Richard Brautigan

Richard Brautigan

Richard Brautigan was born in Tacoma, Washington where he spent much of his youth, before moving to San Francisco where he became involved with other writers in the Beat Movement. During the Sixties he became one of the most prolific and prominent members of the conter-cultural movement, and wrote some of his most famous novels including Trout Fishing in America, Sombrero Fallout and A Confederate General from Big Sur.
He was found dead in 1984, aged 49, beside a bottle of alcohol and a .44 calibre gun.
His daughter, Ianthe Brautigan, has written a biography of her father, You Can’t Catch Death .



The old drunk told me about trout fishing. When he could talk, he had a way of describing trout as if they were a precious and intelligent metal

Trout Fishing in America

Richard Brautigan

'It’s very hard to live in a studio apartment in San Jose with a man who’s learning to play the violin.’ That’s what she told the police when she handed them the empty revolver

Revenge of the Lawn

Richard Brautigan