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The Brautigan Library (TBL) is a different kind of library. Inspired by 20th Century American writer Richard Brautigan, TBL curates more than three hundred manuscripts outside the interests of corporate publishing. These manuscripts are, says Brautigan, "the unwanted, lyrical and haunted volumes of American writing." Still, they were written by aspiring writers, with someting to say, keen to share their thoughts with readers. So, rather than a literary junkyard, TBL is a positive, and yes, winsome, endeavor as it collects and curates these manuscripts, believing each has its own, unique story to share. You are welcome to explore.


The Brautigan Library organizes manuscripts into fourteen categories using The Mayonnaise System.
1). Adventure (ADV)
2). All the Rest (ALL)
3). Family (FAM)
4). Future (FUT)
5). Humor (HUM)
6). Love (LOV)
7). Meaning of Life (MEA)
8). Natural World (NAT)
9). Poetry (POE)
10). Social/Political/Cultural (SOC)
11). Spirituality (SPI)
12). Street Life (STR)
13). War and Peace (WAR)
14). Digital (DIG, added in 2013 for digital manuscripts)

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