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Donald Barthelme (1931-1989) was the son of an avant-garde architect. He wrote a series of novels and story collections that earned him a wide reputation as one of the most innovative and important voices in American literature.

Though born in New York, he grew up, attended college, and began his writing career in Houston. Winner of the National Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a PEN/Faulkner Award, Barthelme's interest was both literary and cultural.

His style was, in the words of Robert Coover, "precise, urbane, ironic, rivetingly succinct accumulative in its comical and often surreal juxtapositions." Barthelme was a master of turning his spare, surprising sentences to the frail absurdity of the modern world as he saw it.




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