Flying to America by Donald Barthelme
45 More Stories

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Donald Barthelme was one of the most influential and inventive writers of the twentieth century. Through his unique, richly textured, and brilliantly realized novels, stories, parodies, satires, fables, and essays, Barthelme redefined a generation of American letters. To John Hawkes, he was “one of our greatest of all comic writers.” Robert Coover called him “one of our great citizens of contemporary world letters.” And to Thomas Pynchon, who coined the term Barthelismo, his work conveyed something of “the clarity and sweep, the intensity of emotion, the transcendent weirdness of the primary experience.”

This collection presents all of Barthelme's previously unpublished and uncollected short fiction, as well as work not published in his two compendium editions, Sixty Storiesand Forty Stories. Highlights of Flying to America include three unpublished stories, “Among the Beanwoods,” “Heather,” and “Pandemonium”; fourteen stories never before available in book form-from his first published story, “Pages from the Annual Report” (1959), to his last, “Tickets” (1989); and the long out-of-print Sam's Bar, with illustrations by Seymour Chwast. With Flying to America, fans and new readers alike have the huge pleasure of a new collection from one of America's great literary masters.
 

About Donald Barthelme

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The late Donald Barthelme was a longtime contributor to The New Yorker, winner of a National Book Award, a director of PEN and the Authors Guild, and a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His sixteen books--including Snow White, The Dead Father, and City Life--substantially redefined American short fiction for our time.About the Editor: Kim Herzinger teaches at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is the author of books and articles on D.H. Lawrence, modern and contemporary literature, Sherlock Holmes, and baseball, and is now at work on a cultural biography of Donald Barthelme.
 
Published October 28, 2007 by Counterpoint. 432 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though the preface by editor Herzinger makes a case that the third posthumously published volume of the author’s work is the “crown jewel of the project,” the fact remains that these are the stories that the writer himself considered the bottom third.

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Publishers Weekly

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The 45 stories in this collection include stories Barthelme himself excluded from his two major collections, Sixty Stories and Forty Stories , and little that went previously unpublished.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

The helpful notes by the volume's editor, Kim Herzinger, observe that the story "Flying to America," published in The New Yorker in 1971, drew from a "Notes and Comment" by Barthelme, published a year earlier in the same magazine, and that sections of the story were also part of the story "A Film...

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New York Magazine

'Flying to America,' by Donald Barthelme -- New York Magazine Book Review nymag.com The Magazine The Magazine Daily Intelligencer Vulture The Cut Grub Street ...

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New York Magazine

Little by little they chiseled and joined its necessary parts: the introduction, the name-dropping (Borges, Calvino, Gaddis), the ironic twist (“Barthelme’s career, which was built out of stories that refused to end tidily, has now found a tidy end”).

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New York Magazine

Their sense was that Barthelme had already issued two canonical collections before his death, Sixty Stories and Forty Stories, and that this book was just another vulgar cashing-in on a steady old brand, the highbrow equivalent of selling chocolate-covered synthetic reproductions of Elvis Presley...

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Campus Circle

In his two major collections, Sixty Stories and Forty Stories, Donald Barthelme redefined the art of narrative from the ’60s through the ’80s.

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