Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme
Duringhis fifty-eight-year lifetimeDonald Barthelme published more than one hundred short stories in The New Yorker and authored sixteen books. He was a contemporary and friend of Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon,Susan Sontag,and Norman Mailer, and has received recent tributes from Dave Eggers and George Saunders. He had a volatile ...more
However, in 1961, at the age of 30, he hit upon the idea which made him famous. This was the simple yet profound concept of naming the features o ...more
The author, Tracy Daugherty, was a student of Barthelme's and brings an appealing affection to his portrayal. More than that, he deeply admires Barthelme's singular writing style -- t ...more
"In 1956, I went to France, to the University of Paris, and got a doctoral degree. I left Donald my car. In 1959, I saw him in Houston, to get the car back..He told me the car had needed two things: It needed to be painted and it needed new brakes. He couldn't afford both. So he'd gotten it repainted."
Or the recounted conversation from friend Herman Gollob. A couple nights before, Gollob was having dinner with ...more
Son of a successful architect, Barthelme g ...more
I found myself relating to Barthelme's restlessness, desire to experiment in his writing, and his sometimes frustrations when others just didn't "get it."
By the way, no way am I comparing myself, or my writing, to Barthelme; he's just another writer I admire and find myself "understanding."
Critics unanimously applaud Daugherty for the first comprehensive, analytical biography of his former teacher. The Oregonian calls Hiding Man a "remarkably tender, sympathetic treatment" of Barthelme, and while Daugherty may have given Barthelme a glowing biography, he doesn't downplay his more negative traits. The book also does an excellent job of connecting the writer to his literary and social context. The Oregonian notes that while Barthelme can be difficult to read, "in Daugherty's hands t...more
"Now comes the first biography, and not just a modest remembrance but a full-length, meticulously documented study. All dead authors should be so lucky."