(A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice and the Winner of the Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction) Among the 20th century's most influential short story writers, Donald Barthelme (1931–89) dabbled in architecture and music before finding his calling. Featuring 16 pages of black and white photographs, Tracy Daugherty's 2009 biography chronicles this cerebral yet accessible postmodernist's four marriages, struggles with alcoholism, inspirational teaching career, and long history of publishing in The New Yorker.
"Barthelme is among the most original and moving writers who ever existed. This book is an amazing account of what a life in writing really is. In fact, it's what living a life really is. How often do you read a book and think you've found out about that?"—Ann Beattie