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This excellent collection of Donald Barthelme's literary output during the 1960s and 1970s covers the period when the writer came to prominence--producing the stories, satires, parodies, and other formal experiments that altered fiction as we know it--and wrote many of the most beautiful sentences in the English language. Due to the unfortunate discontinuance of many of Barthelme's titles, 60 Stories now stands as one of the broadest overviews of his work, containing selections from eight previously published books, as well as a number of other short works that had been otherwise uncollected. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"Barthelme can focus our feeling into a bright point that can raise a blister. These 60 stories show him inventing at a fever pitch." —The Washington Post
"Donald Barthelme may have influenced the short story in his time as much as Hemingway and O' Hara did in theirs." —The New York Times
"The delight he offers to readers is beyond question, his originality is unmatched." —Los Angeles TimesSee all Product Description
Priceless collection. Needs to be savoured slowly. I found the stories with dialogue hard to follow, but the post-modern invention in the narrative is both approachable and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by malster
In one of the most typical, poignant, funny, and resounding stories in this collection, Barthelme introduces us to the Balloon Man. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by jonathan crossley
There has been a resurgence of interest in Barthelme's work so I thought I'd go back and re-read him. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2001 by Howard Paul Burgess
A writer who knows his audience and can tap into the contemporary mind with ease, this is a collection that stands out in the latter half of the 20th century. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2000 by Account Killer
Donald Barthelme was truly a master of the short story. I had to read this book for a project in AP english, and I was very impressed. Read morePublished on March 16 2000 by Casey Baker
This collection is permanently at my bedside for when I can't get to sleep. Not that it puts me to sleep; it usually forces me to stay up another 2 hours while I re-read yet again... Read morePublished on Nov. 17 1999
This collection of short stories contains some of the most original and funny work ever published. This father of post modernism, Barthelme, has a mind like no other. Read morePublished on Dec 13 1998
Barthelme did it all in a very small space. He made you laugh and cry. He pondered deeply: Kierkegard, Schlegel, Sartre. He twisted the most mundane and concocted the most absurd. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 1998 by email@example.com