Richard Brautigan

Born: Jan.30, 1935 Tacoma, Washington

Died: October 1984 (apparent suicide)

A premier artist of the 60's counterculture

"...his work features eccentric plots related by gentle, self-depracating narrators." *


I've read all of Brautigan's novels.

I loved each and every one for different reasons. Brautigan was amazing.

He had wit, humour, sensitivity and an incredible imagination. Too bad he wasn't happy.






Prose


  • Trout Fishing In America
  • A Confederate General From Big Sur
  • In Watermelon Sugar
  • The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966
  • Revenge Of The Lawn
  • The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western
  • Willard and His Bowling Trophies: A Perverse Mystery
  • Sombrero Fallout: A Japanese Novel
  • Dreaming of Babylon: A Private Eye Novel 1942
  • The Tokyo-Montana Express
  • So The Wind Won't Blow It All Away
  • An Unfortunate Woman


Poetry


  • The Galilee Hitch-Hiker
  • Lay the Marble Tea
  • The Octopus Frontier
  • All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace
  • Please Plant This Book
  • The Pill Versus The Springhill Mine Disaster
  • Rommel Drives on Deep into Egypt
  • Loading Mercury with a Pitchfork
  • June 30th, June 30th


I received the following email from Ted Latty which contained some interesting info:


"Although you may be aware of Brautigan's earliest works, they were not on your list. They include his first appearance in "Four New Poets", Inferno Press (1957); and "The Return of the Rivers", Inferno Press (1957). Four New Poets included the poems "The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth's Beer Bottles", "The Mortuary Bush", "Twelve Roman Soldiers and an Oatmeal Cookie" and "Gifts."

"The Return of the Rivers was Brautigan's first solo publication. It is a single poem of two pages, and only 15 copies were published.

"You may also know that "The Galilee Hitch-Hiker was first published in 1958 by The White Rabbit Press, limited to 200 copies. It was reprinted by David Sandberg at The Cranium Press in 1966 in an edition of 700 copies with a limited run of an additional 16 copies signed by Brautigan.

"And if you really want to get into the esoterica, Brautigan also self-published a work in 1968 entitled "The San Francisco Library: A Publishing House." It was published with Victor Moscoso and Jack Thibeau and consisted of three wet-processed photocopy pages which included the poem "Mrs.Myrtle Tate, Movie Projectionist" by Brautigan. Fewer than 10 copies are thought to exist.

"Lastly, in 1974, The Cowell Press published the magnificent "Seven Watermelon Suns," a collection of seven broadside poems by Brautigan with embossed, color etchings by Ellen Meske. Only 10 copies were published.

"Hope you find these interesting."

Ted Latty.


Ianthe Brautigan (Richard's daughter) has released "You Can't Catch Death - A Daughter's Memoir".