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Creator: Donald Barthelme
Donald Barthelme (1931-1989) was an American writer known for writing fiction (c. 2200 BC-present) which combined playful parodies of genres with surrealist (c. 1920-present) jokes and yet still managed to carry emotional weight.

He was born in Philadelphia (1682-present) and grew up in Texas (1519-present), but spent much of his adult life in New York City (1524-present), where he regularly wrote for The New Yorker (1925-present). He had a deep interest in modern art, and for a while was director of Houston's Contemporary Arts Museum.

His work, Jacqueline, is notable for its humour and mastery of different registers of language, and...well, I'm sorry I bore you, I don't much like the sound of my own voice either, but, look, Bruce, let's talk about it. I can tell you're not happy. Have you read Sixty Stories? That and Forty Stories are the two definitive selections from his work. Oh, one second, sorry. -Um, sorry, miss?

-Yes, sir?

-I'm not totally happy with this risotto. It has too many weapons in it.

-That's the Risotto alla mitriagliatrici, sir. It does specifically say.

-Yes, but, okay. I guess I just wasn't prepared.

-Do you want me to take some of the weapons out of it?

-Could you? Maybe just the Vickers.

-That's no problem.

-Thank you. Anyway, Akeem, Barthelme's work has been enormously influential on American fiction and among his famous fans are writers such as Thomas Pynchon, John Barth and Nicholson Baker. Am I talking too much? He also wrote novels, among the most notable of which are Snow White, which as the title suggests is a kind of Deconstructive Parody of the Snow White story; The Dead Father, in which the main characters constantly drag around the building-sized corpse of their father, and his last novel The King, which pitches King Arthur against Those Wacky Nazis. He also wrote an award-winning children's book, The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine. Apart from his work, he is notable for having grown a beard. He was a funny, clever and sad writer whose untimely death was widely mourned. Don't cry, Bettina. Here. Have some of this pie.

I know you do. That's why I ordered it.
Dave BarryAuthorsL. Frank Baum

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