Forty Stories

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William H. Gass has written of Donald Barthelme that 'he has permanently enlarged our perception of the possibilities open to short fiction.' In Forty Stories, the companion volume to Sixty Stories, we encounter a dazzling array of subjects: Paul Klee, Goethe, Captain Blood, modern courtship, marriage and divorce, armadillos, and other unique Barthelmean flights of fancy. These pithy, brilliantly acerbic pieces tangle with the ludicrous, pose questions that remain unresolved, and challenge familiar bits of ...

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Overview

William H. Gass has written of Donald Barthelme that 'he has permanently enlarged our perception of the possibilities open to short fiction.' In Forty Stories, the companion volume to Sixty Stories, we encounter a dazzling array of subjects: Paul Klee, Goethe, Captain Blood, modern courtship, marriage and divorce, armadillos, and other unique Barthelmean flights of fancy. These pithy, brilliantly acerbic pieces tangle with the ludicrous, pose questions that remain unresolved, and challenge familiar bits of language heretofore unexamined. Forty Stories demonstrates Barthelme's unrivaled ability to surprise, to stimulate, and to explore.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142437810
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 277,724
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald Barthelme (1931-1989) published twelve books, including two novels and a prize-winning children's book. He was a regular contributor to the New Yorker and taught creative writing at the University of Houston. In his career, he won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Book Award, and a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, among others.

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Table of Contents

Forty Stories Introduction by Dave Eggers

Chablis On the Deck The Genius Opening Sindbad The Explanation Concerning the Bodyguard Rif The Palace at Four A.M.
Jaws Conversations with Goethe Affection The New Owner Paul Klee Terminus The Educational Experience Bluebeard Departures Visitors The Wound At the Tolstoy Museum The Flight of Pigeons from the Palace A Few Moments of Sleeping and Waking The Temptation os St. Anthony Sentence Pepperoni Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friends Lightning The Catechist Porcupines at the University Sakrete Captain Blood
110 West Sixty-First Street The Film Overnight to Many Distant Cities Construction Letters to the Editore Great Days The Baby January

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