Literary Techniques

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Although written before Trout Fishing in America, Confederate General from Big Sur is stylistically a much more conventional novel....

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Social Concerns

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Popularized after its reissue in 1968, Confederate General from Big Sur's portrait of nonconformist life in California was often read...

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(Masterpieces of American Fiction)

Abbott, Keith. Downstream from “Trout Fishing in America”: A Memoir of Richard Brautigan. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Capra Press, 1989. A personal account of Brautigan from a longtime friend. Some of the book is Abbott’s own memoirs, but it also contains interesting anecdotes and insights into Brautigan’s life and work. Chapter 8, “Shadows and Marble,” presents critical commentary on Brautigan’s novels, in particular Trout Fishing in America.

Bradbury, Malcolm. The Modern American Novel. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1983. Chapter 7, “Postmoderns and Others: The 1960s and 1970s,” cites Brautigan, placing him in the genre of writers who “celebrated the hippie youth spirit.” Bradbury gives succinct but insightful critical commentary on Brautigan’s novels. He sees Brautigan as much more than a hippie writer, whose spirit of “imaginative discovery” has spawned a number of literary successors.

Chenetier, Marc. Richard Brautigan. London: Methuen, 1983. Assesses Brautigan’s writing in the context of the 1960’s, and traces the development of his art beyond the confines of a cult figure. An appreciative study that analyzes Brautigan in the light of his poetics.

Kaylor, Noel Harold, ed. Creative and Critical Approaches to the Short Story. Lewiston: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1997. See Farhat Iftekharuddin’s essay, “The New Aesthetics in Brautigan’s Revenge of the Lawn: Stories 1962-1970.” Although this essay deals primarily with Brautigan’s short stories, Iftekharuddin’s discussion of literary innovation and his treatment of other Brautigan critics make this an important contribution to an understanding of the longer fiction as well.

Wanless, James, and Christine Kolodziej. “Richard Brautigan: A Working Checklist.” Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction 16, no. 1 (1974): 41-52. A compilation of secondary material on Brautigan, complete through 1973. Lists novels (including their serial form), poetry, short stories, and uncollected pieces, as well as reviews and critical commentary on individual works. A valuable resource for the Brautigan scholar.

Literary Precedents

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In Confederate General from Big Sur, as in much of his work, Brautigan frequently alludes to classics of American literature. When Lee...

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