Book List in Order:20 titles

  • The definitive collection of a twentieth-century master of the short story, whose unforgettable inventions revolutionized the formThe short stories of Donald Barthelme, revered by the likes of Thomas Pynchon and George Saunders, are gems of invention...


  • The wildly varied essays in Not-Knowing combine to form a posthumous manifesto of one of America’s masters of literary experiment. Here are Barthelme’s thoughts on writing (his own and others); his observations on art, architecture, film, and cit...


  • Donald Barthelme was one of the most influential and inventive writers of the twentieth century. Through his unique, richly textured, and brilliantly realized novels, stories, parodies, satires, fables, and essays, Barthelme redefined a generation of...




  • A hypothetical episode of Batman hilariously slowed down to soap-opera speed. A game of baseball as played by T.S. Eliot and Wilem "Big Ball" de Kooning.  A recipe suitable for feeding sixty park-enamored celebrants at one's daughter's wedding. An ...



  • The author's talent for creating the unexpected, and for rewriting the rules of the English language, has made him one of the most innovative and respected writers of the 20th century. This is another dazzling display of his unrivaled ability to surp...


  • "No other word for it: a charming book."—Peter S. Prescott, NewsweekSimon, a middle-aged architect separated from his wife, is given the chance to live out a stereotypical male fantasy: freed from the travails of married life, he ends up livin...








  • A retrospective collection of Donald Barthelme's most notable writings includes "Me and Miss Mandible," "Views of My Father Weeping," "The King of Jazz," nine new stories, and other outstanding selections...


  • Masterpiece stories of wit, whimsy and satire. A saint struggling with the greatest of all temptations: daily life. A genius proposes a world inventory of genius to create a better life, but he cannot bear the company. Family life trembles with enoug...



  • This new collection of stories marks a departure in Barthelme's work with the introduction of a new mode in which he abandons all forms of characterization other than dialogue in an attempt to shift and alter reader expectations and perceptions...






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    Dec.1977 Kangaroo Book(Pocket Books) mass market PB. Donald Barthelme (The Dead Father, Guilty Pleasures) aims his satiric wit and "cool mockery....on the pretensions and foibles of the human lot." The blurb (quoting The Los Angeles Times) compares t...