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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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21199 Boo, Forever Comments and analysis of Boo, Forever by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
17654 Part 10 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 10 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
17250 December 30 Comments and analysis of December 30 by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
16319 My Nose Is Growing Old Comments and analysis of My Nose Is Growing Old by Richard Brautigan 10 Comments
14580 I Live In The Twentieth Century
14404 It's Raining In Love Comments and analysis of It's Raining In Love by Richard Brautigan 277 Comments
13728 Part 7 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 7 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
11355 Part 2 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 2 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 8 Comments
9498 Discovery Comments and analysis of Discovery by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
9288 The Fever Monument Comments and analysis of The Fever Monument by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
9284 Love Poem Comments and analysis of Love Poem by Richard Brautigan 251 Comments
9186 Color As Beginning
8871 We Stopped at Perfect Days
8800 Milk For The Duck
8314 The Shenevertakesherwatchoff Poem
8288 Coffee Comments and analysis of Coffee by Richard Brautigan 58 Comments
7867 Part 8 of Trout Fishing in America
7562 Part 4 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 4 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 21 Comments
7353 I Feel Horrible. She Doesn't Comments and analysis of I Feel Horrible. She Doesn't by Richard Brautigan 34 Comments
7338 Nine Things
6600 Please
6499 -2 Comments and analysis of -2 by Richard Brautigan 15 Comments
6004 30 Cents, Two Transfers, Love
5572 Less Time
5105 Part 9 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 9 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
3641 Donner Party Comments and analysis of Donner Party by Richard Brautigan 4 Comments
3496 To England
3008 Part 3 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 3 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 219 Comments
2894 15%
2584 AUTOBIOGRAPHY (POLISH IT LIKE A PIECE OF SILVER)
2514 Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 8 Comments
2313 The Beautiful Poem Comments and analysis of The Beautiful Poem by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
2225 Kafka's Hat Comments and analysis of Kafka's Hat by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
1785 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 16 Comments
1775 Surprise Comments and analysis of Surprise by Richard Brautigan 119 Comments
1658 Man Comments and analysis of Man by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
1476 At the California Institute of Technology Comments and analysis of At the California Institute of Technology by Richard Brautigan 9 Comments
1284 The Moon Versus Us Ever Sleeping Together Again
1260 Mating Saliva
1236 Just Because Comments and analysis of Just Because by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
1095 Deer Tracks Comments and analysis of Deer Tracks by Richard Brautigan 3 Comments
1010 San Francisco Comments and analysis of San Francisco by Richard Brautigan 11 Comments
961 All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace Comments and analysis of All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace by Richard Brautigan 71 Comments
914 Haiku Ambulance Comments and analysis of Haiku Ambulance by Richard Brautigan 3 Comments
809 Hinged To Forgetfulness Like A Door Comments and analysis of Hinged To Forgetfulness Like A Door by Richard Brautigan 5 Comments
720 Part 6 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 6 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 3 Comments
627 Xerox Candy Bar Comments and analysis of Xerox Candy Bar by Richard Brautigan 5 Comments
599 Yes, the Fish Music
511 Part 5 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 5 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 33 Comments
78 Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4 Comments and analysis of Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4 by Richard Brautigan 11 Comments
10 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
4 Romeo and Juliet Comments and analysis of Romeo and Juliet by Richard Brautigan 16 Comments
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