Richard BrautiganRichard Gary Brautigan (January 30, 1935 – c. September 16, 1984) was an American novelist, poet, and short story writer. A prolific writer, he wrote throughout his life and published ten novels, two collections of short stories, and four books of poetry. Brautigan's work has been published both in the United States and internationally throughout Europe, Japan, and China. He is best known for his novels ''Trout Fishing in America'' (1967), ''In Watermelon Sugar'' (1968), and ''The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966'' (1971).
Brautigan began his career as a poet, with his first collection being published in 1957. He made his debut as a novelist with ''A Confederate General from Big Sur'' (1964), about a seemingly delusional man who believes himself to be the descendant of a Confederate general from Big Sur. Brautigan would go on to publish numerous prose and poetry collections until 1982. He died by suicide in 1984. Provided by Wikipedia