Brautigan > Chronology

This node of the American Dust website provides comprehensive information about each decade of Richard Brautigan's life. Significant events are described. Links are provided to further information. Use the links below to learn more.

Chronology 1930s-1940s

Richard Brautigan was born in 1935, in Tacoma, Washington. During this decade he grew up in the Pacific Northwest, moved about the region with his family, and settled in Eugene, Oregon, where he attended middle school. LEARN more.

Chronology 1950s

Richard Brautigan's first poems were published early in the 1950s. After graduating from high school, he moved from his home in Eugene, Oregon, to San Francisco, California, where his first books of poetry were published, midway through the decade. LEARN more.

Chronology 1960s

Several of Brautigan's books were published during the 1960s, including Trout Fishing in America which catapulted him to international fame. He was invited to poetry readings around the country and during the Summer of Love, Brautigan was considered the one writer who best represented the sentiments of the countercultural movement centered in San Francisco. LEARN more.

Chronology 1970s

Brautigan reached the height of his literary success during the 1970s. His first collection of short stories, Revenge of the Lawn, was published, as was his best known collection of poetry, The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster. The novels he published during this decade all experimented with unusual literary genres. None followed in the path of his famous Trout Fishing in America. LEARN more.

Chronology 1980s

Richard Brautigan fell from favor with both critics and readers during the 1980s. His work was not well received. He divorced his second wife. He killed himself in 1984. His last novel, An Unfortunate Woman, was published post-humously, as was a collection of his early writings, The Edna Webster Collection of Undiscovered Writings. Brautigan's work continues to draw a dedicated body of international readers, scholars, and fans. LEARN more.