Brautigan > Novels

This node of the American Dust website (formerly Brautigan Bibliography and Archive) provides comprehensive information about Richard Brautigan's novels. Brautigan published ten novels during his lifetime. One was published after his death. Publication and background information is provided, along with reviews, many with full text. Use the menu tabs below to learn more.



In each of his eleven published novels, Richard Brautigan is noted for his
Detached, anonymous first person point of view
Idiosyncratic, autobiographical, quirky, yet easy-to-read prose style
Episodic narrative structure full of unconventional but vivid images powered by imagination, strange and detailed observational metaphors, humor, and satire
All presented in a seemingly simplistic, childlike manner.

By his own account, this unique style evolved from his efforts to write poetry.

"One day when I was twenty-five years old, I looked down and realized that I could write a sentence. Let's try one of those classic good-bye lines, "I don't think we should see so much of each other any more because I think we're getting a little too serious," which really meant that I wrote my first novel Trout Fishing in America and followed it with three other novels."
— Richard Brautigan. "Old Lady." The San Francisco Poets. Edited by David Meltzer. Ballantine Books, 1971, pp. 293-294.

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