Information about Brautigan's 'Revenge of the Lawn: Stories 1962-1970'
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Note: Revenge of the Lawn is available in a 3-books-in-1 volume together with The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966 and So the Wind Won't Blow it All Away. Or if you prefer you can order the Rebel Inc. edition, which includes an introduction by Gordon Legge.

The dedication reads: This book is for Don Carpenter?

Online Samples

The entire book can be downloaded in Word format here(external link) (Note: although the site is also called The Brautigan Archives, it holds no relation with this site)

Listen to Brautigan read from his album Listening to Richard Brautigan.

Short Reviews

Anonymous. "Richard Brautigan: Revenge of the Lawn." The Booklist 1 Jan. 1972: 380.

Anonymous. "Richard Brautigan: Revenge of the Lawn." Kirkus Reviews 1 Aug. 1971: 824.

Anonymous." Revenge of the Lawn." The New York Times Book Review 4 June 1972: 24.

Anonymous."Novels in Brief: Revenge of the Lawn." The Observer [London] 16 July 1972: 30.

Erdosi, Elizabeth. "Revenge of the Lawn: Stories, 1962-1970." Publishers Weekly 9 Aug. 1971: 48.

Langlois, Jim. "Richard Brautigan: Revenge of the Lawn." Library Journal 16 Oct. 1971: 3344.

Lottman, Eileen. "Revenge of the Lawn: Stories, 1962-1970." Publishers Weekly 27 Sept. 1971: 68.

Minudri, Regina U. "Books for Young Adults: Revenge of the Lawn." Library Journal 15 May 1972: 1886.

Shrapnel, Norman. "Peasant Power." Guardian Weekly 107 (July 22, 1972): 19.

Strothman, Janet. "Richard Brautigan: Revenge of the Lawn." Library Journal 15 Dec. 1971: 4207.

Webb, W. L. "From the Spring Lists?." Guardian Weekly Jan. 1972: 19.

Whittemore, Reed. "Revenge of the Lawn: Stories, 1962-1970." The New Republic 22 Jan. 1972: 29.

Medium-Length Reviews

Blackburn, Sara. "American Folk Hero." Washington Post Book World 28 Nov. 1971: 2.

Farrell, J.G. "Brautigan Briefs." The Listener 13 July 1972: 57.

Hall, Sara. "Book of a Lifetime: Revenge of the Lawn, by Richard Brautigan." The Independent 19 June 2009.

Sheppard, R.Z. "Easy Writer." Time 1 Nov. 1971: 115-116.

Longer Reviews

Broyard, Anatole. "Weeds and Four-leaf Clovers." The New York Times 15 Nov. 1971: 39.

Duberstein, Larry. "Review of Revenge of the Lawn." Saturday Review 4 Dec. 1971): 43,49-50.

Hendin, Josephine. "A Taste for Cool." The New York Times Book Review 16 Jan. 1972: 7,22.

Kleinzahler, August. "No Light on in the House." London Review of Books 14 Dec. 2000: 21-22.

McClanahan, Ed and Gurney Norman. "Review of Revenge of the Lawn." Rolling Stone 9 Dec. 1971: 66.

Walker, Cheryl. "Richard Brautigan: Youth Fishing in America." Modern Occasions 2.2 (Spring 1972): 308-13.

Critical Essays

Dietrich, Richard. "Brautigan's Homage to the San Francisco YMCA: A Modern Fairy Tale." Notes on Contemporary Literature 13.4 (September 1983): 2-4.

Galloway, David. "Richard Brautigan, The World War I Los Angeles Airplane?", in Die Amerikanische Short Story der Gegenwart. Peter Freese (ed.) Berlin: Schmidt, 1976: 333-339.

Hicks, Jack. "Sweet Wine in Place of Life: The Revenge of the Lawn", in In the Singer's Temple: Prose Fictions of Barthelme, Gaines, Brautigan, Piercy, Kesey and Kosinski. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1981: 151-161.

Horvath, Brooke K. "Wrapped in a Winter Rug: Richard Brautigan Looks at Common Responses to Death." Notes on Modern American Literature 8.3 (Winter 1984): Item 14.

Iftekharuddin, Farhat. "The New Aesthetics in Brautigan's Revenge of the Lawn: Stories 1962-1970". Creative and Critical Approaches to the Short Story, Lewiston, KY: Edwin Mellon Press, 1997: 417-430.

Mentions in Longer Essays

Ditsky, John. "The Man on the Quaker Oats Box: Characteristics of Recent Experimental Fiction." Georgia Review 26 (Fall 1972): 297-313.

Criticism in other Languages


Dittberner, Hugo. "Es ist alles möglich: Richard Brautigans Geschichten 'Die Rache des Rasens'." Frankfurter Rundschau 20 Oktober 1979.

Kirchner, Gerhard. "Trauer im Garten Eden: Wer war schuld am Tod Richard Brautigan?" Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 8 Aug. 1989.

Rüger, Wolfgang. "Brautigans Bruchstücke." Die Zeit 10 Nov. 1989.

Vellenberg, Klaus. "Tradition und Postmoderne in Richard Brautigans Revenge of the Lawn: Stories?." Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht [Kiel] 17.1 (1984): 37-52.

Wiegenstein, Roland. "Vom sanften Protest des Richard Brautigan." Merkur 33.1 (1979): 94-96.

Winter, Helmut. "Ein leiser Autor: Geschichten von Richard Brautigan" Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 11 Jan. 1979: 18.


Pétillion, Pierre Yves. "Des Fjords Pluvieux du Nord-Ouest." Critique: Revue Générale des Publications Françaises et Etrangères 31.338 (1975): 688-695.

See John Barber's Brautigan Bibliography plus+(external link) for more information on Revenge of the Lawn.

Wish List

To the best of my knowledge the following articles also discuss Revenge of the Lawn, 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.

Brossard, Chandler. "The fiction scene: Or, has anybody seen Billygoat Gruff lately?" Harper's Magazine June 1972: 106.

Hornick, Lita. "Kulchur: Memoir." TriQuarterly 43 (Fall) 1978: 280-97.

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