Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Donald Barthelme Reading List

Students sometimes ask for reading lists; here is one given to me by a teacher, the renowned fiction writer Donald Barthelme. It's dated -- he made this in the early eighties. Also, it's weighted toward his aesthetic tastes, and perhaps to some extent toward writers her knew personally. But opinionated lists are very good to work with, as long as you don't take them as absolute.

I'll add other lists later --

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AT SWIM TWO-BIRDS, Flann O'Brien
THE THIRD POLICEMAN, Flann O'Brien
COLLECTED SHORT STORIES, Isaac Babel
LABYRINTHS, Borges
OTHER INQUISITIONS, Borges
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE, Garcia Marquez
CORRECTION, Thomas Bernhard
NOG, Rudy Wurlitzer
GIMPEL THE FOOL, I. B. Singer
THE ASSISTANT, Bernard Malamud
THE MAGIC BARREL, Bernard Malamud
INVISIBLE MAN, Ralph Ellison
UNDER The VOLCANO, Malcolm Lowry
BECKETT ENTIRE
HUNGER, Knut Hamsun
I’M NOT STILLER, Max Frisch
MAN IN THE HOLOCENE, Max Frisch
SEVEN GOTHIC TALES, Isak Dinesen
GOGOL'S WIFE, Tommaso Landolfi
V, Thomas Pynchon
THE LIME TWIG, John Hawkes
BLOOD ORANGES, John Hawkes
LITTLE DISTURBANCES OF MAN, Grace Paley
ENORMOUS CHANGES AT THE LAST MINUTE, Grace Paley
I, ETC, Susan Sontag
TELL ME A RIDDLE, Tillie Olsen
FALLING IN PLACE, Ann Beattie
IN THE HEART OF THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY, William Gass
FICTION AND THE FIGURES OF LIFE, William Gass
THE WORLD WITHIN THE WORD, William Gass
ADVERTISEMENTS FOR MYSELF, Norman Mailer
CLOCKWORK ORANGE, Anthony Burgess
JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE NIGHT, Celine
THE BOX MAN Kobo Abe
INVISIBLE CITIES, Italo Calvino
A SORROW BEYOND DREAMS, Peter Handke
KASPAR AND OTHER PLAYS, Peter Handke
NADJA, Andre Breton
CHIMERA, John Barth
LOST IN THE FUNHOUSE, John Barth
THE MOVIEGOER, Walker Percy
BLACK TICKETS, Jayne Anne Phillips
COLLECTED STORIES, Peter Taylor
THE PURE AND THE IMPURE, Colette
WILL YOU PLEASE BE QUIET PLEASE, Raymond Carver
COLLECTED STORIES, John Cheever
I WOULD HAVE SAVED THEM IF I COULD, Leonard Michaels
COLLECTED STORIES, Eudora Welty
THE 0RANGING OF AMERICA, Max Apple
COLLECTED STORIES, Flannery O'Connor
MUMBO JUMBO, Ishmael Reed
SONG OF SOLOMON, Toni Morrison
THE DEATH OF ARTEMIO CRUZ, Carlos Fuentes
BOOK OF LAUGHTER AND FORGETTING, Milan Kundera
THE RHETORIC OF FICTION, Wayne C. Booth
HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES, Joseph Campbell
HENDERSON THE RAIN KING, Saul Bellow
THE COUP, John Updike
RABBIT RUN, John Updike
PARIS REVIEW INTERVIEWS
HOW WE LIVE, edited by Rust Hills
SUPERFICTION, edited by Joe David Bellamy
PUSHCART PRIZE ANTHOLOGIES
THE WRITER ON HER WORK, edited by Janet Sternburg
MANIFESTOS OF SURREALISM. Andre Breton
DOCUMENTS OF MODERN ART, series edited by Robert Motherwell
AGAINST INTERPRETATION, Susan Sontag
A HOMEMADE WORLD, Hugh Kenner
FLAUBERT, Letters
SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO, David Mamet
THE CHANGELING, Joy Williams
THE NEW FICTION, edited by Joe David Bellamy
GOING AFTER CACC1AT0, Tim O'Brien
THE PALM-WINE DRINKARD, Amos Tutuola
SEARCHING FOR CALEB, Ann Tyler
THANK YOU, Kenneth Koch
COLLECTED POEMS, Frank O'Hara
RIVERS AND MOUTAINS, John Ashbery
TRAGIC MAGIC, Wesley Brown
MYTHOLOGIES, Roland Barthes
THE PLEASURE OF THE TEXT, Roland Barthes
FOR A NEW NOVEL, Alain Robbe-Grillet

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