Information about Brautigan's 'Dreaming of Babylon: A Private Eye Novel 1942'
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Note: Dreaming of Babylon: A Private Eye Novel 1942 is available in a 3-books-in-1 volume together with A Confederate General from Big Sur and The Hawkline Monster: A Gothic Western.

The dedication reads: This one is for Helen Brann? with love from Richard.


Online Samples


Short Reviews

Anon. "Review of Dreaming of Babylon: A Private Eye Novel, 1942." Choice January 1978: 1494.

Anon. "Review of Dreaming of Babylon." Kirkus Review 1 July 1977: 677.

Bannon, Barbara A. "Dreaming of Babylon." Publishers Weekly 20 June 1977: 67. Reprinted in Publishers Weekly 14 Aug. 1978: 68.

Brein, Alan. "The Voice of Vile Bodies." The Sunday Times [London] 16 Apr. 1978: 41.

Davis, Rick. "A Review of Dreaming of Babylon." West Coast Review of Books 4.1 (January 1978): 33.

Desruisseaux, Paul. "Brautigan's Mad Body-Snatcher." San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle 18 Dec. 1977. This World Section: 60.

Feinstein, Elaine. "Fiction." The Times [London] 11 May 1978: 10.

Fletcher, Connie. "Review of Dreaming of Babylon." The Booklist 15 Nov. 1977: 525.

Graham, Robert. "Book Review: Richard Brautigan's Dreaming of Babylon." The Sentinel [Stoke-on-Trent, UK] 11 Apr 2009.

Hope, Mary. "A Review of Dreaming of Babylon." The Spectator 240(7816) 22 Apr. 1978: 24.

Lee, Hermione. "Curtains." New Statesman 14 Apr. 1978: 500.

Lemontt, Bobbie Burch. "Review of Dreaming of Babylon." Western American Literature 13.3 (Fall 1978): 302.

Petticoffer, Dennis. "Richard Brautigan: Dreaming of Babylon." Library Journal August 1977: 1674.

Steiner, George. "Briefly Noted." New Yorker 21 Nov. 1977: 230.

Thwaite, Anthony. "Sour Smell of Success." The Observer 16 Apr. 1978: 27.

Willeford, Charles. "Mysteries: Vintage Simenon." Miami Herald 16 Oct. 1977: 7E.

Winks, Robin W. "Robin W. Winks on Mysteries." The New Republic 26 Nov. 1977: 34-37.


Longer Reviews

Cawelti, John G. "Gumshoeing It." Chicago Sun-Times 28 Aug. 1977, Sec. 3: 8.

Disch, Thomas. "Dumber Than Dumb." Times Literary Supplement [3967] 14 Apr. 1978: 405.

Flaherty, Joe. "The Sam Spade Caper." The New York Times Book Review 25 Sept. 1977: 20.

Grove, Lee. "An Alas and Alack for this Babylon." Boston Globe 6 Nov. 1977: A32.

Krim, Seymour. "Brautigan's Mythical Trip into Bogart Country." Chicago Tribune Book World 25 Sept. 1977: Sec.7, p.3.


Critical Essays

Grimes, Larry. "Stepsons of Sam: Re-visions of the Hard-boiled Detective Formula in Recent American Fiction." Modern Fiction Studies 29.3 (Autumn 1983): 535-544.

Hedborn, Mark. "Lacan and Postmodernism in Brautigan's Dreaming of Babylon." in Literature and Film in the Historical Dimension, Gainsville: University Press of Florida, 1994: 101-109.

Miclot, James Murray. "Depolitization from Within: Not Taking a Fall with Richard Brautigan." Humanitas 6.2 (1993): 15-44.



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Criticism in other Languages


Cheval, Christophe. "Richard Brautigan: Un Privé à Babylone." Page Noir.

Grimaud, Isabelle. "Stranger than Paradise: Dreaming of Babylon: A Private Eye Novel 1942 de Richard Brautigan?." Caliban (Toulouse) 23 (1986): 127-135.


Krüger, Michael. "Die Leichen im Kühlschrank: Brautigans Kriminalroman-Travestie 'Träume von Babylon'." Frankfurter Rundschau 1 Oct. 1986.

Schuster, Werner. "Brautigan, Richard: Von Babylon träumen." Eselsohren.at July 13, 2009.

Vesely, Rainer. "California Dreaming: Richard Brautigan im Eichborn Verlag." Falter 1986.

Vogt, Jochen. "Der amerikanische Traum." Freitag August 23, 1991.

Winter, Helmut. "Im Hintern ein paar Einschußlöcher: Richard Brautigans Detektivroman 'Träume von Babylon'." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 29 Sept 1983.


See John Barber's Brautigan Bibliography plus+(external link) for more information on Dreaming of Babylon: A Private Eye Novel 1942.


Wish List

To the best of my knowledge the following articles also discuss Dreaming of Babylon, 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.

Benoit, Claude. "El Regreso del Detective Privado." Cuadernos del Norte 4.19 mayo-junio 1983: 46-59.

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