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Craig A. Warren - associate professor of English and professional writing, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Book Title: Forty Stories

Author: Donald Barthelme

Book Description:

As an undergraduate embarking on a senior thesis about Donald Barthelme, this book became a constant companion. Many years later, Forty Stories is still a valued friend. Many readers dismiss Barthelme as too ironic, cold, and mysterious to take seriously. (One of my mentors described his work as "unwholesome.") I disagree. This talented writer produced stories whose brevity, wit, and honesty can leave one staggered with feeling. And they often do.


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