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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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22259 Romeo and Juliet Comments and analysis of Romeo and Juliet by Richard Brautigan 14 Comments
20240 Boo, Forever Comments and analysis of Boo, Forever by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
17174 Part 10 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 10 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
16681 December 30 Comments and analysis of December 30 by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
15585 My Nose Is Growing Old Comments and analysis of My Nose Is Growing Old by Richard Brautigan 10 Comments
14102 I Live In The Twentieth Century
13808 It's Raining In Love Comments and analysis of It's Raining In Love by Richard Brautigan 276 Comments
12876 Part 7 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 7 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
10183 Part 2 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 2 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 8 Comments
9118 Discovery Comments and analysis of Discovery by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
8708 The Fever Monument Comments and analysis of The Fever Monument by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
8698 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
8666 Love Poem Comments and analysis of Love Poem by Richard Brautigan 248 Comments
8662 Color As Beginning
8378 We Stopped at Perfect Days
8272 Milk For The Duck
7806 Coffee Comments and analysis of Coffee by Richard Brautigan 55 Comments
7692 The Shenevertakesherwatchoff Poem
7438 Part 8 of Trout Fishing in America
6891 Nine Things
6471 I Feel Horrible. She Doesn't Comments and analysis of I Feel Horrible. She Doesn't by Richard Brautigan 32 Comments
6426 Part 4 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 4 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 19 Comments
6267 Please
5924 -2 Comments and analysis of -2 by Richard Brautigan 15 Comments
5544 30 Cents, Two Transfers, Love
5023 Less Time
4684 Part 9 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 9 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
3262 To England
2034 Part 3 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 3 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 219 Comments
1991 15%
1844 AUTOBIOGRAPHY (POLISH IT LIKE A PIECE OF SILVER)
1833 Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 7 Comments
1629 Donner Party Comments and analysis of Donner Party by Richard Brautigan 3 Comments
1618 Tournesol
1546 The Beautiful Poem Comments and analysis of The Beautiful Poem by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
1248 Surprise Comments and analysis of Surprise by Richard Brautigan 117 Comments
1159 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 14 Comments
1151 Man Comments and analysis of Man by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
1139 Kafka's Hat Comments and analysis of Kafka's Hat by Richard Brautigan 2 Comments
1137 Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4 Comments and analysis of Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4 by Richard Brautigan 4 Comments
927 At the California Institute of Technology Comments and analysis of At the California Institute of Technology by Richard Brautigan 8 Comments
864 Mating Saliva
786 The Moon Versus Us Ever Sleeping Together Again
624 Just Because Comments and analysis of Just Because by Richard Brautigan 1 Comment
579 San Francisco Comments and analysis of San Francisco by Richard Brautigan 10 Comments
397 Deer Tracks Comments and analysis of Deer Tracks by Richard Brautigan 3 Comments
383 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
208 Yes, the Fish Music
201 Hinged To Forgetfulness Like A Door Comments and analysis of Hinged To Forgetfulness Like A Door by Richard Brautigan 4 Comments
189 Part 5 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 5 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 33 Comments
131 Xerox Candy Bar Comments and analysis of Xerox Candy Bar by Richard Brautigan 5 Comments
94 Haiku Ambulance Comments and analysis of Haiku Ambulance by Richard Brautigan 3 Comments
35 Part 6 of Trout Fishing in America Comments and analysis of Part 6 of Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan 3 Comments


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