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60 Stories (Penguin Classics LiteratureSeries)
Donald Barthelme
0142437395
September 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
This excellent collection of Donald Barthelme's literary output during the 1960s and 1970s covers the period when the writer came to prominence--producing the stories, satires, parodies, and other formal experiments that altered fiction as we know it--and wrote many of the most beautiful sentences in the English language. Due to the unfortunate discontinuance of many of Barthelme's titles, 60 Stories now stands as one of the broadest overviews of his work, containing selections from eight previously published books, as well as a number of other short works that had been otherwise uncollected. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
With these audacious and murderously witty stories, Donald Barthelme threw the preoccupations of our time into...


Donald Barthelme: The Genesis of a Cool Sound
Helen Moore Moore Barthelme
1585441198
May 2001
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Barthelme, a senior lecturer of English at Texas A&M University, was married to Donald Barthelme for a decade in the 1950s and '60s; here she ably recounts Donald's emergence as an important experimental American author who produced over 100 works of short fiction and several novels. This engaging, unpretentious recollection of "Don," who died in 1989 of cancer at age 58, covers events from his childhood in Houston as the son of a famous architect father, to his development into an "exciting," if often "puzzling," thinker and writer. The reader learns of Donald's various employments, from journalism (the Houston Post) to public relations. With the 1964 publication of Come Back, Dr. Caligari, a collection of short stories, he became recognized for "innovative work [that] challenged the accepted forms of fiction."...


Donald Barthelme: An Exhibition
Jerome Klinkowitz
0822311526
August 1991
Hardcover
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The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop.
Robert Coover
0452260302
May 1971
Paperback
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Snow White
Donald Barthelme
0684824795
May 1996
Paperback
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Forty Stories
Donald Barthelme
0142437816
February 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
Like the title says, here are 40 short works culled from across Barthelme's career. Along with the similarly titled 60 Stories, this book provides one of the best samplings currently in print of Barthelme's unrivaled humor, his melancholy, the poetry of his line, and his considerable intellect. It includes pieces such as the famous "Sentence," (a single, several-page-long, unfinished sentence), "The Flight of Pigeons From the Palace," one of the writer's illustrated stories, and "Overnight To Many Distant Cities." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly
This collection of pithy, brilliantly acerbic pieces is a companion to Sixty Stories, Barthelme's earlier retrospective volume. Barthelme...


Paradise
Donald Barthelme
1564784037
Dec 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
What is paradise? Not Adam's who had only one Eve, but Simon's who has three. Simon, a 53-year-old architect "with a tragic sense of brick," gives himself a year's sabbatical from his firm in Philadelphia and his ruinous marriage, takes an apartment in New York and by one of those everyday coincidences that makes urban life so zingy is moved in on by not one, not two, but three beautiful fashion models so impossibly young they don't know the name Benny Goodman or the century of World War II. They do know all manner of games to add interest to rainy mornings, however. A "male fantasy" is what the implausibly articulate and well-read ladies call the arrangement, and they tell Simon he's living in "hog heaven." The slight novel, which includes random meditations on a variety of matters, unfolds mainly in dialogue...


Victims: Textual Strategies in Recent American Fiction
Paul Bruss
0838750060
November 1981
Hardcover
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In between the Sheets
Ian McEwan
0679749837
October 1994
Paperback
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Review
"McEwan proves himeslf to be an acute psychologist of the ordinary mind." --The New York Times Book Review

"A writer in full control of his materials... In [his] short stories, the effect acheived by McEwan's quiet, precise and sensual touch is that of magic realism--a transfiguration of the ordinary that has a ...strong visceral impact." --Robert Towers,
The New York Review of Books

Book Description
Call them transcripts of dreams or deadly accurate maps of the tremor zones of the psyche, the seven stories in this collection engage and implicate us in the most fearful ways imaginable. A two-timing pornographer becomes an unwilling object in the fantasies of one of his victims. A jaded millionaire buys himself the perfect mistress...


40 Stories
Donald Barthelme
0140112456
March 1989
Paperback
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Book Review
Like the title says, here are 40 short works culled from across Barthelme's career. Along with the similarly titled 60 Stories, this book provides one of the best samplings currently in print of Barthelme's unrivaled humor, his melancholy, the poetry of his line, and his considerable intellect. It includes pieces such as the famous "Sentence," (a single, several-page-long, unfinished sentence), "The Flight of Pigeons From the Palace," one of the writer's illustrated stories, and "Overnight To Many Distant Cities."

From Publishers Weekly
This collection of pithy, brilliantly acerbic pieces is a companion to Sixty Stories, Barthelme's earlier retrospective volume. Barthelme spotlights the idiosyncratic, haughty, sometimes downright ludicrous...


The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine
Donald Barthelme
1585678287
Nov 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
From the brilliant mind of Donald Barthelme, the National Book Award-winning tale for children of all ages. One morning in 1887, Mathilda went out into the back yard and discovered that a mysterious Chinese house had planted itself there overnight. She had wanted a fire engine, but the mysterious Chinese house was intriguing too. From inside came strange sounds: growls, howls, whispering, trumpeting. Plucky Mathilda walks right in. She finds all sorts of peculiar things: a sulky captured pirate, a giant popcorn-popping machine, an elephant that falls downhill once a day—truly "every kind of flawless flourishy footlooseness." Mathilda gets to see everything in every room, guided by the hithering thithering djinn, who even arranges to leave her a souvenir that is just about exactly what she wanted. Renowned...


Dead Father
Donald Barthelme
0374529256
September 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The Dead Father is a gargantuan half-dead, half-alive, part mechanical, wise, vain, powerful being who still has hopes for himself--even while he is being dragged by means of a cable toward a mysterious goal. In this extraordinary novel, marked by the imaginative use of language that influenced a generation of fiction writers, Donald Barthelme offered a glimpse into his fictional universe. As Donald Antrim writes in his introduction, "Reading The Dead Father, one has the sense that its author enjoys an almost complete artistic freedom . . . a permission to reshape, misrepresent, or even ignore the world as we find it . . . Laughing along with its author, we escape anxiety and feel alive."


King
Donald Barthelme
1564784134
February 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Clever anachronisms and mock-Arthurian diction mark this madcap, absurdist 20th-century parable, in which Barthelme transposes King Arthur and his Round Table to 1940s England under Nazi bombardment. Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal
The King is Arthur himself, even though Barthelme's brief novel is set during World War II. As "real" battles rage far offstage, the Knights of the Round Table are busy "rushing and riding, foining and striking." Meanwhile, Lord Haw-Haw keeps the populace abreast of Guinevere's infidelities in his broadcasts from Berlin. Sad to say, the late Barthelme doesn't do much with Arthur. The irony is tired, the whimsy facile, the language...

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