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Not-knowing : the essays and interviews of Donald Barthelme

Author: Donald Barthelme; Kim A Herzinger
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1997.
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Donald Barthelme's premature death at the age of fifty-eight brought to an end one of the most provocative careers in the history of American literature. Groundbreaking works such as Come Back, Dr. Caligari; The Dead Father; Snow White; Great Days; Overnight to Many Distant Cities; Guilty Pleasures; and his two short-fiction collections, Forty Stories and Sixty Stories, have earned him a place among the most
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Barthelme, Donald.
Not-knowing.
New York : Random House, ©1997
(OCoLC)645862917
Named Person: Donald Barthelme; Donald Barthelme
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald Barthelme; Kim A Herzinger
ISBN: 0679409831 9780679409830
OCLC Number: 36430733
Description: xviii, 332 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: On Writing. After Joyce --
Not-knowing. Here In The Village. Introduction --
Walking around the village --
I have lately noticed --
A fable --
After spending an exciting eight or nine days --
I like to think of myself --
I went last week --
In the morning post --
There is something --
Letter to a literary critic --
Worrying about women --
Because the government isn't very good --
Spring in the village!. Reviews, Comments, and Observations. Acceptance speech: National Book Award for Children's Literature --
On "Paraguay" --
A symposium on fiction [with William Gass, Grace Paley, and Walker Percy] --
Mr. Hunt's wooly utopia --
The tired terror of Grahmam Greene --
The elegance is under control --
Amphigorey also: A review --
The most wonderful trick --
A note on Elia Kazan --
The Earth as an overturned bowl --
Parachutes in the trees --
Special devotions. (Cont. 2) Dead men comin' through --
Three festivals --
Peculiar influences --
Earth angel --
Culture, Etc. --
The case of the vanishing product --
Synergy --
President Nixon's announcement --
My ten-year-old daughter --
As Grace Paley faces jail with three other writers --
Not long ago --
There's alleged --
Rome diary. On Art. Architectural graphics: An introduction --
The emerging figure --
Robert Morris: An introduction --
Jim Love up to now: An introduction --
Nudes: an introduction to Exquisite creatures --
Being bad --
Reifications --
On the level of desire. Interviews With Donald Barthelme. Interview with Jerome Klinkowitz, 1971-72 --
Interview with Charles Ruas and Judith Sherman, 1975 --
Interview with Larry McCaffery, 1980 --
Interview with J.D. O'Hara, 1981 --
Interview with Jo Brans: "Embracing the world," 1981 --
Interview with Billie Fitzpatrick, 1987 --
Interview with Bobbie Roe, 1988.
Responsibility: edited by Kim Herzinger ; with an introduction by John Barth.
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Donald Barthelme's premature death at the age of fifty-eight brought to an end one of the most provocative careers in the history of American literature. Groundbreaking works such as Come Back, Dr. Caligari; The Dead Father; Snow White; Great Days; Overnight to Many Distant Cities; Guilty Pleasures; and his two short-fiction collections, Forty Stories and Sixty Stories, have earned him a place among the most influential and imitated authors of the last half-century. With his marvelously strange and darkly ironic vision of the world, his wizard satire and deadpan humor, Barthelme spoke of and for our time like no one else. He spoke of our national obsessions and weirdnesses, our unspeakable practices and unnatural acts, in what is for many the distinctive voice of postmodern America.

Not-Knowing is the second posthumous collection of Donald Barthelme's work. Not-Knowing contains Barthelme's pungent comments on writing, art, literature, film, and city life, which are, as John Barth says in his Introduction, among the permanent literary treasures of American postmodernist writing. Also here are several interviews with the author - invaluable for understanding this very private man - including two never before available. The interviews range over the last eighteen years of Barthelme's life, and they give readers the opportunity to watch his ideas as they expand, change, and settle.

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