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Biography of Richard Brautigan

Richard Brautigan

Richard Brautigan (1935 - 1984)

Richard Brautigan (January 30, 1935 - September 1984) was an American writer.

He was born in Tacoma, Washington and is best known for the works he produced while living in San Francisco in 1960s, where he became Poet-in-Residence at California Institute of Technology in 1967.
Richard Brautigan committed suicide in Bolinas, California at the age of forty-nine.

Brautigan's prose and poetry often delt with the tenuous and often impossible relationships a person tries to form with the world. Whether it is by history (A Confederate General from Big Sur), geography and time (The Tokyo-Montana Express), or memory (Sombrero Fallout), Brautigan's gentle protagonist/narrators often find their plans thwarted by the sometimes inexplicable vicissitudes of existence. Sometimes solace can be found in either a new love (The Abortion) or just a casual participation in the world (In Watermelon Sugar) which can offer a kind of stability to living.

Brautigan's writings are also characterized a remarkable and often humorous imagination. The permiation of very inventive metaphoric approximations lend even his prose works the feeling of poetry. Brautigan's work became identified with the counterculture youth movement of the late 1960's. Brautigan's eccentirc appearance and manner did not help to dissuade this conception of him and his work but the designation, "hippie author" doesn't seem to fit a writer whose work is so full of melancholy and a preoccupation with death and change. The critical backlash of the late 1970s and early 1980s did much to hasten his suicide. Brautigan once wrote, "All of us have a place in history. Mine is clouds."


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53 Poems written by Richard Brautigan

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1. Comments and analysis of Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4 by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
For Marcia
This poem was found written on a paper bag by Richard Comments and analysis of San Francisco by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
ANOTHER METHOD Comments and analysis of Part 2 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 7 Comments
THE AUTOPSY OF Comments and analysis of Part 4 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 16 Comments
THE PUDDING MASTER OF
A RETURN TO THE COVER OF
SANDBOX MINUS JOHN
SEA, SEA RIDER Comments and analysis of Part 3 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 214 Comments
THE HUNCHBACK TROUT Comments and analysis of Part 6 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 3 Comments
WITNESS FOR TROUT FISHING Comments and analysis of Part 10 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
WORSEWICK Comments and analysis of Part 5 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 32 Comments
A girl in a green mini-
a novel by Richard Brautigan Comments and analysis of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 5 Comments
A piece of green pepper Comments and analysis of Haiku Ambulance by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
A trout-colored wind blows
Ah, Comments and analysis of Xerox Candy Bar by Richard Brautigan 5 Comments
At 1:30 in the morning a fart Comments and analysis of December 30 by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
Beautiful, sobbing Comments and analysis of Deer Tracks by Richard Brautigan 3 Comments
Do you think of me
Everybody wants to go to bed Comments and analysis of -2 by Richard Brautigan 12 Comments
Forget love
Forsaken, fucking in the cold, Comments and analysis of Donner Party by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
Hinged to forgetfulness Comments and analysis of Hinged To Forgetfulness Like A Door by Richard Brautigan 3 Comments
I am standing in the cemetery at Byrds, Texas.
I don't care how God-damn smart Comments and analysis of At the California Institute of Technology by Richard Brautigan 6 Comments
I don't know what it is, Comments and analysis of It's Raining In Love by Richard Brautigan 264 Comments
I feel horrible. She doesn't Comments and analysis of I Feel Horrible. She Doesn't by Richard Brautigan 30 Comments
I go to bed in Los Angeles thinking Comments and analysis of The Beautiful Poem by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
I lift the toliet seat Comments and analysis of Surprise by Richard Brautigan 110 Comments
I like to think (and Comments and analysis of All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace by Richard Brautigan 63 Comments
I live in the Twentieth Century
I sit here, an arch-villain of romance,
I walked across the park to the fever monument. Comments and analysis of The Fever Monument by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
If you will die for me, Comments and analysis of Romeo and Juliet by Richard Brautigan 8 Comments
It's night
It's so nice Comments and analysis of Love Poem by Richard Brautigan 240 Comments
Just because Comments and analysis of Just Because by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
La voyageuse qui traverse les Halles à la tombée de l'été
Less time than it takes to say it, less tears than it takes to die; I've taken account
Oh, Marcia, Comments and analysis of Gee, You're So Beautiful That It's Starting To Rain by Richard Brautigan 8 Comments
she tries to get things
Sometimes life is merely a matter of coffee and whatever intimacy a cup of coffee Comments and analysis of Coffee by Richard Brautigan 42 Comments
Spinning like a ghost Comments and analysis of Boo, Forever by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
The petals of the vagina unfold Comments and analysis of Discovery by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
The sweet juices of your mouth Comments and analysis of I've Never Had It Done So Gently Before by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
There are no postage stamps that send letters
Thinking hard about you
We stopped at perfect days
With his hat on Comments and analysis of Man by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
With the rain falling Comments and analysis of Kafka's Hat by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
Yup. Comments and analysis of My Nose Is Growing Old by Richard Brautigan 9 Comments
ZAP!


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