Donald Barthelme was born in Philadelphia in 1931. He is the author of four novels and over 10 short story collections, including Come Back, Dr. Caligari (1964) and Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Acts (1968). He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Book Award for children’s literature, and the PEN/Faulkner Award for his collection Sixty Stories (1981). He taught in the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, and served as a Distinguishing Visiting Professor of English at the City College of New York. Barthelme died in 1989.