Donald Barthelme (1931–1989) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Houston, Texas. After being drafted into the military in 1953, he arrived in Korea on the day the fighting stopped. Barthelme’s literary career began in 1964 with the publication of his first short story collection, Come Back, Dr. Caligari. In his career, Barthelme produced almost a dozen short story collections, four novels, and other works. Barthelme has received many literary awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1966, National Book Award for Children’s Books in 1972, and the Rea Award for the Short Story in 1988. He was also one of the founders of the prestigious Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston, where he was known as an encouraging mentor to young creative writing students.
EMC is proud to feature the work of Donald Barthelme within Mirrors & Windows. Barthelme's short story, "Game", is featured in Unit 8 of Mirrors & Windows Level 6/Grade 11. Here is a sample from the Student Edition: