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Title:
Snow White
Author:
Barthelme, Donald.
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Edition:
First Scribner Paperback Fiction edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster, 1996.
Physical Description:
186 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
"Scribner Paperback Fiction."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780684824796
Format :
Book

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"Eccentric, dazzling...the literary conversation piece of the year." - San Francisco Chronicle

An American short story writer and novelist acclaimed for his playful, postmodern style of short fiction, Barthelme's first novel, Snow White , is a countercultural, experimental reconstruction of the Disney version of the traditional fairytale.

In Barthelme's modern day world, Snow White is a seductive woman waiting for her prince to return to New York. Pushing the bounds of fiction and form, Barthelme subverts the classic tale, prompting The New York Times to call him "a splendid practitioner at the peak of his power" and inspiring a new generation of authors including Charles Baxter, Dave Eggers, and David Gates.


Author Notes

Donald Barthelme was born on April 7, 1931, and was one of the major U.S. short story writers and novelists of the late twentieth century. Barthelme satirized American life. Born in Philadelphia, Barthelme spent part of his early life in Houston, Texas, and began to write fiction while working as a journalist, director of an art museum and university publicist. These occupations became fuel for his creative fire. His arsenal of techniques included parodies of television shows, radio plays and recipes, long and elaborate metaphors, complex dream sequences, and a break-neck narrative pace.

After the publication of his first collection, Come Back Dr. Caligari (1964), Barthelme became a full-time writer of short stories and novels. The latter included Snow White (1967), The Dead Father (1975), and Paradise (1986). Barthelme also published three more short story collections, 60 Stories (1981), Overnight to Many Distant Cities (1983), and 40 Stories (1987).

Barthelme died of cancer in 1989.

(Bowker Author Biography)