Steven Barthelme

Steven Barthelme (born 1947) is the author of numerous short stories and essays. His published works include And He Tells the Little Horse the Whole Story, Double Down: Reflections on Gambling and Loss (with brother Frederick Barthelme), and The Early Posthumous Work (essays which originally appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times, Oxford American, Elle Decor, and other publications). His brothers Donald and Frederick also became notable authors. His father, Donald Barthelme, Sr., was a well-known modernist architect in Houston.

Steven Barthelme at the 2012 Texas Book Festival

He won Pushcart Prizes in 1993 and 2005, and in 2004 he won the Texas Institute of Letters Short Story Award for work published in Yale Review.[1] Barthelme is said to write in a distinctive "post-Southern" style.[2]

He is the former director of The Center for Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi.[3]



  • And He Tells the Little Horse the Whole Story. Johns Hopkins, 1987.
  • The Early Posthumous Work. Red Hen Press, 2010.
  • Hush Hush: Stories. Melville House, 2012.


  • 'White Guy.' Brevity, 2011.[4]
  • 'Talent and Fifty Cents'. Essay Daily, 2014
  • Double Down: Reflections on Gambling and Loss. Houghton Mifflin, 1999.


  • Pushcart Prize, short story, "Claire," from Yale Review, 2005
  • Listed in "100 Distinguished Short Stories" Best American Short Stories 2004, 2004
  • Texas Institute of Letters, Short Story Award. "Claire," 2004
  • Mississippi Arts Commission Artist's Fellowship, Fiction, 2000
  • Texas Institute of Letters, O.Henry Award for Magazine Journalism, "Good Losers" [from The New Yorker, co-authored with Frederick Barthelme], 2000[5]


  1. ^ "MWP: Steve Barthelme (1947–)".
  2. ^ "Eudora Welty Series".
  3. ^ "Faculty Publications since 1990". Archived from the original on May 2, 2007. Retrieved April 2, 2009.
  4. ^ "White Guy".
  5. ^ "Publications and Awards: Steven Barthelme".

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