August 23rd, 2011 / 5:08 pmSean Lovelace
Where are the serious glow Richard Brautigan scholarship texts? The contemplative biography, the critical one, the highbrow, the wrong one, the near-right one, the way-2-academic one, the lazy-as-loon one, the tell-all, etc. Don’t you feel a fucking void? No, no, don’t dare whisper memoirs by his so-called “friend” (Don’t get me started—whole different post) or his daughter dear. Where. Are. They? Lead me. Tell me real. [I am looking forward to this. Maybe it will unruffle me.]
Do I need to write the damn thing? (Or you?) Maybe.
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i like Brautigan. sounds like he had an interesting life, i would read a biography.
Richard Brautigan : essays on the writings and life / edited by John F. Barber. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2007.
It would also be nice if some of his out of print books came back into print.
I got a chance to see the Brautigan Library (inspired by the library in The Abortion) in January. It was part of a temporary Brautigan exhibit in Vancouver, WA. It was super rad.
I just did a little looking…it appears that scholarly stuff exists, but for the most part happened in the 70s-80s and then disappeared. I love Brautigan, and would gladly co-write a scholarly book about him and his work with you, Sean, if you want to do it get in touch with me, for real.
At any rate, here’s what I found:
In addition to the selection keebler notes above, John F. Barber published an anotated bibliography with McFarland Publishing in 1990.
Marc Chénetier wrote a monograph on B. published by Methuen in 1983.
Jay Boyer published a monograph on B. with Boise State University Press in 1987.
Edward Halsey Foster published a monograph on B. with Twayne Publishers in 1983.
Terence Malley published a monograph on B. with Warner Paperback in 1972.
According to JSTOR, there appear to be only two published papers on B. (of course, if you got a hold of Barber’s annotated bib. I’m sure there’s more):
“Richard Brautigan’s Trout Fishing in America: Notes of a Native Son” by William L. Stull American Literature, Vol. 56, No. 1 (Mar., 1984), pp. 68-80
“Richard Brautigan’s Search for Control over Death” by Brooke Horvath American Literature, Vol. 57, No. 3 (Oct., 1985), pp. 434-455
Any of these in print?
hmmm, that I don’t know. FSU library has all but the Malley book. Maybe/probably Ball State library holds them?
Also found a dissertation/biography from 2007, Claremont Graduate University, CA by one Jerry Giddens entitled “Brautigan, Richard: A literary and cultural biography” fal…so I spoze there could be a bio coming if a publisher picked it up.
I certainly have the interest in a Brautigan book (or several) and, oddly, most likely have the access to funds for such a project. So maybe we can talk bizzness. Since we are talking business, let’s get off a comment thread. Email me (email@example.com) and let’s discuss. I have ideas, you probably have better ones, so we’ll end up with good ideas.
I want to read the product of this thread.
I saw this picture and my heart stopped beating for a second and I thought, “I wasn’t expecting to see Mr. Brautigan, but there he is!”
I’m glad you wrote this little thing. Made my night… which is kind of sad. But maybe not?