Richard BrautiganPoet / Writer
Born: 30 January 1935
Died: 25 October 1984 (suicide)
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington
Best known as: Author of Trout Fishing in America
Richard Brautigan's most famous work is the novel Trout Fishing in America (1967), a back-to-nature favorite of the San Francisco counterculture of the 1960s. Raised in Washington, Brautigan moved to San Francisco in the 1950s and began publishing poetry. During the '60s he published poems, stories and novels and was considered a generational bridge between the Beat movement and the hippies. During the '70s Brautigan lived in Montana, avoiding public attention and writing. His body was discovered 25 October 1984 -- he had taken his own life by shooting himself in the head.
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