Donald Barthelme’s reading list

by Jess

A reading list of 81 Books, chosen by the father of post-modern fiction. (As listed on The Essayist.)

  • Flann O’Brien, At Swim Two-Birds
  • Flann O’Brien, The Third Policeman
  • Isaac Babel, Collected Short Stories
  • Borges, Labyrinths
  • Borges, Other Inquisitions
  • Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Thomas Bernhard, Correction
  • Rudy Wurlitzer, Nog
  • Isaac B Singer, Gimpel the Fool
  • Bernard Malamud, The Assistant
  • Bernard Malamud, The Magic Barrel
  • Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
  • Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano,
  • Samuel Beckett entire
  • Knut Hamsun, Hunger
  • Max Frisch, I’m Not Stiller
  • Max Frisch, Man in the Holocene
  • Dinesen, Seven Gothic Tales
  • Tommaso Landolfi, Gogol’s Wife
  • Thomas Pynchon, V
  • John Hawkes, The Lime Twig
  • John Hawkes, Blood Oranges
  • Paley, Little Disturbances
  • Paley, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute
  • Susan Sontag, I, Etc.
  • Tillie Olsen, Tell Me a Riddle
  • Campbell, Hero with a Thousand Faces
  • Bellow, Henderson the Rain King
  • John Updike, The Coup
  • John Updike, Rabbit, Run
  • The Paris Review interviews
  • Rust Hills (ed.), How We Live
  • Joe David Bellamy (ed.), Superfiction
  • Puschart Prize Anthologies
  • Sternburg (ed.), The Writer on Her Work
  • André Breton, Manifestos of Surrealism
  • Motherwell (ed.), Documents of Modern Art
  • Susan Sontag, Against Interpretation
  • Hugh Kenner, A Homemade World
  • Flaubert, Letters
  • Mamet, Sexual Perversity in Chicago
  • Joy Williams, The Changeling
  • Joe David Bellamy (ed.), The New Fiction
  • Tim O’Brien, Going After Cacciato
  • Amos Tutola, The Palm-Wine Drunkard
  • Ann Tyler, Searching for Caleb
  • Kenneth Koch, Thank You
  • Frank O’Hara, Collected Poems
  • John Ashbery, Rivers and Mountains
  • Wesley Brown, Tragic Magic
  • Roland Barthes, Mythologies
  • Barthes, The Pleasure of the Text
  • Robbe-Grillet, For a New Novel
  • Ann Beattie, Falling in Place
  • William Gass, In the Heart of the Heart of the Country
  • Gass, Fiction and the Figures of Life
  • Gass, The World Within the Word
  • Mailer, Advertisements for Myself
  • Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
  • Celine, Journey to the End of the Night
  • Kobo Abe, The Box Man
  • Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
  • Peter Handke, A Sorrow Beyond Dreams
  • Peter Handke, Kaspar and Other Plays
  • André Breton, Nadja
  • John Barth, Chimera
  • Walker Percy, The Moviegoer,
  • Jayne Anne Phillips, Black Tickets
  • Peter Taylor, Collected Stories
  • Colette, The Pure and the Impure
  • Carver, Will You Please be Quiet, Please
  • John Cheever, Collected Stories
  • Leonard Michaels, I Would Have Saved Them if I Could
  • Eudora Welty, Collected Stories
  • Max Apple, The Oranging of America
  • Flannery O’Connor, Collected Stories
  • Ishmael Reed, Mumbo Jumbo
  • Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon
  • Carlos Fuentes, The Death of Artemio Cruz
  • Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
  • Wayne C Booth, The Rhetoric of Fiction
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