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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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Page ViewsPoemComments
21547 Romeo and Juliet Comments and analysis of Romeo and Juliet by Richard Brautigan 11 Comments
19231 Boo, Forever Comments and analysis of Boo, Forever by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
16677 Part 10 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 10 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
16209 December 30 Comments and analysis of December 30 by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
14893 My Nose Is Growing Old Comments and analysis of My Nose Is Growing Old by Richard Brautigan 9 Comments
13663 I Live In The Twentieth Century
13306 It's Raining In Love Comments and analysis of It's Raining In Love by Richard Brautigan 272 Comments
12702 Deer Tracks Comments and analysis of Deer Tracks by Richard Brautigan 3 Comments
12382 Part 7 of Trout Fishing in America
9736 Yes, the Fish Music
9491 Part 2 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 2 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 8 Comments
8699 Discovery Comments and analysis of Discovery by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
8286 Part 5 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 5 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 33 Comments
8198 Color As Beginning
8193 The Fever Monument Comments and analysis of The Fever Monument by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
8047 Love Poem Comments and analysis of Love Poem by Richard Brautigan 243 Comments
8044 I've Never Had It Done So Gently Before Comments and analysis of I've Never Had It Done So Gently Before by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
7933 We Stopped at Perfect Days
7591 Milk For The Duck
7278 Coffee Comments and analysis of Coffee by Richard Brautigan 45 Comments
6985 Part 8 of Trout Fishing in America
6881 The Shenevertakesherwatchoff Poem
6670 Xerox Candy Bar Comments and analysis of Xerox Candy Bar by Richard Brautigan 5 Comments
6392 Nine Things
5982 I Feel Horrible. She Doesn't Comments and analysis of I Feel Horrible. She Doesn't by Richard Brautigan 31 Comments
5931 Part 4 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 4 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 17 Comments
5803 Please
5745 Part 6 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 6 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 3 Comments
5514 -2 Comments and analysis of -2 by Richard Brautigan 15 Comments
5508 Hinged To Forgetfulness Like A Door Comments and analysis of Hinged To Forgetfulness Like A Door by Richard Brautigan 3 Comments
5094 30 Cents, Two Transfers, Love
4598 Less Time
4297 Part 9 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 9 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
3099 To England
1498 Part 3 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 3 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 218 Comments
1301 15%
1211 AUTOBIOGRAPHY (POLISH IT LIKE A PIECE OF SILVER)
1166 Haiku Ambulance Comments and analysis of Haiku Ambulance by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
1145 Donner Party Comments and analysis of Donner Party by Richard Brautigan 3 Comments
1122 Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 6 Comments
1027 Tournesol
1026 The Beautiful Poem Comments and analysis of The Beautiful Poem by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
803 Gee, You're So Beautiful That It's Starting To Rain Comments and analysis of Gee, You're So Beautiful That It's Starting To Rain by Richard Brautigan 10 Comments
800 Surprise Comments and analysis of Surprise by Richard Brautigan 114 Comments
774 Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4 Comments and analysis of Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4 by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
726 Kafka's Hat Comments and analysis of Kafka's Hat by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
587 Man Comments and analysis of Man by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
500 Mating Saliva
292 All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace Comments and analysis of All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace by Richard Brautigan 64 Comments
247 At the California Institute of Technology Comments and analysis of At the California Institute of Technology by Richard Brautigan 6 Comments
245 The Moon Versus Us Ever Sleeping Together Again
222 Just Because Comments and analysis of Just Because by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
126 San Francisco Comments and analysis of San Francisco by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments


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