Information about Brautigan's 'The Abortion: An Historical Romance, 1966'
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Note: The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966 is available in a 3-books-in-1 volume together with Revenge of the Lawn and So the Wind Won't Blow it All Away.

The Presidio Branch Library(external link) was used as a model for Brautigan's fictional library and appears on the cover of The Abortion. Brautigan even used the library's real address (3150 Sacramento Street) in the book.

The San Francisco Public Libraries have a page on the Presidio Branch Library History(external link) which includes a reference to Richard Brautigan and an interior view of the library showing the "high arched windows ... above the bookshelves". Here's an interior view of the Presidio Branch in 1970, the same year as Richard Brautigan's The Abortion was published:


Online Samples

"The Library"(external link) (Internet Archive Link - this Norwegian site is no longer up)

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)


Short Reviews

Adams, Phoebe-Lou. "Short Reviews: The Abortion." The Atlantic April 1971: 104.

Anonymous. "Review of The Abortion: an Historical Romance 1966." Choice October 1971: 1010.

Anonymous. "Review of The Abortion: an Historical Romance 1966." Kirkus Review 1 Jan. 1971: 16.

Anonymous. "Paperbacks: The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966?." Best Sellers 32(1) April 1972: 24.

Anonymous. "Review of The Abortion: an Historical Romance 1966." The Booklist 1 July 1971: 894.

Baker, Roger. "Review of The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966." The Times [London] 1 Feb. 1973: 12.

Bannon, Barbara A. "Review of The Abortion." Publishers Weekly 25 Jan. 1971: 258.

Blakeston, Oswell. "Review of The Abortion." Books & Bookmen Mar. 1973: 76.

Coats, Reed. "A Review of The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966." Library Journal 1 July 1971: 2375.

Hill, Susan. "Americas." Listener 15 Jan. 1973: 124.

Hughes, Catharine. "Good Summer Fiction and God and Gospels on Trial." America 12 June 1971: 616-617.

Lahr, Anthea. "Bed and Books?." National Observer 31 May 1971: 18.

Langlois, Jim. "Review of The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966." Library Journal 15 May 1971: 1726.

Locklin, Gerald. "Taking A Look at the Recently Published Books". Independent [Long Beach, CA] 1 June 1971: 14.

Major, Clarence. "Open Letters: A Review of The Abortion and The Hawkline Monster." American Poetry Review 4.1 (January/February 1975): 29.

Peterson, Clarence. "More Than Meets the Eye." Chicago Tribune Book World 30 May 1971: 9.

Phillips, Al. "Review of The Abortion." Bestsellers 15 May 1971: 78-79.

Pritchard, William H. "A Review of The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966." Hudson Review 24 (Summer 1971): 360.

Sampson, Sally. "Hang-Ups." New Statesman 2 Feb. 1973: 169.

Sprug, Joseph W. "Professionally Speaking." Catholic Library World Apr. 1972: 474-77.

Thwaite, Anthony. "Girl Who Stayed Behind." Observer [London] 4 February 1973: 36.

West, Celeste. "These Are Book Reviews." Synergy [San Francisco Public Library] (32) March 1991: 40.

Wiggen, Maurice. "Aspects of Americans." Sunday Times [London] 28 Jan. 1973: 39.


Longer Reviews

Adams, Robert. "Brautigan Was Here." New York Review of Books 22 Apr. 1971: 24-26.

Anon. "Precious Little." Times Literary Supplement 2 Feb. 1973: 113.

Butwin, Joseph. "Review of The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966." Saturday Review 12 June 1971: 52+.

Kimball, George. "Books & People." The Phoenix 25 May 1971: 14.

Kroll, Steven. "Very Natural and no Childbirth." Book World 28 Mar. 1971: 3.

Lask, Thomas. "Move Over, Mr. Tolstoy." The New York Times 30 Mar. 1971: 33.

Redekop, Corey. "The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966 by Richard Brautigan." Shelf Monkey 15 July 2009.

Skow, John. "Cookie Baking in America." Time 5 Apr. 1971: 94-95.

Smith, Mason. "Pink and Fading in Watermelon Ink." The New York Times Book Review 28 Mar. 1971: 4,26.

Waugh, Auberon. "Unwanted Books - in Fiction and Fact." The Spectator 27 Jan. 1973: 108-109.

Yardley, Jonathan. "Still Loving." The New Republic 20 Mar. 1971: 24-25.


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Critical Essays

Clark, William Bedford. "Abortion and the Missing Moral Center: Two Case Histories from the Post-Modern Novel." Xavier Review 4 (1984): 70-75.

Greenman, Myron. "Understanding New Fiction?." Modern Fiction Studies 20.3 (Autumn 1974): 307-316.

Hackenberry, Charles. "Romance and Parody in Brautigan's The Abortion." Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction 23.2 (Winter 1981-1982): 24-36.

Koloze, Jeff. Richard Brautigan's The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966(1971)(external link) An Ethical Analysis of the Portrayal of Abortion in American Fiction: Dreiser, Hemingway, Faulkner, Dos Passos, Brautigan, And Irving. (Studies in American Literature) Edwin Mellen Press, 2005.

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. "Brautigan's Parody in 'The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966'." European British and American Studies at the Turn of Millenium, Sborník 185 (1999): 49-55.

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.

McClure, Michael. "Ninety-one Things about Richard Brautigan", in Lighting the Corners: On Art, Nature, and the Visionary. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1993: 36-68.

Schmitz, Neil. "Richard Brautigan and the Modern Pastoral." Modern Fiction Studies 19.1 (Spring 1973): 109-125.



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Criticism in Other Languages


Kirchner, Gerhard. "Entwaffende Komik: Richard Brautigans 'Die Abtreibung'?." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 19 Nov. 85.

Thibaut, Matthias. "Stillstand in der Bewugung: Ein Roman Richard Brautigans jetzt auf deutsch." Frankfurter Rundschau 16 Nov. 1985.

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

Winter, Helmut. "Ein Amerikaner mit skurrilen Tönen" Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 91 (5 Mai 1978): 26.


See John Barber's Brautigan Bibliography plus+(external link) for more information on The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966.


Wish List

To the best of my knowledge, the following articles also discuss Sombrero Fallout, 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.

Anon. "Notes on The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966." Observer 4 Feb. 1973: 36.

Cabbibo, Paola. "The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966 de Richard Brautigan, ouvero l'aborto dell'eroe." pp.206-16 in Cabibbo, Paola, ed. & introd. Sigfrido del nuovo mondo: Studi sulla narrativa d'iniziazione. Rome, Goliardica, 1983.

Mount, Douglas. "A Counterculture Love Story: A Review of The Abortion." Life 26 (March 1971): 9. (I have had this issue in my hands and the article is not there - any idea which issue it might be in?

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