Relatively little is known of Richard Gary Brautigan’s life before his move to San Francisco in 1958 because of his infamously shy and reclusive personality. Born in Tacoma, Washington, he spent his childhood there and in Oregon and Montana. His writing reveals a troubled and poverty-stricken upbringing and a familiarity with fishing, hunting, and the outdoors, which would ultimately play an invaluable role in his work. Lay the Marble Tea: Twenty-four Poems, published in 1959, is believed to be Brautigan’s first book.
The publication of the book of poetry The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster (1968) and the novels/prose pieces...
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