Donald Barthelme | Literature Criticism Critical Review by James Marcus

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of Donald Barthelme.
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Critical Review by James Marcus

SOURCE: A review of The Teachings of Don B., in The New York Times Book Review, December 6, 1992, p. 30.

In the following review, Marcus offers a commendatory assessment of The Teachings of Don B.

At a glance, this collection of material by Donald Barthelme—who died of cancer in 1989, at the age of 58—might be mistaken for a bit of valedictory barrel-scraping. In fact, it's nothing of the kind.

Culled from a variety of sources, including his signed and unsigned contributions to The New Yorker, the pieces in The Teachings of Don B." (most of which have never' previously been collected) offer a superb cross section of what Thomas Pynchon, in his live introduction, calls Barthelmismo. The author's straight parodies—of Michelangelo Antonioni, or Carlos Castaneda or Bret Easton Ellis—are expert and amusing...

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This section contains 469 words
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