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Barthelme, Donald

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ISBN 10: 0399132996 / ISBN 13: 9780399132995
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1987
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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The 10th collection of short stories from Barthelme, this book is considered the "companion" volume to his "Sixty Stories," issued six years earlier in 1981. Described variously as a postmodernist, or a surrealist, whose satiric stories often place his characters in absurd situations or environments, Barthelme was known an an innovator for his "flash" fiction or "short short" stories, many of which first appeared in "The New Yorker." First Edition, First Printing (with complete numberline). 256 pages quarter bound in red cloth over red paper-covered boards with gold lettering on spine. The dustjacket shows title and author's name in white on a red background on the front panel separated by a single, green design element. The back panel contains five "blurbs" praising "Paradise," Barthelme's 1986 novel. Boards and text are clean, complete and unmarked, tight and square. No tearing, creasing or bumping, not remaindered. The price-clipped dustjacket shows only some very light edge wear. No tears, no chipping or creasing. A collectable copy from one of the 20th century's short story masters. Bookseller Inventory # 005583

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Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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Like the title says, here are 40 short works culled from across Barthelme's career. Along with the similarly titled 60 Stories, this book provides one of the best samplings currently in print of Barthelme's unrivaled humor, his melancholy, the poetry of his line, and his considerable intellect. It includes pieces such as the famous "Sentence," (a single, several-page-long, unfinished sentence), "The Flight of Pigeons From the Palace," one of the writer's illustrated stories, and "Overnight To Many Distant Cities."

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