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Donald Barthelme - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Donald Barthelme

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Donald Barthelme, author of Sixty Stories and The Dead Father; twentieth century American Literature
Donald Barthelme
(1931 - 1989)

 
Category:  American Literature
 
Born:  April 7, 1931
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
 
Died:  July 23, 1989
Houston, Texas, United States
 
Related authors:
Georges Perec
 
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Donald Barthelme - LIFE STORIES
 
 
4/7/1931     Donald Barthelme and Miss Mandible
On this day in 1931 Donald Barthelme was born in Philadelphia. Although Barthelme's eminence in postmodern fiction is beyond dispute, few are brave enough to attempt explaining his accomplishment and appeal; perhaps best to stick to Barthelme's own wild understatement that he is attracted to writing stories which "at once invite and resist interpretation."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Not-Knowing: The Essays and Interviews of Donald Bartheleme
by Donald Barthelme, Kim Herzinger (Editor)
essays, interviews
 
Sixty Stories
fiction, anthology
 
The Dead Father
fiction
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Donald Barthelme: Postmodernist American Writer
by Michael Thomas Hudgens
literary criticism
 
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DMOZ Open Directory Project
Find the electronic texts to short stories including:

  • "Game"

  • "I Wrote a Letter"

  • "On Angels"

  • "Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby"
  • Donald Barthelme's Barthelmismo
    "Donald Barthelme is the father of postmodern fiction and funny as all hell. This is everything I could find written by him on the web, some select extra commentary, and some stories I scanned myself." Offers a biography, bibliography, obituary, photographs, reviews, literary criticism and analysis, and electronic texts ("Me and Miss Mandible," "The Piano Player," "On Angels," "The Game," "The School," "The Dolt," "The Death of Edward Lear," and many others).
    Teacher's Guide to Barthelme
    Offers brief analysis on themes, perspective, form, style, artistic conventions, and suggestions for comparisons, contrasts, and connections to other writers.

    "People's inability to learn to live in their culture, and the omnipresent romantic attitudes that society continues to inscribe, whatever the subject being considered, are the main subjects of Barthelme's fiction. At base is the belief that people will endure, will eventually figure it out. Barthelme's fiction is, finally, positive--even optimistic--but first readings may not give that impression."
    The Scriptorium
    Read a biographical article which explores the author's life, influences, and enduring legacy. Also offers analysis and criticism on theme, style, and philosophical subtext.

    "At a time when the catch-all label of postmodernism can seemingly be slapped onto anything written since Joyce, serious students of literature would do well to trace the flow of postmodern literature -- a stream often muddied by an unlicensed, 'anything goes' aesthetic -- back to its source. Not far from this spring, out of which only pure, intellectually respectable waters issue, one will find Donald Barthelme, a man who, when the dust of critical obfuscation settles, will surely be remembered as one of the few truly important players in postmodernism's controversial history...."
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