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Donald Barthelme (April 7, 1931 — July 23, 1989) was an American author known for his playful, postmodernist style of short fiction.

Barthelme also worked as a newspaper reporter for the Houston Post, managing editor of Location magazine, director of the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston (1961—1962), co-founder of Fiction (with Mark Mirsky and the assistance of Max and Marianne Frisch), and a professor at various universities. He also was one of the original founders of The University of Houston Creative Writing Program.

Donald Barthelme was born in Philadelphia in 1931 to two students at the University of Pennsylvania. The family moved to Texas two years later, where Barthelme's father would become a professor of architecture at the University of Houston, where Barthelme would later major in journalism. In 1951, still a student, he wrote his first articles for the Houston Post. Barthelme was drafted into the Korean War in 1953, arriving in Korea on July 27, the very day the cease-fire ending the war was signed. He served briefly as the editor of an Army newspaper before returning to the U.S. and his job at the Houston Post. Once back, he continued his studies at the University of Houston, studying philosophy. Although he continued to take classes until 1957, he never received a degree. He spent much of his free time in Houston’s “black” jazz clubs, listening to musical innovators such as Lionel Hampton and Peck Kelly, an experience which influenced his later writing.

Barthelme's relationship with his father was a struggle between a rebellious son and a demanding father. In later years they would have tremendous arguments about the kinds of literature in which Barthelme was interested and wrote. While in many ways his father was avant-garde in art and aesthetics, he did not approve of the post-modern and deconstruction schools. Barthelme's attitude toward his father is delineated in the novels The Dead Father and The King as he is pictured in the characters King Arthur and Lancelot. Barthelme's independence also shows in his moving away from the family's Roman Catholicism (his mother was especially devout), a separation that troubled Barthelme throughout his life as did the distance with his father. He seemed much closer to his mother and agreeable to her strictures.

Barthelme went on to teach for brief periods at Boston University, University at Buffalo, and the College of the City of New York, where he served as Distinguished Visiting Professor from 1974-75. He married four times. His second wife, Helen Barthelme, later wrote a biography entitled Donald Barthelme: The Genesis of a Cool Sound, published in 2001. With his third wife Birgit, a Dane, he had his first child, a daughter named Anne, and near the end of his life he married Marion, with whom he had his second daughter, Kate. Marion and Donald remained wed until his 1989 death from throat cancer. Donald Barthelme's brothers Frederick (1943 - ) and Steven (1947- ) are also respected fiction writers and teachers at The University of Southern Mississippi.

In the December 2001 issue of Harper's Magazine, writer Paul Limbert Allman accused Prof. Donald Barthelme of orchestrating the 1986 attack on Dan Rather, citing unusual passages in Barthelme's writing, including the phrase "What is the frequency?", a recurring character named Kenneth, and a short story about a pompous editor named Lather. Allman admits that he finds his own theory "difficult to accept," and that the assailants could also have been "loose cannons armed with quotes."

A Biography of Donald Barthelme, by Tracy Daugherty, appeared in February 2009.

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Total Books: 90
The Dead Father
2015 - The Dead Father (Audio CD)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781501270406
ISBN-10: 1501270400
Genre: Literature & Fiction

El padre muerto / The Dead Father
2010 - El Padre Muerto / the Dead Father [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788496867543
ISBN-10: 8496867544
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Flying to America 45 More Stories
2008 - Flying to America 45 More Stories (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781582434438
ISBN-10: 1582434433
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Not-Knowing The Essays and Interviews
2008 - Not-knowing the Essays and Interviews (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781593761738
ISBN-10: 1593761732
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Teachings of Don B Satires Parodies Fables Illustrated Stories and Plays of Donald Barthelme
The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine
2006 - The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781585678280
ISBN-10: 1585678287
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction

The King
2006 - The King (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781564784131
ISBN-10: 1564784134
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Nonfiction

2005 - Paradise [American Literature Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781564784032
ISBN-10: 1564784037
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Sixty Stories
2005 - Sixty Stories [Penguin Twentieth Century Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780141180939
ISBN-10: 0141180935
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Substores

Forty Stories
2005 - Forty Stories [Penguin Twentieth Century Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780141180946
ISBN-10: 0141180943
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

1999 - Not-knowing (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780609000762
ISBN-10: 0609000764

Not-Knowing The Essays and Interviews of Donald Barthelme
1999 - Not-knowing the Essays and Interviews of Donald Barthelme (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780679741206
ISBN-10: 0679741208
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Contemporary Fiction 50 Short Stories Since 1970
1999 - Contemporary Fiction 50 Short Stories Since 1970 [Edited By Lex Williford and Michael Martone, Introduction By Rosellen Brown] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780743269476
ISBN-10: 0743269470
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

The Teachings of Don B
1998 - The Teachings of Don B [Vintage International] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780679741190
ISBN-10: 0679741194
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Not-Knowing  The Essays and Interviews
1997 - Not-knowing the Essays and Interviews (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780679409830
ISBN-10: 0679409831
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Snow White
1996 - Snow White (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780684824796
ISBN-10: 0684824795
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 2.1/5 Stars.

The Teachings of Don B Stories
1992 - The Teachings of Don B Stories (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780679409823
ISBN-10: 0679409823
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.

1992 - Emeraude (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782207239384
ISBN-10: 2207239381

1990 - Voltiges (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782207236628
ISBN-10: 2207236625

Overnight to Many Distant Cities
1985 - Overnight to Many Distant Cities [Contemporary American Fiction] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140075809
ISBN-10: 0140075801
Genre: Literature & Fiction

1980 - Sadness (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780671832049
ISBN-10: 0671832042
Genre: Literature & Fiction

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