Information about Brautigan's 'Willard and His Bowling Trophies'
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The following request appeared in MetroActive:

WHERE'S STAN FULLERTON? Screenwriter William Hjortsberg? is doing a book on his old friend Richard Brautigan. He wants to know more about Stan Fullerton, who created a paper flamingo that Brautigan used to carry around. There must be a million Santa Cruz stories about Stan, so if you have any great ones, or know what happened to Stan (I lost track), get in touch with Hjortsberg at gatz at mcn.net.


Online Samples

The Greek Anthology(external link)


Short Reviews

Adams, Phoebe-Lou. "Willard and His Bowling Trophies." The Atlantic October 1975: 110.

Anon. "Willard and His Bowling Trophies." The Booklist 1 Sept. 1975: 23-24.

Anon. "Paperbacks: New and Noteworthy." The New York Times Book Review 24 Apr. 1977: 49.

Anon. "Briefly Noted." New Yorker 10 Nov. 1975: 189-190.

Anon. "Books: Willard and His Bowling Trophies." Playboy October 1975: 32.

Anon. "Willard and His Bowling Trophies." Kirkus Reviews 15 July 1975: 791.

Bannon, Barbara A. "Willard and His Bowling Trophies." Publishers Weekly 7 Jul. 1975: 80.

Bedell, Thomas D. "Willard and His Bowling Trophies." Library Journal 1 Oct. 1975: 1844.

Blumberg, Myrna. "Fiction." The Times [London] 10 June 1976: 10.

Brooks, Jeremy. "A Camera at the Crucifixtion." The Sunday Times [London] 23 May 1976: 39.

Cole, William. "Prides and Prejudices." Saturday Review 10 Jan. 1976: 58.

Copps, Dale G. "Books in Brief." Bookletter 1 Sept. 1975: 2.

Fremont-Smith, Eliot. "Making Book on a Sentimental Season?." Village Voice 15 Sept. 1975: 50.

Gougeon. Leonard. "Willard and His Bowling Trophies." Best Sellers 35.7 (October 1975): 202-3.

Hepburn, Neil. "Spare and Strange." Listener 27 May 1976: 687.

Neely, Mildred Sola. "Brautigan's Next Novel Slated for Fall by S & S." Publishers Weekly 6 Jan 1975: 35.

Sage, Lorna. "Hell Hath No Fury." The Observer 23 May 1976: 31.


Longer Reviews

Barnes, Julian. "No Picnic." New Statesman 21 May 1976: 685.

Davis, L.J. "Willard and His Bowling Trophies: A Perverse Mystery by Richard Brautigan." The New Republic 20 Sept. 1975: 30.

Fallowell, Duncan. "Trips: Willard and His Bowling Trophies." Spectator 29 May 1976: 30.

Frank, Sheldon. "Brautigan: Willard and His Bowling Trophies." The National Observer 11 Oct. 1975: 21.

Locklin, Gerald. "Brautigan Offers Short-Long Novel, New Paperback Edition". Independent Press-Telegram 3 Oct. 1975: A24.

Mason, Michael. "Rootin', Tootin' and Shootin'." The Times Literary Supplement 21 May 1976: 600.

Morrow, Patrick D. "Willard and His Bowling Trophies." Western American Literature May 1976: 61-63.

Rogers, Michael. "The Gentle Brautigan and the Nasty Seventies." The New York Times Book Review 14 Sept. 1975: 4.

Russell, Lawrence. "Richard Brautigan: Child Man of the Atomic Age." culturecourt.com 4 Dec. 1998


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Critical Essays

Cüpper. Mélanie. "Less is more or less: Richard Brautigan: Willard and His Bowling Trophies - A Perverse Mystery, Sombrero Fallout - A Japanese Novel?." Bulletin de l'Association des Germanistes diplômés de l'Université de Liège numéro 15, mars 2003

Gordon, Andrew. "Richard Brautigan's Parody of Arthur Miller." Notes on Modern American Literature 6.1 (Spring/Summer 1982): Item 8.

Kusnír, Jaroslav. "Richard Brautigan's and Donald Barthelme's Crisis of Representation: The King and Willard and His Bowling Trophies: A Perverse Mystery?." Paper sent in for the conference on PostModern Productions, University of Erlangen, Germany, 2000.

Triance, Tavis Eachan. "Richard Brautigan: A Poetics of Alienation." Half Empty 19 Mar. 2000.


Brief Mentions in Longer Essays

O'Connell, Shaun. "American Fiction, 1975: Celebration in Wonderland." Massachusetts Review 17.1 (Spring 1976): 165-194.



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Criticism in Other Languages


Le Vot, André. "Libre Du Mois—Willard et Ses Trophées de Bowling." Esprit (6) 1978: 141-142.


Anon. "Absurder Anti-Krimi." Neue Zürcher Zeitung July 26, 2008

Anon. "Ein skurriler Wild-West-Krimi um Bowling-Trophäen und Sex." Saarbrücker Zeitung May 2, 2008.

Gonsch, Wolfgang. "Willard und seine Bowlingtrophäen. Ein grotesker Kriminalroman." How2Find.de

Kirchner, Gerhard. "Richtige amerikanische Jungs: Ein 'perverser' Kriminalroman von Richard Brautigan." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung March 18, 1982

Schuster, Werner. "Willard und seine Bowlingtrophäen." Eselsohren.at March 19, 2008


Grossi, Pietro. "Nota del Traduttore: Willard e i suoi trofei di bowling." La nota del traduttore (2004)


Parra, Ernesto. "Cocinas de Placer." Nueva Estafeta 26 (January 1981): 100-102.


See John Barber's Brautigan Bibliography plus+(external link) for more information on Willard and His Bowling Trophies: A Perverse Mystery.


Wish List

To the best of my knowledge, the following articles also discuss Willard and His Bowling Trophies, 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.

Cartano, Tony. "Heritier de Melville." Quinzaine Littéraire (278) 15 May 1978: 7-8.

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