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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
21055 Romeo and Juliet Comments and analysis of Romeo and Juliet by Richard Brautigan 11 Comments
19060 Boo, Forever Comments and analysis of Boo, Forever by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
16418 Part 10 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 10 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
15987 December 30 Comments and analysis of December 30 by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
14725 My Nose Is Growing Old Comments and analysis of My Nose Is Growing Old by Richard Brautigan 9 Comments
13490 I Live In The Twentieth Century
12521 Deer Tracks Comments and analysis of Deer Tracks by Richard Brautigan 3 Comments
12186 Part 7 of Trout Fishing in America
10707 At the California Institute of Technology Comments and analysis of At the California Institute of Technology by Richard Brautigan 6 Comments
9590 Yes, the Fish Music
9200 Part 2 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 2 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 8 Comments
8536 Discovery Comments and analysis of Discovery by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
8150 Part 5 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 5 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 33 Comments
8066 Color As Beginning
8014 The Fever Monument Comments and analysis of The Fever Monument by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
7929 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
7874 Love Poem Comments and analysis of Love Poem by Richard Brautigan 243 Comments
7797 We Stopped at Perfect Days
7375 Milk For The Duck
7127 The Moon Versus Us Ever Sleeping Together Again
7067 Coffee Comments and analysis of Coffee by Richard Brautigan 42 Comments
6839 Part 8 of Trout Fishing in America
6663 The Shenevertakesherwatchoff Poem
6608 Xerox Candy Bar Comments and analysis of Xerox Candy Bar by Richard Brautigan 5 Comments
6281 Nine Things
5828 I Feel Horrible. She Doesn't Comments and analysis of I Feel Horrible. She Doesn't by Richard Brautigan 31 Comments
5704 Part 4 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 4 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 17 Comments
5695 Please
5614 San Francisco Comments and analysis of San Francisco by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
5539 Part 6 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 6 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 3 Comments
5397 Hinged To Forgetfulness Like A Door Comments and analysis of Hinged To Forgetfulness Like A Door by Richard Brautigan 3 Comments
5362 -2 Comments and analysis of -2 by Richard Brautigan 14 Comments
4985 30 Cents, Two Transfers, Love
4514 Less Time
4178 Part 9 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 9 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
3021 To England
1869 Kafka's Hat Comments and analysis of Kafka's Hat by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
1238 15%
1233 Part 3 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 3 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 218 Comments
1091 Haiku Ambulance Comments and analysis of Haiku Ambulance by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
1063 AUTOBIOGRAPHY (POLISH IT LIKE A PIECE OF SILVER)
974 Donner Party Comments and analysis of Donner Party by Richard Brautigan 3 Comments
971 Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 6 Comments
875 The Beautiful Poem Comments and analysis of The Beautiful Poem by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
822 Tournesol
692 Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4 Comments and analysis of Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4 by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
638 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
575 Surprise Comments and analysis of Surprise by Richard Brautigan 110 Comments
461 Man Comments and analysis of Man by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
261 Mating Saliva
205 It's Raining In Love Comments and analysis of It's Raining In Love by Richard Brautigan 266 Comments
121 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
78 Just Because Comments and analysis of Just Because by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment


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