Donald Barthelme | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Charles Baxter

This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of Donald Barthelme.
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Critical Essay by Charles Baxter

SOURCE: Baxter, Charles. “The Donald Barthelme Blues.” Gettysburg Review 3, no. 4 (autumn 1990): 713-23.

In the following essay, Baxter traces Barthelme's literary development, focusing on his utilization of characters and language.

The same day that a friend called with the news that Donald Barthelme had died, a freight train derailed outside Freeland, Michigan. Among the cars that went off the tracks were several chemical tankers, some of which spilled and caught fire. Dow Chemical was (and still is) reluctant to name these chemicals, but one of them was identified as chlorosilene. When chlorosilene catches fire, as it did in this case, it turns into hydrochloric acid. Upon being asked about the physical hazards to neighbors and on-lookers near the fire, a company representative, interviewed on Michigan Public Radio, said, “Well, there's been some physical reactions...

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