Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme

Tracy Daugherty


A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE

During his fifty-eight-year lifetime Donald Barthelme published more than one hundred short stories in The New Yorker and authored sixteen books.  He was a contemporary and friend of Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, Susan Sontag, and Norman Mailer, and has received recent tributes from Dave Eggers and George Saunders.  He had a volatile private life and his search for a place in American letters took him across the country, briefly to Denmark, and through a host of occupations.  When he wasn't hiding, he was passionately searching and living.  Barthelme's writing is a found-art-style mix of pop culture and high literature that is surprisingly funny and playful.  This "excellent biography" (The New Yorker) "pursue[s] Barthelme's art to its shuddering core. . . . The enthusiasm is catching" (The Wall Street Journal).

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