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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
20923 Romeo and Juliet Comments and analysis of Romeo and Juliet by Richard Brautigan 8 Comments
18611 Boo, Forever Comments and analysis of Boo, Forever by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
16264 Part 10 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 10 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
15677 December 30 Comments and analysis of December 30 by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
14439 My Nose Is Growing Old Comments and analysis of My Nose Is Growing Old by Richard Brautigan 9 Comments
13302 I Live In The Twentieth Century
12825 It's Raining In Love Comments and analysis of It's Raining In Love by Richard Brautigan 264 Comments
12235 Deer Tracks Comments and analysis of Deer Tracks by Richard Brautigan 3 Comments
11953 Part 7 of Trout Fishing in America
10502 At the California Institute of Technology Comments and analysis of At the California Institute of Technology by Richard Brautigan 6 Comments
9454 Yes, the Fish Music
8876 Part 2 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 2 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 7 Comments
8463 Discovery Comments and analysis of Discovery by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
8010 Part 5 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 5 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 32 Comments
7928 The Fever Monument Comments and analysis of The Fever Monument by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
7891 Color As Beginning
7771 Love Poem Comments and analysis of Love Poem by Richard Brautigan 241 Comments
7700 We Stopped at Perfect Days
7218 Milk For The Duck
6972 The Moon Versus Us Ever Sleeping Together Again
6908 Coffee Comments and analysis of Coffee by Richard Brautigan 42 Comments
6709 Part 8 of Trout Fishing in America
6453 The Shenevertakesherwatchoff Poem
6425 Xerox Candy Bar Comments and analysis of Xerox Candy Bar by Richard Brautigan 5 Comments
6100 Nine Things
6088 Just Because Comments and analysis of Just Because by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
5653 I Feel Horrible. She Doesn't Comments and analysis of I Feel Horrible. She Doesn't by Richard Brautigan 30 Comments
5645 San Francisco Comments and analysis of San Francisco by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
5573 Please
5461 Part 4 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 4 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 16 Comments
5273 Part 6 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 6 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 3 Comments
5246 Hinged To Forgetfulness Like A Door Comments and analysis of Hinged To Forgetfulness Like A Door by Richard Brautigan 3 Comments
5171 -2 Comments and analysis of -2 by Richard Brautigan 12 Comments
4884 30 Cents, Two Transfers, Love
4377 Less Time
4012 Part 9 of Trout Fishing in America
2959 To England
1439 Kafka's Hat Comments and analysis of Kafka's Hat by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
962 15%
932 Part 3 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 3 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 214 Comments
834 Haiku Ambulance Comments and analysis of Haiku Ambulance by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
782 Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 5 Comments
765 AUTOBIOGRAPHY (POLISH IT LIKE A PIECE OF SILVER)
734 Donner Party Comments and analysis of Donner Party by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
681 Tournesol
657 The Beautiful Poem Comments and analysis of The Beautiful Poem by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
652 All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace Comments and analysis of All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace by Richard Brautigan 63 Comments
480 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 8 Comments
466 Surprise Comments and analysis of Surprise by Richard Brautigan 110 Comments
339 Man Comments and analysis of Man by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
131 Mating Saliva
20 Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4 Comments and analysis of Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4 by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
14 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


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