Donald Barthelme was born in Philadelphia in 1931. He grew up in Texas and studied at the University of Houston, where he majored in journalism and became a reporter for the Houston Post, before being drafted into the Korean War. Barthelme then worked for several years at the Houston Contemporary Arts Museum, becoming director in 1962, before moving to New York to focus on writing.

Barthelme's literary reputation derives in part from his innovation of the short story form. He published his first story in 1961, and Come Back, Dr. Caligari, his first collection, in 1964. Barthelme's fragmented style, which eschewed traditional plot structure in favor of seemingly random detail and often included popular figures in absurd situations, produced a number of imitators and helped define the postmodern movement...Show More »

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