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Donald Barthelme Donald Barthelme has been called probably the most perversely gifted writer in the US As well as one of the best most significant and carefully developing young American writers Harte and Riley 41 He was born April 7 1931 to Donald and Helen Barthelme in Philadelphia Pennsylvania Barthelme had a wide range of careers during his lifetime He worked as a newspaper reporter and as a managing editor of Location and art and literature review Harte and Riley 41 His other jobs included serving in Korea and Japan in the US Army Barthelme Bio 1 Professor of English at the City University of New York teacher of Creative Writing at the University of Texas in Houston and of course author of short stories and novels Anderson et al 919 He is the author of a number of collections of short stories including Come Back Dr Caligari 1964 Unspeakable Practices Unnatural Acts 1968 City Life 1971 Sadness 1972 Great Days 1978 Overnight to Many Distant Cities 1983 and Paradise 1986 He also wrote Snow White a parody of the popular childrens fairy tale the novel He won the National Book Award for Childrens literature for the book titled The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine or the Hithering Thithering Djinn 1971 Marowski and Matuz 3 In 1976 he received the Jesse H Jones Award from the Texas Institute of Letters for his book The Dead Father His book Sixty Stories was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award the PENFaulkner award for Fiction and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize all in 1982 Barthelme also had the privilege of being widely regarded as one of the ablest and most versatile American stylists Robert et al 919 Donald Barthelme passed away July 23 1989 from cancer in Houston Texas According to the Literature book Barthelmes stories contain plots that are unconventional episodic a clutter of styles absurdities and slapstick In his hands a myth
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