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Richard Brautigan Gone 25 Years

October 24, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

Has it really been 25 years since Richard Brautigan died? Known as a peculiar but brilliant beat-generation author who began his career handing out poetry on street corners, he’s best known for his novella Trout Fishing in America, a veiled critique of American culture and a book that helped turned him into a literary icon.
Here’s the San Francisco Chronicle‘s October 24, 1984 report on Brautigan’s death: “Author Richard Brautigan, whose 1967 novel ‘Trout Fishing in America’ made him a literary celebrity, was found dead yesterday at his home in Bolinas. The Marin County coroner’s office said the cause of death was not known.”