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Hiding Man A Biography of Donald Barthelme (Paperback)

Author:  Tracy Daugherty
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312429304
ISBN-13: 9780312429300
Sku: 211579113
Publish Date: 2/2/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.75L x 1.75T
Pages:  581
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A compellingly told and enthusiastic biography--makes a page-turner of Barthelme''s passionate search for a place in American letters
Twenty years after his death in 1989, Donald Barthelme finally receives his first full-length biography. Barthelme is notably connected to the postmodernist literary movement of the 1960s and 70s, a group of fiction writers who shunned traditional narrative in favor of more exploratory forms. He is most often associated with The New Yorker magazine, which published the vast majority of his stories. Barthelme also helped to found the creative writing program at the University of Houston, where one of his students was Tracy Daugherty, a successful novelist and his future biographer. Daugherty provides illuminating analyses of many of Barthelme's most irreverent and compelling works, while also detailing the writer's troubled personal life, which included four marriages, one of which ended in his wife's suicide. Barthelme also diligently upheld the stereotype of the drunken writer, and notably encouraged his students to partake in spirits to cure bouts of writer's block. There is little question that he was an innovative and influential writer, whose reputation will certainly ascend as the rest of us catch up to visionary style. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2009.


"Like a knowledgeable curator, Daugherty walks us through Barthelme's publications book by book, pausing for brilliant explications of the more challenging stories..." - Steven Moore 02/08/2009

"There aren't many writers who have ascended into the literary ionosphere and then fallen back down to earthly obscurity with the nose-bleeding steepness of Barthelme." - Lev Grossman 02/12/2009

"HIDING MAN is a frankly admiring literary biography, weighty with literary exegesis and eager to pursue Barthelme's art to its shuddering core. As respectful as Mr. Daugherty is, though, his book can be gently damning." - Kyle Smith 02/21/2009

HIDING an intimate, probing, meticulous, deeply considered account of [Barthelme's] life, filled with vivid characters and their witty talk, convincing insights into the writer's process, tension, and the flavor of its subject's often difficult personal life." - Floyd Skloot 03/01/2009

"Suspense [seems] unlikely effect in the life story of a famous contemporary writer...and yet Tracy Daugherty manages to bring about this improbable thing. His book is a page-turner. One reads eagerly, chapter to chapter, marriage to marriage, waiting to see what happens next. That Daugherty has ferreted out this element and put it to use is an amazing and rare accomplishment." - Lorrie Moore 03/26/2009

"Daugherty...has managed to make a case for a body of work in which the best stories have the aura of a second act, and to create a convincing narrative out of a life that was deeply engaged, passionate and maybe even fulfilled, despite the demons..." - Colm Toibin 03/22/2009

"Thoroughly researched and carefully documented..., the book is more than the biography of an individual writer. Owing to Barthelme's pedigree, wide interests, and experiences, the book reads like a cultural history of the 20th century....HIDING MAN will increase our nation's available stock of extremely intelligent and physically attractive readers." - David Thoreen 03/22/2009

"Daugherty's delving, simpatico portrait of 'the first true American surrealist,' a brilliant, bedeviled writer..., anchors a fascinating chapter in American letters by reclaiming and redefining a risk-taking writer whose edgy legacy is found in today's most imaginative fiction." (starred review) - Donna Seaman 03/01/2009

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