Brautigan > Dreaming of Babylon

This node of the American Dust website (formerly Brautigan Bibliography and Archive) provides comprehensive information about Richard Brautigan's Dreaming of Babylon: A Private Eye Novel 1942. Published in 1977, this was Brautigan's eighth published novel. It parodied hard-boiled Grade-B detective stories. Publication and background information is provided, along with reviews, many with full text. Use the menu tabs below to learn more.

          

Background

First published in 1977, Dreaming of Babylon was Richard Brautigan's eighth published novel and the fourth to parody a literary genre. Subtitled "A Private Eye Novel 1942" it parodied hard-boiled Grade-B detective stories.

Dedication

This one is for Helen Brann
with love from Richard.

Helen Brann was Brautigan's literary agent. She began to represent Brautigan while working at The Sterling Lord Agency, and he continued with her when she opened her own agency, The Helen Brann Agency.

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