Information about Brautigan's 'Trout Fishing in America'
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The dedication reads: For Jack Spicer? and Ron Loewinsohn?


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Short Reviews

Lottman, Eileen. "Trout Fishing in America." Publishers Weekly 3 Jan. 1972: 66.

Maillard, Keith. "Trout Fishing in America, The Pill versus the Springhill Mine Disaster, In Watermelon Sugar," Broadside/Free Press (Cambridge, Massachusetts) 9(5) 22 Apr. 1970: 8.

Montgomery, John. "A Nature Book for Hippies," Los Angeles Free Press 8 Dec. 1967: 23.

Morris, Desmond. "Books of the Year: A Personal Choice." The Observer [London] 21 December 1969: 17.

Ritterman, Pamela. "Review of Trout Fishing in America?." Commonweal 26 Sept. 1969

Shatkin, Allan I. "Review of Trout Fishing in America, The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster and In Watermelon Sugar." Library Journal 15 Apr. 1970): 1500.


Longer Reviews

Anon. "Polluted Eden." Times Literary Supplement 14 Aug. 1970: 893.

Carpenter, Don and Herbert Gold. "A Book for Losers," San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle 15 Oct. 1967: 39, 42, 46.

Clayton, John. "Richard Brautigan: The Politics of Woodstock?." New American Review #11. Theodore Solotaroff (ed.) New York: Simon and Schuster, 1971: 56-68.

Coleman, John. "Finny Peculiar: A Review of Trout Fishing in America and In Watermelon Sugar." The Observer 26 July 1970: 25.

Davenport, Guy. "C'est Magnifique Mais Ce N'est Pas Daguerre." The Hudson Review 23.1 (Spring 1970): 158-160.

Farrell, J.G. "Hair Brained." Spectator 8 Aug. 1970: 133.

Feld, Michael. "A Double with Christina." London Magazine 11 (August/September 1971): 150-152.

Furbank, P.N. "Pacific Nursery: A Review of Trout Fishing in America and In Watermelon Sugar." The Listener 6 Aug. 1970: 186.

Gillespie, Bruce R. "Rats Reviews." SF Commentary: The Independent Magazine about Science Fiction 40 (May 1974): 52-54.

Loewinsohn, Ron. "After the (Mimeograph)Revolution?." TriQuarterly 18 (Spring 1970): 221-236.

McGuane, Thomas. "An Optimist vis-a-vis the Present." The New York Times Book Review 15 Feb. 1970): 49.

Norman, Albert H. "Energy and Whimsy." Newsweek 29 Dec. 1969: 54-55.

O'Hara, J.D. "Happier - but not holier - than thou." Book World-Chicago Tribune 11 Jan. 1970): 3.

Parumba, Arthur. "Richard Brautigan's 3 & 1 & 3 in 1 Books." The Fifth Estate [Chicago] 4 (16) 24 Dec. 1969: 17.

Schneck, Stephen. "Review of Trout Fishing in America." Ramparts (December 1967): 80-7.

Tanner, Tony. "The Dream and the Pen." The Times [London] 25 July 1970: 5G.


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Critical Essays

Bales, Kent. "Fishing and Ambivalence, or, A Reading of Trout Fishing in America." Western Humanities Review 29.1 (Winter 1975): 29-42.

Cleary, Michael. "Richard Brautigan's Gold Nib: Artistic Independence in Trout Fishing in America." English Record 35 (second Quarter, 1984): 18-20.

El-Haggan, Rasha. "Interpreting Richard Brautigan's 'The Kool-Aid Wino'? 1999.

Fiene, Donald M. "Trout Fishing in America." Masterplots II. American Fiction Series. Vol. 4, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Salem Press, 1986: 1702-1706.

Hayden, Brad. "Echoes of Walden in Trout Fishing in America." Thoreau Journal Quarterly 8.3 (July 1976): 21-25.

Hearron, Thomas. "Escape Through Imagination in Trout Fishing in America." Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction 16.1 (1974): 25-31.

Kolin, Philip. "Food for Thought in Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America." Studies in Contemporary Satire 8 (Spring 1981): 9-20.

Mellard, James M. "Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America." The Exploded Form: The Modernist Novel in America. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1980: 155-168.

Mills, Joseph. Reading Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America. Boise, Idaho: Boise State University Press (Western Writers Series, 135), 1998.

Morton, Brian. "How Hippies Got Hooked on Trout Fishing in America." The Times Higher Education Supplement 16 Nov. 1984: 12.

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

Seib, Kenneth. "Trout Fishing in America: Brautigan's Funky Fishing Yarn." Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction 13.2 (1971): 63-71.

Siegel, Mark. "Trout Fishing in America." Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature vol 4. Frank Magill (ed.) Englewood Cliffs: Salem Press, 1983: 1979-1981.

Skau, Michael. "American Ethos: Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America." Portland Review 27.1 (Fall/Winter 1981): 17-19.

Stull, William. "Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America: Notes of a Native Son?." American Literature 56.1 (March 1984): 68-80.

Vanderwerken, David. "Trout Fishing in America and the American Tradition." Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction 16.1 (1974): 32-40.

Walters, Richard. "Trout Fishing in America, The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster and In Watermelon Sugar." Masterplots 1970 Annual. Ed. Frank N. Magill. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Salem Press, 1970: 56-62. Reprinted in Survey of Contemporary Literature vol 2, Ed. Frank Magill. Englewood Cliffs NJ: Salem Press, 1977: 883-889.

Whissen, Thomas, Reed. "Trout Fishing in America." Classic Cult Fiction: A Companion to Popular Cult Literature. Greenwood Press, 1992: 274-279.

White, Lawrence La Riviere. "Jack Spicer's Best Seller, Trout Fishing in America." The Valve 3 Sept. 2006.


Mentions in Longer Essays

Cooley, John. "The Garden in the Machine: Three Postmodern Pastorals. Images of Environmental Decay in Recent Fiction." Michigan Academician 13.4 (Spring 1981): 405-420.

Downing, Pamela. "On the Creation and Use of English Compound Nouns." Language 53.4 (December 1977): 810-842.

Hansen, Arlen J. "The Celebration of Solipsism: A New Trend in American Fiction." Modern Fiction Studies 19 (Spring 1973): 5-15.

Klinkowitz, Jerome. Literary Disruptions: The Making of a Post-Contemporary American Fiction. Urbana: University of Chicago Press, 1975: 20-22.

Lhamon, W.T. "Break and Enter to Breakaway: Scotching Modernism in the Social Novel of the American Sixties." Boundary 2 3.2 (Winter 1975): 289-306.

Phillips, Rod. "The Beat Goes On: Voices of the Second Generation?." Forest Beatniks and Urban Thoreaus: Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac, Lew Welch and Michael McClure. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2000: 132-134.

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

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



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Criticism in Other Languages


Chénetier, Marc. "Les Images dans Trout Fishing in America de Richard Brautigan." Revue Française d'Etudes Americaines 1 (April 1976): 39-53.


Kirchner, Gerhard. "Der Albtraum vom Paradies: 'Forellenfischen in Amerika' ein Roman von Richard Brautigan." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 4 May 1987.

Kramberg, K.H. "Wegweiser der Träume: Richard Brautigan beim Forellenfischen in Amerika." Süddeutsche Zeitung 17 Nov. 1971.

Schönfelder, Karl-Heinz. "Richard Brautigan: Forellenfischen in Amerika." Weimarer Beitrage: Zeitschrift fur Literaturwissenschaft, Asthetik und Kulturtheorie 34.3 1988: 461-470.

Widmer, Urs. "Zärtliches Forellenfischen: Ein Roman von Richard Brautigan." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 13 Nov. 1971.


Busani, Marina. "Altre Seduzioni: Trout Fishing in America di Richard Brautigan." Il Lettore di Provincia 60 (March 16, 1985): 50-59.


See John Barber's Brautigan Bibliography plus+(external link) for more information on Trout Fishing in America.


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To the best of my knowledge, the following articles also discuss Trout Fishing in America 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.

Allen, Trevor. "Richard Brautigan." Books & Bookmen June 1973: 138.

Anon. "Tools for Living". Includes a review of Trout Fishing in America, Harper's Review August 1974: 4, 100-101.

Brand, Stuart. "Trout Fishing in America." The Last Whole Earth Catalog: Access To Tools. Ed. Stuart Brand. Menlo Park, CA: Portola Institute, 1971. 254. Reprinted in Whole Earth Review Winter 1998: 2.

Martins, Heitor. "Pescando Trutas na América com Richard Brautigan." Minas Gerais, Suplemento Literário, 30 (August 30, 1975): 6. (Brazil)

Pritchard, William H: "Stranger than Truth." The Hudson Review 24.2 (1971): 355-68.

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