(born October 10, 1943) is an American novelist
and short story author
, well known as one of the seminal writers of minimalist fiction. Alongside his personal publishing history, his position as Director of The Center For Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi
and Editor of the nationally prominent literary journal Mississippi Review
(1977 - 2010) have placed him at the forefront of the contemporary American literary scene.
Barthelme was born in Houston, Texas. His father, Donald Barthelme, Sr.
, was a well-known and highly active Modernist
architect in the city. The atmosphere of intellectual and aesthetic vigor encouraged by their father, pervasive in Barthelme family life, is described in Double Down
, a memoir co-written by Frederick and his brother, Steven
. His other brothers, Donald
and Peter, emerged from the creative household to become authors as well. Frederick pursued his widely-ranging talents in multiple creative fields, including painting and music: he was a founding member of the avant-garde psychedelic rock
band The Red Krayola
. He eventually chose to focus on fiction writing: receiving his M.A. in creative writing
from Johns Hopkins University
, where he studied with the influential novelist John Barth
Barthelme's works are known for their focus on the landscape of the......