The South looms large in Frederick Barthelme’s work because he is a Southerner. Born October 10, 1943, in Houston, Texas, Barthelme has lived in the South for most of his life, and his Southern roots inform his perceptions of character and place. As befitting a contemporary artist, Barthelme’s education was quite eclectic. He attended Tulane University from 1961-62 and the University of Houston from 1962-65. After a short hiatus, while he studied at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas from 1965-1966, he returned to the University of Houston from 1966-67. In 1965, with friend Mayo Thompson, Barthelme, a drummer, started a band called the Red Crayola, which recorded three LPs under that name: Parable of Arable Land,
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Ambrozic, Alex. "Frederick Barthelme". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 October 2009
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