Steven Barthelme

Steven Barthelme was born in Texas, schooled at Boston College, University of Texas, and Johns Hopkins University. He has published short stories in periodicals including the Atlantic Monthly, Esquire Online, Epoch, Boulevard, Massachusetts Review, Columbia, Swink, McSweeeney’s, Yale Review, in Pushcart and other anthologies, and in the collection And He Tells the Little Horse the Whole Story (1987). He has published poetry in journals including Negative Capability, New American Writing, and Southern Review. He co-wrote, with his brother Frederick, Double Down, a memoir about their family and ill-starred careers as gamblers, issued by Houghton Mifflin, 1999. His nonfiction work has been published in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, Elle Decor, Texas Observer, Oxford American, Connecticut Review, and other newspapers, magazines, and quarterlies. He is currently teaching in the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

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The Early Posthumous Work

Steven Barthelme

Publication Date: November 1, 2009

$17.95 Tradepaper

ISBN: 1-59709-388-2


A collection of essays and occasional pieces on gambling, teaching, snakes, dogs, cars, hitchhiking, marriage and sophistication, memory and work, and a dozen other subjects. One essay announces that the two dollar bill can buy happiness and reports some resistance to this discovery. Another studies the art of life as ne’er-do-well, a sort of prequel to the “slacker” phenomenon, written and published in Austin, Texas. In yet another essay, everyone’s first name is Philip, (except the comet). Certain liberties are taken with the form.

Pieces originally appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Oxford American, the Texas Observer, Connecticut Review, Apalachee Quarterly, and other newspapers, magazines, and anthologies.



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