the literary work of the American writer Jonathan Bayliss (1926-2009) and to encourage scholarship relating to his life, philosophy, and historical and literary context.
Bayliss's monumental fiction tetralogy GLOUCESTERMAN comprises Prologos, Gloucesterbook, Gloucestertide, and Gloucestermas. Two plays, The Tower of Gilgamesh and The Acts of Gilgamesh, first made their appearance as parts of Gloucestertide and Gloucestermas and were subsequently published in a separate volume, Gilgamesh Plays.
See Writings for more about the work of this remarkable 20th-century novelist and playwright whose writing has been compared to that of Laurence Sterne, Herman Melville, James Joyce, Robert Musil, and Hermann Broch. See Biography for a brief account of Bayliss's life, including his upbringing during the Great Depression and his career as a writer who earned a living as a business and municipal executive.
The Society sponsors readings, encourages scholarly research, publishes special materials for its members, and organizes seminars and workshops about Bayliss, his philosophy, and his works. We invite you to attend an event and consider becoming a member or making a donation.