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Frederick Barthelme

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Fredrick Barthelme
Born (1943-10-10) October 10, 1943 (age 80)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Alma materJohns Hopkins University

Fredrick Barthelme (born October 10, 1943) is an American novelist and short story writer of minimalist fiction. He is the director of the Center For Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi and editor of the literary journal Mississippi Review. He is currently the editor of New World Writing[1] (formerly Blip Magazine)[2]

Early life


Barthelme was born in Houston, Texas.[2] He was a founding member of the Avant-garde experimental rock band The Red Krayola, and left the band to pursue writing and conceptual art in New York.[3] He became a novelist like his brother, Donald Barthelme.[4][5]



Barthelme's works focus on the landscape of the New South. Along with his reputation as a minimalist (similar to Raymond Carver, Ann Beattie, Amy Hempel, and Mary Robison), Barthelme's work has also been described by terms such as "dirty realism" and "Kmart realism".[6] He published his first short story in The New Yorker.[7]

Barthelme was the editor of Mississippi Review[8]for 3 years, a magazine known for recognizing and publishing once new talents such as Larry Brown, Curtis Sittenfeld, and Amy Hempel early in their careers. Issues of Mississippi Review have been guest-edited by authors Rick Moody and Mary Robison among others.






  • War and War 1971.
  • Second Marriage New York: Simon & Schuster, 1984.
  • Tracer New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985.
  • Two Against One New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1988.
  • Natural Selection New York: Viking, 1989.
  • The Brothers New York: Viking, 1993.
  • Painted Desert New York: Viking, 1995.
  • Bob the Gambler Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1997.
  • Elroy Nights Cambridge: Counterpoint, 2003.
  • Waveland New York: Doubleday, 2009.
  • There Must Be Some Mistake New York: Little Brown, 2014.

Story collections

  • Rangoon 1970.
  • Moon Deluxe Simon & Schuster, 1983.
  • Chroma Simon & Schuster, 1987.
  • The Law of Averages: New & Selected Stories Counterpoint, 2000.
  • "trip" (text) photographs by Susan Lipper Powerhouse Books, 1998.


  • (With Steven Barthelme) Double Down: Reflections on Gambling and Loss. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999.


  • Second Marriage 1985.
  • Tracer 1986.


  1. ^ "Our Name Change". December 13, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Fredrick Barthelme". The Mississippi Writers Page. The University of Mississippi, English Department. November 11, 2008. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  3. ^ "Mayo Thompson Interview Part 1".
  4. ^ The Red Krayola - The Parable of Arable Land/God Bless the Red Krayola & All Who Sail with It Album Reviews, Songs & More | AllMusic, retrieved 2023-05-03
  5. ^ "The Red Krayola: The Parable of Arable Land / God Bless The Red Krayola and All Who Sail with It". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2023-05-01.
  6. ^ "Southernscribe.com". www.southernscribe.com.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2020-02-18.{{cite magazine}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Barthelme's Departure Leaves the 'Mississippi Review' in Limbo - PageView - the Chronicle of Higher Education". Archived from the original on 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2010-07-21.

Further reading

  • Brinkmeyer, Robert H. "Suburban Culture, Imaginative Wonder: The Fiction of Frederick Barthelme." Studies in the Literary Imagination 27 (Fall 1994): 105–1.
  • Hughes, John C. The Novels and Short Stories of Frederick Barthelme: A Literary Critical Analysis. Lewiston: Mellen: 2005. ISBN 0773461779
  • Peters, Timothy. "The Eighties Pastoral: Frederick Barthelme's Moon Deluxe Ten Years On." Studies in Short Fiction 31.2 (Spring 1994): 175–95.