|Publisher:||Penguin Group USA|
|Publish Date:||Jan 2005|
|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|
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.
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.
|On the deck|
|Concerning the bodyguard|
|The palace at four a.m.|
|Conversations with Goethe|
|The new owner|
|The educational experience|
|At the Tolstoy Museum|
|The flight of pigeons from the palace|
|A few moments of sleeping and waking|
|The temptation of St. Anthony|
|Some of us had been threatening our friend Colby|
|Porcupines at the university|
|110 West Sixty-first Street|
|Overnight to many distant cities|
|Letters to the editore|
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