Snow White


In a 1971–72 Interview with Jerome Klinkowitz (now collected in Not-Knowing), Barthelme provides a list of favorite writers, both influential figures from the past and contemporary writers he admired. Throughout other interviews in the same collection, Barthelme reiterates a number of the same names and also mentions several others, occasionally expanding on why these writers were important for him. In a 1975 Interview for Pacifica Radio, Barthelme stresses that, for him, Beckett is foremost among his literary predecessors: "I'm enormously impressed by Beckett. I'm just overwhelmed by Beckett, as Beckett was, I speculate, by Joyce".[10] What follows is a partial list gleaned from the interviews.

  • François Rabelais
  • Arthur Rimbaud
  • Heinrich von Kleist
  • Franz Kafka
  • Gertrude Stein
  • Flann O'Brien
  • Samuel Beckett
  • William H. Gass
  • Rafael Sabatini
  • S. J. Perelman
  • Ann Beattie
  • Walker Percy
  • Gabriel García Márquez
  • John Barth
  • Thomas Pynchon
  • Kenneth Koch
  • John Ashbery
  • Grace Paley
  • Machado de Assis

Barthelme was also quite interested in and influenced by a number of contemporary artists.

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