A Donald Barthelme Collection


Title:  Amateurs
Printing:  First
Year of publication:  1976
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux
City:  New York
Number of Pages:  184
Cover:  hardback
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number:  76-40032




Table of contents
  1. Our Work And Why We Do It
  2. The Wound
  3. 110 West Sixty-first Street
  4. Some Of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby
  5. The School
  6. The Great Hug
  7. I Bought A Little City
  8. The Agreement
  9. The Sergeant
  10. What To Do Next
  11. The Captured Woman
  12. And Then
  13. Porcupines At The University
  14. The Educational Experience
  15. The Discovery
  16. Rebecca
  17. The Reference
  18. The New Member
  19. You Are As Brave As Vincent Van Gogh
  20. At The End Of The Mechanical Age




beginning:

As admirable volume after admirable volume tumbled from the sweating presses...

The pressmen wiped their black hands on their pants and adjusted the web, giving it just a little more impression on teh right side, where little specks of white had started to appear in the crisp, carefully justisfied black prose.

I picked up the hammer and said into the telephone, "Well, if he comes around here he's going to get a face full of hammer.

"A four-pound hammer can mess up a boy's face pretty bad

"A four-pound hammer can make a bloody rubbish of a boy's face."

I hung up and went into the ink room to see if we had enough ink for the rest of the night's runs.