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First published in 1975, Willard and His Bowling Trophies was Richard Brautigan's sixth published novel and the second to parody a literary genre: sado-masochism in this case. The novel, as all others by Brautigan, dealt with the isolation of people from each other.

Inspiration for the Novel
In real life, Willard was a papier máché sculpture, a bird about three feet high painted red, white, and orange with big, round eyes, a pot belly, and long beak created by Brautigan's friend Stanley Fullerton as a satire of Brautigan's resemblance of a stork. Fullerton gave the sculpture to Price Dunn who named it "Willard" and placed it on a shelf in his Pacific Grove, California, home. Price and his brother, Bruce, added bowling trophies left over from one of their moving business jobs, creating a shrine for Willard. When Brautigan visited Dunn in 1967 he was enamored of Willard and he and Dunn developed a spontaneous fantasy concerning his background and life. At the end of his visit, Brautigan took Willard to San Francisco. Whenever Dunn visited Brautigan they turned the fantasy surrounding Willard into a game, each working out elaborate ways of leaving the other stuck with Willard. As Brautigan saw Dunn less frequently, he continued the game with other friends as well, leaving Willard with Curt Gentry when he traveled to Japan in the 1970s. Later, Brautigan gave Willard to actor friend Terry McGovern, who currently keeps the sculpture in his home.

Front cover New York: Simon and Schuster, 1975
5.25" x 8.25"; 167 pages; ISBN 0-671-22065-9
Hard Cover, with dust jacket
Brown cloth boards; Tan gilt titles on spine; Tan endpapers
Front dust jacket color illustration by Wendell Minor
Book designed by Elizabeth Woll

Back cover Back dust jacket photograph by Jill Krementz of Brautigan

Proof Copy
112 pages
Printed yellow wrappers

Front cover Mattituck, New York: Amereon Ltd., 1995
168 pages; ISBN 0-848-80790-1; First printing 1 November 1995
Hard Cover, with dustjacket

Online Resource
Amereon website
Front cover London: Jonathan Cape, 1976
168 pages; ISBN 0-224-01256-8
First printing 25 May 1976
First United Kingdom edition
Hard Cover, with dust jacket
Front dust jacket photograph by Erik Weber of Brautigan in front of a rack of bowling balls. The photograph was taken at the Chestnut Street Bowling Alley in San Francisco.
Front cover London: Picador-Pan Books Limited, 1980
128 pages; ISBN 0-330-25250-X; First printing January 1980
Printed wrappers
Front cover New York: Pocket Books/Simon and Schuster, 1978
158 pages; ISBN 0-671-82043-5; First printing 1 November 1978
Printed wrappers
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1975
5.25" x 8"; 167 pages; ISBN 0-671-22745-9
Printed wrappers

Front cover Willard a jeho kuzelkárské trofeje: Perverzní Mystérium. Trans. Cestmír Peliká. Praha [Prague]: Argo, 1995.
Bourgois editions
Front cover Willard et ses Trophées de Bowling: Une Énigme . . . et Quelques Perversions. Trans. Robert Pépin. Paris: Bourgois, 2003.

Willard et ses Trophées de Bowling: Une Énigme . . . et Quelques Perversions. Trans. Robert Pépin. Paris: Bourgois, 1978.
First French Edition
Printed wrappers

Additional Resource
Lottman, Herbert R. "France: A Growing Taste for Anglo-American Authors." Publishers Weekly 4 September 2000: 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62-63.
An overview of the publishing industry in France and its interest in American writers. Notes that publisher Christian Bourgois says
"there's a new generation of French critics&mdasah;and book buyers—curious about what comes out of America and prepared to embrace it." Bourgois . . . is one of the rare publishers in France (or anywhere for that matter) publishing under his own name—and independent. Not being able to afford the greats, Bourgois began with writers of his own generation, such as Richard Brautigan. (62)
Bourgois published several French translations of Brautigan's works including Trout Fishing in America, In Watermelon Sugar, The Hawkline Monster, Willard and His Bowling Trophies, Sombrero Fallout, Dreaming of Babylon, The Tokyo-Montana Express, So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away, and Revenge of the Lawn.
10-18 editions
Front cover Willard et ses Trophées de Bowling: Une Énigme . . . et Quelques Perversions. Paris: 10-18, 1992
Printed wrappers
Second printing (shown here) featured a detail from "Nighthawks" by Edward Hopper as the front cover illustration.

Willard et ses Trophées de Bowling: Une Énigme . . . et Quelques Perversions. Paris: 10-18, 1985.
Front cover Willard und seine Bowlingtrophäen: Ein grotesker Kriminalroman. Trans. Christiane Bergfeld. Mumpf, Switzerland: Theodor Boder Verlag, March 1, 2008.
167 pages; ISBN 978-3-905802-01-6
Printed wrappers
Online Resource
Information about this book at the Theodor Boder Verlag website

Hörbuch: Willard und seine Bowlingtrophäen a video trailer announcing the publication of this book.

Christiane Bergfeld's Anglo-German Translations website
Willard und seine Bowlingtrophäen: Ein perverser Kriminalroman. Trans. Günter Ohnemus. Reinbek by Hamburg: Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag (rororo 13117), 1994.
92 pages; ISBN 3-499-13127-7
Printed wrappers
Front cover Willard und seine Bowlingtrophäen: Ein perverser Kriminalroman. Trans. Günter Ohnemus. Frankfurt am Main: Eichborn Verlag, January 1990.
157 pages; ISBN 3-821-80162-X
Printed wrappers and end flaps
Front cover illustration by Henri Schmid
Willard und seine Bowlingtrophäen: Ein perverser Kriminalroman. Trans. Günter and Ilse Ohnemus. München: Verlag Gunter Ohnemus, October 1981.
167 pages; ISBN 3-921-89507-3
Printed wrappers

Reviews
Kirchner, Gerhard. "Richtige amerikanische Jungs: Ein 'perverser' Kriminalroman von Richard Brautigan." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 18 March 1982.

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Front Cover Willard e i soui trofei di bowling. Milano: Marcos y Marcos, 2004.

Reviews
Grossi, Pietro. "Willard e i suoi trofei di bowling." La Nota del Traduttore ***?*** 2004.

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Online Resource
Grossi's review at the La Nota del Traduttore website

Description in the Marcos y Marcos catalog

Feedback from Marco Zapparoli, publisher, Marcos y Marcos
Marco Zapparoli. Email to John F. Barber, 6 June 2002.
Tori no Shinden. Trans. Kazuko Fujimoto. Tokyo: Shobunsha, 1978.
196 pages
Front Cover Willard y Sustofeos de Bolos, un Perverso Mistero. Trans. José Manuel Alvarez Florel and Angela Pérez. Barcelona: Anagrama, 1980.
272 pages
Printed wrappers
Front cover Willard y Sustofeos de Bolos, un Perverso Mistero. Trans. José Manuel Alvarez Florel and Angela Pérez. Barcelona: Anagrama, 1975.
First Spanish edition
Printed wrappers
Front cover Willard ve Onun Bowling Kupalari. Trans. Zekeriya S. Sen. Istanbul: Altikirkbes Yayin, 1999.
First Turkish edition
Printed wrappers
In addition to the specific reviews detailed below, commentary about this book may also be included in General Reviews of Brautigan's work and his place in American literature, or reviews of his Collections.

Adams, Phoebe-Lou. "Willard and His Bowling Trophies." Atlantic October 1975: 110.
The full text of this review reads
Mr. Brautigan strings together some outlandish episodes to demonstrate that the world is full of misdirected violence. He must have been reading the papers.
Anonymous. "Books." Playboy October 1975: 32.
The full text of this review reads
Richard Brautigan has a new book called Willard and His Bowling Trophies (Simon and Schuster). If you've read any Brautigan, you'll understand that there isn't any easy way to describe his books. If you haven't read any Brautigan, this is as good a place as any to start. He calls this novel "A Perverse Mystery," although there aren't any detectives or policemen to be seen. Just three sets of lives: one happy, one unhappy and one angry. These lives collide for reasons that only can be called perverse. Brautigan is again writing in a style that gives off heavy imitations of [Ernest] Hemingway—had Papa ever gotten around to blowing a lot of grass. The story is slim, but the nuances are all touching. Brautigan has real feeling for small lives that are just going on and going wrong. You'll find yourself liking his characters—and very often he makes you smile, which has to be worth something these days.
—. "Brautigan, Richard." The Booklist 1 September 1975: 23-24.
The full text of this review reads
An unpredictable, marvelously funny satire peopled by oddball characters only Brautigan could imagine: the Logan brothers pursuing a crime-financed, three-year search for their stolen bowling trophies, a couple practicing sexual fantasies parodying those in The Story of O, and anoother couple who own Willard, a papier mache three foot bird, and incidentally have acquired the lost trophies. The brief paragraphs telling this madcap tale resemble a constantly interrupted but nevertheless comprehensible conversation with the evidently irrepresible Brautigan.
—. "Brautigan, Richard." The Kirkus Reviews 15 July 1975: 791.
The full text of this review reads
When Brautigan is good he is pure magic. But when he is bad he is perverse. Don't be fooled by the fact that the first chapter is about how Constance and Bob got into middlebrow S & M bondage because he got veneral warts because her novel didn't sell. That's not the perverted part of the mystery. And don't be so trusting as to think you will ever learn WHO stole the bowling trophies from the Logan boys who have sworn vengeance against the unknown thief. And WHO placed the informant phone call or WHY it was a "$3000" phone call or WHAT the Logan sisters' strange hobby is or what HAPPENS after the Logans break into the wrong apartment and kill Constance and Bob because the upstairs neighbors reversed the apartment numbers on a whim. Or even why WILLARD is smiling. Read this book and you'll be taken for a ride—a very short (112-page) ride. Contrariness and false leads are the operatiave principals of both plot and style. It's a blowzy, bad joke about a lot of San Franciscans whose lives are bad jokes with the usual diverting succession of Brautigan jabs into sad, spun-sugar comic realism—silly, stylized outrageous stuff about the Johnny Carson show and incomplete fragments by dead-poets and love among the incompetents. Not the best Brautigan, just a facsimile thereof.
—. "Briefly Noted." New Yorker 10 November 1975: 189-190.
The full text of this review reads
"America was a very large place and the bowling trophies were very small in comparison." With that indisputable (and all too representative) line, Richard Brautigan establishes the quandary of the three Logan brothers—oafish types from whom some cherished bowling trophies have been stolen. While the brothers are scouring America up and down, the trophies have fallen into the hands of a young San Francisco couple, John and Pat, who are keeping them in a room with a papier-mâché bird named Willard. In an apartment upstairs from John and Pat is another young couple, Bob and Constance, who, afflicted by misery and venereal warts, are caught in an inane sadomasochistic charade; at first, Bob enjoyed tying Constance up and flogging her lightly, but now, a year later, they keep repeating the game even though the fun is gone. There are a few small anchors for all this whimsy (the way John tries to avoid seeing the very end of the "Tonight Show", for example), and they may be all that prevents the book from rising out of the reader's hands and floating, deadpan, out the window.
—. "Paperbacks: New and Noteworthy." The New York Times Book Review 24 April 1977: 49.
The full text of this review reads
The wild whimsy that carries Brautigan so triumphantly through short pieces and verse doesn't quite sustain him through the length of this short novel of unhappy sex and senseless murder along the San Andreas fault.
—. "Willard and His Bowling Trophies." Publishers Weekly 7 February 1977: 94.
The full text of this review reads
There is double perversity in this bizarre thriller. Both the eccentric characters and Brautigan himself sometimes shock, sometimes gently amuse. "Brautigan hasn't developed much as a writer, but he has an irrestible knack of catching his readers unaware," PW observed.
Bannon, Barbara A. "Willard and His Bowling Trophies." Publishers Weekly 7 July 1975: 80.
The full text of this review reads
Inside this perverse mystery is childlike wonderment fighting to get out, or maybe it's just the other way around. Brautigan has a reassuring way of sweetly stroking your head as he assaults your senses with sexual bondage, murder, personality disintegration, the smell of mom's baking, peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwiches and lost Greek poets. Here he plays pranks on two San Francisco couples: Constance and Bob, who suffer mightily because of venereal warts, and the downstairs neighbors Pat and John, in whose living room sits enthroned a papier-mâché bird named Willard, surrounded by the Logan brothers' 50 bowling trophies. But it's the three Logans who bear watching. They've spent years looking for those stolen trophies (an Eskimo has directed them to San Francisco), and they're out for blood. Brautigan hasn't developed much as a writer, but he has an irresistible knack of catching his reader unaware. And for the present at least, that's more than good enough.
Barnes, Julian. "No Picnic." New Statesman 21 May 1976: 685.
Reviews The Poisoned Kiss by Joyce Carol Oates, In the Night All Cats are Grey by Gavin Lammert, The Story of My Desire by Philip Callow, and Willard and His Bowling Trophies by Brautigan.

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Reprinted
Contemporary Literary Criticism. Vol. 9. Ed. Dedria Bryfonski. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1978. 123-25.
Bedell, Thomas D. "Brautigan, Richard." Library Journal 100(17) 1 October 1975: 1844.
The full text of this review reads
The "mystery" concerns Willard (a papier-mâché bird capable of changing expressions) and his collection of trophies, stolen three years earlier from the Logan brothers (they are former bowling champions turned criminals and hot in pursuit of the trophies). Constance, a critically (but not economically) successful novelist, and her lover Bob (an amateur sadist ever since developing a case of venereal warts) account for the "perverse." Brautigan's whimsical style, his wildly imaginative similes, have served him well through five other novels. But here style and substance create an uneasy mix, the "real" world (represented by a quote from Senator Frank Church, "This land is cursed with violence"), strangely intruding into what seems a gentle fantasy. Brautigan fallen on and coming to grips with evil times—"a delight to read in a very sad way."
Reprinted
The Library Journal Book Review 1975. Ed. Janet Fletcher. New York: R.R. Bowker Company, 1977. 611.
Blumberg, Myrna. "Fiction." The Times [London] 10 June 1976: 10.
The full text of this review reads
Mr. Brautigan's images are inimitable. Willard is a papier mâché bird, shadowy "like an unspoken prayer", who stands by about 50 stolen bowling trophies in a San Francisco flat. These prizes once proved the worthiness of three hero-worshipped brothers who, after a nation-wide search to recover their losses, take revenge against the wrong people. All are transformed in big-hearted short sentences. Humour is bang on.
Brooks, Jeremy. "A Camera at the Crucifixtion." The Sunday Times [London] 23 May 1976: 39.
Reviews The Burning Men by Stuart Jackman, The Stepdaughter by Caroline Blackwood, The Himalayan Concerto by John Masters, and Willard and His Bowling Trophies by Brautigan.

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Cartano, Tony. "Heritier de Melville." Quinzaine (278) 15 May 1978: 7-8.
Review from a French perspective comparing Brautigan to Herman Melville.
Cole, William. "Prides and Prejudices." Saturday Review 10 January 1976: 58.
Notes exemplary books in various categories. Cites Willard and His Bowling Trophies as the "worst" novel of the year.

The full text of the reference to Brautigan reads
I can be just as opinionated as the next man, and this is a good time to be opinionated about last year's books, to pick favorites, to mention some I didn't have room to cover, and to flaunt a few prejudices.

Worst Novel: Willard and His Bowling Trophies: A Perverse Mystery by Richard Brautigan (Simon & Schuster, $5.95). Up to the author's usual standards: fey and wispy.
Copps, Dale G. "Books in Brief." Bookletter 2(2) 1 September 1975: 2.

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Cüpper, Mélanie. "Less is more or less. Richard Brautigan: Willard and his Bowling Trophies (A Perverse Mystery), Sombrero Fallout (A Japanese Novel)." Bulletin de l'Association des Germanistes diplômés de l'Université de Liège (15) March 2003: ***?***.
A summary of Cüpper's longer study of Brautigan.

In October 2006 the association name was changed to Old Languages and Modern Literatures of the University of Cork (Li├Ęge), shortened to BabeLg. The bulletin also changed its name to The Newspaper of BabeLg.

READ the abstract of this study.

Online Resources
Table of contents for this issue at the Bulletin website

Abstract of this study in .pdf format, downloadable from the Bulletin website
Davis, L. J. "Willard and His Bowling Trophies: A Perverse Mystery by Richard Brautigan." New Republic 20 September 1975: 30.

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Reprinted
Contemporary Literary Criticism. Vol. 12. Ed. Dedria Bryfonski. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1980. 57-74.
Fallowell, Duncan. "Trips." Spectator [London] 236(7718) 29 May 1976: 30.
Reviews The Poisoned Kiss by Joyce Carol Oates and Willard and His Bowling Trophies by Brautigan.

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Reprinted
Contemporary Literary Criticism. Vol. 12. Ed. Dedria Bryfonski. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1980. 57-74.
Frank, Sheldon. "Brautigan." The National Observer 11 October 1975: 21.

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Fremont-Smith, Eliot. "Making Book on a Sentimental Season." Village Voice 15 September 1975: 50.
Provides a literary sampler of books being published in Fall of 1975, saying the lineup is "depressing for anyone who cares about cultural quality and has forgotten how rare quality is." Brautigan's Willard and His Bowling Trophies noted for release in September.

The full text of the reference to Brautigan reads
A nude viewing of Johnny Carson is enlivened by the theft of some bowling trophies and the presence of a large papier-mâché bird. Well . . .
Gordon, Andrew. "Richard Brautigan's Parody of Arthur Miller." Notes On Modern American Literature 6(1) Spring-Summer 1981: Item 8.

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Gougeon, Leonard. "Brautigan, Richard." Best Sellers 35(7) October 1975: 202-203.

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Hepburn, Neil. "Spare and Strange." The Listener [London] 95(2459) 27 May 1976: 687.
Reviews In the Night All Cats are Grey by Gavin Lambert, The Story of My Desire by Philip Callow, You're Not Alone: A Doctor's Diary by William Cooper, and Willard and His Bowling Trophies by Brautigan.

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Kušnír, Jaroslav. "Richard Brautigan's and Donald Barthelme's Crisis of Representation: The King and Willard and His Bowling Trophies: A Perverse Mystery." Paper submitted for PostModerne Produktionen conference, University of Erlangen, Germany, 24-26 November 2000.
Kušnír is a faculty member at the University of Prešov, Slovakia. His abstract for this paper reads
Richard Brautigan's and Donald Barthelme's many works represent this kind of postmodern writing which, on the one hand, reflects the crisis of linguistic representation of the outer reality, and, on the other one, can be understood as the critique of the manipulative power of media shaping people's vision of the world. In my paper I will focus on the narrative and compositional strategies both authors use in their novels The King (Donald Barthelme) and Willard and His Bowling Trophies to pinpoint the role of popular culture and mass media in distorting the people's vision and understanding of outer reality.
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Online Resource
Kušnír's paper at the PostModern Productions conference archive website

Feedback from Jaroslav Kušnír
Jaroslav Kušnír. Email to John F. Barber, 14 May 2008.
Le Vot, André. "Libre Du Mois—Willard et Ses Trophées de Bowling." Esprit (6) 1978: 141-142.
Reviews four different books by Stanley Elkin, Donald Barthelme, Richard Brautigan, and Tom Robbins recently translated into French, each depicting American imagery in literature. Speaks of the psychological fantastic themes of Elkin, the unusual space of Barthelme, the humorous parody of Brautigan, and the picaresque enchantment of Robbins. Includes a short synopsis of each author's work. Says Brautigan shows an enormous amount of nonchalance, is imperturbable, and very amusing.
Locklin, Gerald. "Brautigan Offers Short-Long Novel, New Paperback Edition." Independent Press-Telegram [Long Beach, CA] 3 October 1975: A24.
Notes the release of the paperback edition of The Hawkline Monster (which he reviewed 22 November 1974) and reviews Willard and His Bowling Trophies. Says, "If anyone could have breathed life into Willard, it would have been Brautigan, but his tales remains the consistency of papier-mache."

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Mason, Michael. "Rootin', Tootin' and Shootin'." The Times Literary Supplement [London] [3871] 21 May 1976: 600.

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Morrow, Patrick D. "Willard and His Bowling Trophies." Western American Literature May 1976: 61-63.

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Neely, Mildred Sola. "Brautigan's Next Novel Slated for Fall by S & S." Publishers Weekly 6 January 1975: 35.
The full text of this review reads
Richard Brautigan, whose novel, The Hawkline Monster, has sold 49,000 copies in hardcover to date, has just delivered the manuscript of his new novel, Willard and His Bowling Trophies: A Perverse Mystery, and Simon and Schuster reports it will be published in the fall.

According to S&S, the novel deals with two San Francisco couples who live in the same three-story building: one couple reads The Greek Anthology and acts out variants from The Story of O, while the other watches Johnny Carson from bed and lives with Willard, a huge papier-mâché bird, and his 50 bowling trophies. The pllot is complicated even further by the Logan Brothers (not to mention the Logan sisters), whose sole aim is to recover the stolen bowling trophies over which Willard stands guard.

Brautigan's The Hawkline Monster was his first book to be published exclusively in hardcover; previously, his works appeared simultaneously in cloth and paper.
O'Connell, Shaun. "American Fiction, 1975: Celebration in Wonderland." Massachusetts Review 17(1) Spring 1976: 165-194.
A retrospective look at fiction works publised in 1975. The full text of the reference to Brautigan reads
Though Brautigan's Willard and His Bowling Trophies may or may not be set in the '60s, it has an ad hoc discontinuousness appropriate to our recollection of that decade. The Logan brothers try to regain their stolen bowling trophies which are in possession of of Willard, a papier-mâché bird. Of course. When someone asks what Willard is doing with the trophies, someone else answers, "Why not?" Don't ask. Just accept concurrent impulses of discontinuousness; go with the feeling, baby. But, of course, the feelings don't go anywhere. While everything in Willard has the starkness of allegory, as in Abolitionist [of Clark Gable Place] [by Charles Webb], nothing converts convincingly into meaning; or, another way to put it, things mean to quickly and easily, as when Brautigan makes Matthew Brady appear to photograph Willard and the trophies "to be part of everything that has ever happened in this land of America." Indeed, as [Joseph] Heller insists something has happened, but we get little convincing guidance toward discovering what from the novelistic comic-books of Webb or Brautigan.
Parra, Ernesto. "Cocinas de Placer [Kitchens of Pleasure]." Nueva Estafeta [New Courier] 26 January 1981: 100-102.

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Rogers, Michael. "The Gentle Brautigan & the Nasty Seventies: Willard and His Bowling Trophies." The New York Times Book Review 14 September 1975: 4.

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Reprinted
Contemporary Literary Criticism. Vol. 12. Ed. Dedria Bryfonski. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1980. 57-74.

In a letter to the editor ("Off the Hook." New York Times 5 October 1975, Sec. 7: 50) Hope Hale Davis comments on Rogers' review.

To the Editor:
Strange how the most thoughtful writers can lapse in their practical thinking.

After commenting wisely on "Willard and His Bowling Trophies" (Sept. 14), Michael Rogers ends his review with the remark that it's "hard not to imagine that somewhere, Richard Brautigan is still standing, telephone in hand, waiting for a call."

If his phone is hooked up the usual way, he'll wait a long time.

My favorite lapser in this league is the eminent movie critic who in reviewing "High Noon" described the tension of the climax with the hero walking to his midday confrontation "as the shadows grew longer and longer."

Hope Hale Davis
Westport, Conn.
Russell, Lawrence. "Richard Brautigan: Child Man of the Atomic Age: A Review of Willard and His Bowling Trophies." culturecourt.com 4 December 1998.
This review originally appeared on Lawrence Russell's Culture Court website, an archive for film, media, and book reviews. It is, however, no longer available.

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Online Resource
Culture Court.com website
Sage, Lorna. "Hell Hath No Fury." The Observer Review 23 May 1976: 31.
Reviews The Stepdaugher by Caroline Blackwood, The Story of My Desire by Philip Callow, and Willard and His Bowling Trophies by Brautigan.

The full text of the reference to Brautigan reads
Willard and His Bowling Trophies by Richard Brautigan is a grim and wistful tale about what happens to a perfectly normal marriage attacked by a plague of veneral warts. Among other things, Bob and Constance. picked out by fate for this comic humiliation, do their best to keep their marriage together by acting out excerpts from The Story of O and so on, but it's obvious from the start that someone has it in for them. Most likely Willard, who's a papier maché bird belonging to the couple downstairs, whose sex-life is perfectly OK. . . . Richard Brautigan is still pretty funny, but he seems more and more to be engaged in solitary contemplation of his own quintessence.
Triance, Tavis Eachan. "Richard Brautigan: A Poetics of Alienation." Half Empty 2 February 2000.

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Online Resource
Triance's review at the Half Empty website