Donald Barthelme

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Donald Barthelme (1931-1989) was an American author. His works include Come Back, Dr. Caligari (1964), Snow White (1967), City Life (1970), and Sixty Stories (1982).[1]

Life and Works

Barthelme was born April 7, 1931, in Philadelphia, to an architect father of the same name and a woman called Helen Bechtold.[2] He attended Houston University, worked as a journalist, had two wives, served in the Korean War, and joined the board of directors of the Houston Contemporary Arts Museum.[3] In 1964, he published his first collection of short stories, Come Back, Dr. Caligari, and continued to write stories for the New Yorker until his death on July 23, 1989 in Houston.[4]


  1. The New York Public Library Student's Desk Reference. Prentice Hall, New York, 1993.
  4. "Barthelme, Donald." Encyclopedia Britannica Online.