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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1972 - Experimental fiction, American - 183 pages
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Short stories, chiefly reprinted from the New Yorker.

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User Review  - alaskayo - LibraryThing

2011, Jan.: #4 One of the better Barthelme collections, before he became a tad too redundant and pointless (tho not always!) in the latter half of the '70s. Also, like most Barthelme collections--like ... Read full review

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User Review  - princemuchao - LibraryThing

Immediately upon reading the opening phrase of the first story "While I read the Journal of Sensory Deprivation...", you know you're back in the world of Donald Barthelme, the most clever and witty ... Read full review

About the author (1972)

Donald Barthelme was born on April 7, 1931, and was one of the major U.S. short story writers and novelists of the late twentieth century. Barthelme satirized American life. Born in Philadelphia, Barthelme spent part of his early life in Houston, Texas, and began to write fiction while working as a journalist, director of an art museum and university publicist. These occupations became fuel for his creative fire. His arsenal of techniques included parodies of television shows, radio plays and recipes, long and elaborate metaphors, complex dream sequences, and a break-neck narrative pace. After the publication of his first collection, Come Back Dr. Caligari (1964), Barthelme became a full-time writer of short stories and novels. The latter included Snow White (1967), The Dead Father (1975), and Paradise (1986). Barthelme also published three more short story collections, 60 Stories (1981), Overnight to Many Distant Cities (1983), and 40 Stories (1987). Barthelme died of cancer in 1989.

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