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Who?

Richard Brautigan (1935-1984) was an American writer noted for his idiosyncratic yet easy-to-read prose style. Most popular during the late 1960s to early 1970s, Brautigan continues to attract readers. LEARN more.

What?

Curated, comprehensive information about Richard Brautigan's life, his novels, his poetry, his stories, his collected works, his recordings, his non-fiction writings, and poetic drawings. Also an extensive bibliography.

Why?

To provide comprehensive information about Richard Brautigan's life and writings under open access and Fair Use guidelines. LEARN more. doi.org/10.7273/nvgh-ca61. OCLC #1054104600.

Brautigan Portfolio

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Novels

Information and resources, background, publication, reviews and criticism for each Brautigan novel. LEARN more.

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Poetry

Information and resources, publication, reviews and criticism for Brautigan's poetry. LEARN more.

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Stories

Stories that read more like poetry than fiction. Exquisite little gems of imaginative writing. LEARN more.

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Collections

One set of collected works was published during Brautigan's lifetime. Three others after his death. LEARN more.

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Non-Fiction

Essays, reviews, blurbs, letters, and papers. These non-fiction writings read like Brautigan's prose and poetry. LEARN more.

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Recordings

Brautigan reads poems, stories, and chapters from novels on his record album Listening to Richard Brautigan. LEARN more.

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Change / Drawings

A single issue literary magazine with Ron Loewinsohn. Seven "poetic drawings" with Harry Hoogstraten. LEARN more.

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Screenplays

Brautigan was fascinated with movies. He wrote two screenplays and participated in movies. LEARN more.

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Teaching/Conferences

Brautigan taught writing courses and participated in educational seminars and conferences. LEARN more.

Brautigan Examples

He wore a costume of trout fishing in America. He wore mountains on his elbows and bluejays on the collar of his shirt. Deep water flowed through the lilies that were entwined about his shoelaces. A bullfrog kept croaking in his watch pocket and the air was filled with the sweet smell of ripe blackberry bushes.

— Trout Fishing in America

Brautigan News

New look for website

American Dust

website update by John Barber
New name adapted from refrain of Brautigan's novel, So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away. Updated look. Same mission—to provide comprehensive information—and purpose—to maintain memory of Richard Brautigan's life and writing. LEARN more.

Brautigan Armstrong Creek by Erik Weber

Seeing Richard

book by Erik Weber
From 1962 to 1978, Erik Weber photographed Brautigan on numerous occasions. His photographs show both the public and personal side of Brautigan. Weber has collected and published 200 photographs in this literary photobook. LEARN more.

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