A Confederate General from Big Sur
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|A Confederate General From Big Sur|
First edition cover
|Cover artist||Larry Rivers|
|Published||1964 (Grove Press)|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Followed by||Trout Fishing in America|
A Confederate General From Big Sur is Richard Brautigan's first novel, published in 1964.
The story takes place in 1957. A man named Lee Mellon believes he is a descendant of a Confederate general who was originally from Big Sur. This general is not in any books or records and there is so far no proof of his existence although Mellon meets a drifter from the Pacific Northwest who has also heard of this general. Mellon seeks the truth of his own modern-day war against the status quo of the Union states.
The moral of the story is the domination of mind over reality.
Brautigan finished the novel in 1961 but it was not published until January 22, 1964. The story had no success and dropped in sales and made very little money.
Attempted film adaption
In 1966, Paramount Pictures attempted to make it a film starring Burt Lancaster as Lee Mellon and Steve McQueen as the drifter. The film adaption by Paramount Pictures never happened. However, Brautigan gave a copy of his novel to Brandon French of Brady French Films to write a screenplay for the movie. The screenplay was only written up to the first draft and the film adaptation never happened.
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