Ianthe Elizabeth Brautigan

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Ianthe Elizabeth Brautigan also known as Ianthe Brautigan-Swensen (born 25 March 1960) is an American writer, educator and daughter of late author Richard Brautigan.


She was born in San Francisco, California to Richard Brautigan and Virginia Dionne Alder. Her parents separated when she was two and she spent most of her young life with her father. Her first book You Can't Catch Death: A Daughter's Memoir was published in 2000. She writes about her father and the impact his suicide had on her own life. She was just nine years old when he first told her that he wanted to kill himself, but she was 24 years old before he finally did so.[1] The book is written in a similar way to her father's work, with short chapters and an impressionistic style. She describes her early life in Montana, spending time with her father and his Beat Generation friends, such as the writers Thomas McGuane and Michael McClure. She travelled with him to Hawaii and Japan.

She married film director Paul Swensen on September 5, 1981, and has one daughter named Elizabeth. She currently lives with her husband in Sonoma County, California, where she teaches English and Creative Writing at Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University (SSU).[2][3][4]


You Can't Catch Death: A Daughter's Memoir (2000; ISBN 0-312-26418-6)


  1. ^ Baer, Barbara L. "Richard Brautigan left his daughter a sad, confusing legacy". Monterey County Weekly. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  2. ^ Ianthe Brautigan. Archived July 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Ianthe Brautigan was born in 1959 and was 25 years old when her father Richard Brautigan committed suicide. She lives in America with her husband and children. This is her first published book.
  3. ^ "Homepage for Ianthe Brautigan-Swensen". Santa Rosa Jr College. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  4. ^ "Hutchins Department: Sonoma State University". www.sonoma.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-21.

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