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Donald Barthelme


Donald Barthelme was born in Philadelphia in 1931. However, his family was from Texas and they moved back there (to Houston) when he was still very young, his father being a prominent architect and professor of architecture. Barthelme majored in journalism at the University of Houston. He was drafted into the army but served only a short time, as he was drafted the day of the cease-fire. He continued his studies (in philosophy) but took no further degrees. He was director of the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston for two years. He moved to New York in 1962, to edit a short-lived magazine. He taught at various universities in New York and Boston and produced several novels and many short stories. They are generally in a post-modern style, playing with language and attacking authority structures. His brother, Frederick and Steven, are also successful writers. He died in 1989.

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Donald Barthelme – Writer (Selections From Donald Barthelme’s 60 Stories)
Some Questions about Donald Barthelme
Donald Barthelme’s Syllabus
Donald Barthelme’s Reading List
The Beastly Beatitudes of Donald B.
A brief survey of the short story part 16: Donald Barthelme
Game (story by Barthelme)
Wrote a Letter…. (story by Barthelme)
Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby (story by Barthelme)


1964 Come Back, Dr. Caligari (stories)
1967 Snow White (novel)
1968 Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Acts (stories)
1970 City Life (stories)
1970 The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine or the Hithering Thithering Djinn (children)
1972 Sadness (stories)
1974 Guilty Pleasures (non-fiction)
1975 The Dead Father (novel)
1976 Amateurs (stories)
1977 Our Work and Why We Do It (story)
1978 Here in the Village (sketches)
1979 Great Days (stories)
1980 Presents (sketches)
1980 The Emerald (story)
1981 Sixty Stories (stories)
1983 Overnight to Many Distant Cities (stories)
1986 Paradise (novel)
1987 Forty Stories (stories)
1987 Sam’s Bar (novel)
1990 The King (novel)
1992 The Teachings of Don B.: Satires, Parodies, Fables, Illustrated Stories and Plays of Donald Barthelme
1997 Not-Knowing: The Essays and Interviews of Donald Barthelme
2007 Flying to America: 45 More Stories (stories)
2010 A Manual for Sons (reprint of article)
2011 Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby (stories)