Donald Barthelme published more than one hundred short stories in "The New Yorker" and was the author of ten books. He had a volatile private life and his search for a place in American letters took him across the country, briefly to Denmark, and through a host of occupations and relationships. When he wasn't hiding, he was passionately searching and living. Barthelme's writing is a found-art-style mix of pop culture and high literature that is surprisingly funny and playful. This 'excellent biography' ("The New Yorker") 'pursue[s] Barthelme's art to its shuddering core...The enthusiasm is catching' ("The Wall Street Journal").
Tracy Daugherty's work has appeared in "The New Yorker," "McSweeney's," "The Georgia Review," and others. He has received fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. Once a student of Donald Barthelme's, he is now Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at Oregon State University.