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Forty Stories

Format:  Paperback,

246 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Jan 2005

ISBN-13: 9780142437810

ISBN-10: 0142437816

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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 language heretofore unexamined. "Forty Stories" demonstrates Barthelme's unrivaled ability to surprise, to stimulate, and to explore.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Jan 2005
ISBN-13: 9780142437810
ISBN-10: 0142437816
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 246
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.45
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.0 x 7.75 x 0.25

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Biography of Barthelme, Donald

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.

Biography of Eggers, Dave

Dave Eggers was born on March 12th, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts. His family moved to Lake Forest, Illinois when he was a child. Eggers attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, until his parents' deaths in 1991 & 1992. The loss left him responsible for his eight-year-old brother and later became the inspiration for his highly acclaimed memoir "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius". Published in 2000, the memoir was nominated for a nonfiction Pulitzer the following year.

Eggers has also written several novels and edits the popular "The Best American Nonrequired Reading" published annually. In 1998, he founded the independent publishing house, McSweeney's which publishes a variety of magazines and literary journals. Eggers has also opened several nonprofit writing centers for high school students across the United States. His title, A Hologram for the King, was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award.

Chapter outline

Introduction
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 of St. Anthony
Sentence
Pepperoni
Some of us had been threatening our friend Colby
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

Book description

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 Barthelme an 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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