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A Week in Literary History

April 7th, 2002

American short story writer and novelist (Snow White, 1967) Donald Barthelme is born in Philadelphia.

Donald Barthelme, b. March 7, 1931, d. 1989

barthelme.jpgAh, the wonderful Sixties, Seventies, and Eighties, when The New Yorker used to amuse and amaze us with, among other things, the wickedly surreal and satiric short stories of Donald Barthelme. They even printed an entire novel of his, Snow White, in those pages! Barthelme took a good swipe at most of the features of modern life in his stories, while at the same time delighting us with playful language and the absurd argot of academic intellectuals and artcrit speakers, always a prime target. Snow White is a great place to start, then proceed chronologically through the story collections and end with The Dead Father, a strange and oddly triumphal postmodern novel.

Suggested Reading Novels Snow White, 1967. The Dead Father, 1975. Paradise, 1986. The King, 1990. Short stories Come Back, Dr. Caligari, 1964. Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Acts, 1968. City Life, 1970. Sadness, 1972. Amateurs, 1976. Great Days, 1979. Overnight to Many Distant Cities, 1983. Parodies, Fables, Essays Guilty Pleasures, 1974. Not-Knowing: The Essays and Interviews of Donald Barthelme, 1997.

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