Richard Brautigan

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Date of Birth January 30, 1935
Place of Birth Tacoma, Washington
Date of Death Sep 14, 1984 (49)
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Richard Brautigan

Richard Gary Brautigan was an American novelist, poet, and short story writer. His work often clinically and surrealistically employs black comedy, parody, and satire, with emotionally blunt prose describing pastoral American life intertwining with technological progress. He is best known for his novels Trout Fishing in America and In Watermelon Sugar. Brautigan began his career as a poet, with his first collection being published in 1957. He made his debut as a novelist with A Confederate General from Big Sur, about a seemingly delusional man who believes himself to be the descendant of a Confederate general. Brautigan would go on to publish numerous prose and poetry collections until 1982. He committed suicide in 1984.

Born: January 30, 1935, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Died: ca. September 16, 1984, Bolinas, California, U.S.
Occupation: Novelist, poet, short story writer
Nationality: American
Genre: Magic realism, fabulation, black comedy, satire, psychological fiction
Literary movement: Postmodernism
Notable works: Trout Fishing in America (1967), In Watermelon Sugar (1968), Willard and His Bowling Trophies: A Perverse Mystery (1975)
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About Richard Brautigan

An American fiction writer and poet known for his frequent use of satire, black comedy, and parody, he is most famous for his 1967 novel, Trout Fishing in America. His other well-known works include In Watermelon Sugar (1968) and The Tokyo-Montana Express (1980).

Before Fame

He grew up in the Pacific Northwest and wrote for his Oregon high school's newspaper during his teenage years. In 1955, he was diagnosed with both clinical depression and paranoid schizophrenia.


He died of a self-inflicted .44 Magnum gunshot wound to the head.

Family Life

He was born in Tacoma, Washington to a factory worker father and a waitress mother. In 1957, he married Virginia Dionne Alder; together, the couple had one daughter.


He and Susan Eldridge both grew up in the Pacific Northwest.

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