Information about Brautigan's 'A Confederate General from Big Sur'
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Note: A Confederate General from Big Sur is available in a 3-books-in-1 volume together with The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western and Dreaming of Babylon: A Private Eye Novel 1942. Or if you prefer you can order the Rebel Inc. edition from the UK, which includes an introduction by Duncan McLean.

The dedication reads: to my daughter Ianthe


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Short Reviews

Anonymous. "Review of A Confederate General from Big Sur," Choice May 1965: 156.

Anonymous. "A Review of A Confederate General from Big Sur." Playboy March 1965: 22.

Barkham, John. "Beats Are Becoming Intelligible Again?." Dallas Morning News 24 Jan. 1965: Section 4, Page 8.

Bienen, Leigh B. "A Review of A Confederate General from Big Sur." Transition 5.20 (March 1965): 46-51.

Brown, F.J. "Review of A Confederate General from Big Sur." Books & Bookmen April 1971: 46-47.

Cadogan, Lucy. "New From Africa." New Statesman 29 Jan. 1971: 155.

Coleman, John. "Irishman at Large." The Observer 31 Jan. 1971: 23.

Gilroy, Harry. "End Papers." The New York Times 24 Feb. 1965: L39.

Gold, Arthur. "Fun in Section Eight." Book Week 14 Feb. 1965: 18.

Levin, Martin. "A Reader's Report on A Confederate General from Big Sur." The New York Times Book Review 24 Jan. 1965: 42.

Martin. "Review of A Confederate General from Big Sur." Daily Planet [Coconut Grove, Florida] 21 Sept. 1970: 28.

Muggeridge, Malcolm. "Review of A Confederate General From Big Sur." Esquire April 1965: 58-60.

Nye, Robert. "Review of A Confederate General from Big Sur," The Times [London] 28 Jan. 1971: F11.

Randall Dudley. "Review of A Confederate General from Big Sur." Negro Digest August 1965: 92.

Tannenbaum, Earl. "Review of A Confederate General from Big Sur." Library Journal 15 Mar. 1965: 1345.

Van Vactor, Anita. "Hip Elect." The Listener 28 Jan. 1971: 121.

Waugh, Auberon. "The Rest of the Iceberg." Spectator 27 Feb. 1971: 287-288.

Wordsworth, Christopher. "Bleak Choice." Guardian Weekly 20 Feb. 1971: 18.


Longer Reviews

Adams, Robert. "Brautigan Was Here." New York Review of Books, 16 (April 22, 1971), pp.24-26. (Excerpt taken from Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 12).

Feld, Michael. "A Double with Christina." London Magazine, 11 (August/September 1971): pp.150-2.

Hogan, William. "Rebels in the War with Life." Saturday Review 13 Feb. 1965: 49-50.


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Critical Essays

Kušnír, Jaroslav. "Richard Brautigan's Exiled Worlds (A Confederate General from Big Sur, The Abortion and In Watermelon Sugar?)." Studia Philologica 7 (2000): 69-77.

Kušnír, Jaroslav. "Travelling, Displacement and Romantic Identity in Brautigan's Novels 'A Confederate General from Big Sur' 'The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966' and 'The Tokyo-Montana Express'." Teacher Training Curriculum Innovation Department of English Language and Literature, Presov University, Slovak Republic (1998): 68-73.

Locklin, Gerald and Charles Stetler. "Some Observations on A Confederate General from Big Sur." Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction 13.2 (1971): 72-82.

Rollyson, Carl E. "A Confederate General from Big Sur." Masterplots II. American Fiction Series. 4 vols. Ed. Frank N. Magill. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Salem Press, 1986. Vol. 1, 325-329.

Tanner, Tony. "Fragments and Fantasies", in City of Words: American Fiction 1950-1970. New York: Harper & Row, 1971: 400-415.


Mentions in Longer Essays

Killinger, J. R. "Some Novels for the Pastor's Study?." Theology Today July 1979: 251-57.

Nilsen, Don L. F., and Allen Pace Nilsen. "An Exploration and Defense of the Humor in Young Adult Literature." Journal of Reading 26 Oct. 1982: 64.

Rahv, Philip. "New American Fiction?." The New York Review of Books 8 Apr. 1965: 8-10,42.

Siegel, Mark. "Contemporary Trends in Western American Fiction?." Texas Christian University Press, 1998.



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Criticism in other Languages


Sales, Marti. "Escudella! - El personatge literari?." Time Out Cultura 23-29 Jan. (gener) 2011: 29.


Anon. "Ein konföderierter General aus Big Sur?." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 18 Apr. 1988.

Kirchner, Gerhard. "Lapidarer Spott und viel Mitgefühl: Richard Brautigans erster Roman endlich in deutscher Sprache." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 1 Oct. 1979.

Klähn, Bernd. "Der Mann aus Montanas Bergen. Eine Vorliebe für fernöstliche Mentalität: Romane und Gedichte Richard Brautigans." Die Zeit 25 Mar. 1988.


Cardenas, Juan Sebastian. "Una de vagabundos." Quimera - Revista de Literatura 327, Feb. 2011: 70.

Elorrieta, Gorka. "El enigma Brautigan?." Rolling Stone Nov. 2010: 132.

Moran, David. "Un general confederado de Big Sur?." Rockdelux 292, Feb. 2011.

Nespolo, Matias. "Blackie sigue con la psicoldelia Brautigan." El Mundo - Tendencies, 25 Nov. 2010: 2.


See John Barber's Brautigan Bibliography plus+(external link) for more information on A Confederate General From Big Sur.


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To the best of my knowledge the following articles also discuss A Confederate General from Big Sur, but I do not have a copy. If you have a copy and would be willing to share it with the Brautigan community, please contact me at birgit at cybernetic-meadows.net.

Baird, Newton D. and Robert Greenwood, eds. An Annotated Bibliography of California Fiction, 1664-1970. Georgetown, California: Talisman Literary Research, 1971: 55.

Pietralunga, Mark. "Luciano Bianciardi Translates Richard Brautigan: Rebellion at Big Sur." Romance Languages Annual 10, no. 1 (1998): 345-49.

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