Brautigan, Richard

Brautigan, Richard

(brô`təgăn), 1935–84, American novelist and poet, b. Tacoma, Wash. He was a counterculture hero of the 1960s and 70s, and his work is an indictment of America's cultural environment. Influenced by writers of the beat generationbeat generation,
term applied to certain American artists and writers who were popular during the 1950s. Essentially anarchic, members of the beat generation rejected traditional social and artistic forms.
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, he exhibits a hippie sensibility and countercultural voice in his extremely original and loosely constructed fiction, his gently passive protagonists, his droll sense of comedy, and the touch of the surreal that often marks his work. His first novel, A Confederate General from Big Sur (1964), was followed by the plotless Trout Fishing in America (written 1961, pub. 1967, pub. nationally 1969), which became a national best seller. Other novels include In Watermelon Sugar (1968), Dreaming of Babylon (1977), and The Tokyo-Montana Express (1980). Brautigan also wrote short stories, many collected in Revenge of the Lawn (1971). Among his volumes of poetry are The Pill Versus the Springfield Mine Disaster (1968) and Loading Mercury with a Pitchfork (1976). Brautigan committed suicide in 1984. A book of poems and stories (1999) and a novel-journal (2000) were published posthumously.

Bibliography

See K. Abbott, Downstream from Trout Fishing in America (1989) and I. Brautigan, You Can't Catch Death (2000); biography by W. Hjortsberg (2012); studies by M. Chénetier (1983), E. H. Foster (1983), C. Grossman (1986), and J. Boyer (1987); annotated bibliography by J. F. Barber (1990).

Brautigan, Richard

(?1935–84) writer; born in Tacoma, Wash. He became a cult figure in the 1960s as one of the San Francisco poets and embodiment of the 1960s counterculture. He wrote surrealistically random novels and poems about alienation. His books include the novel, Trout Fishing in America (1967), and the collection of poems, The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster (1968). Disheartened by public indifference to his later works, he committed suicide in 1984.
References in periodicals archive ?
Brautigan, Richard. An Unfortunate Woman: A Journey.
Brautigan, Richard. "The Lost Chapters of Trout Fishing in America." Esquire 74.4 (October 1970): 152.
Brautigan, Richard. The Edna Webster Collection of Undiscovered Writings.