This collection includes the letter the twenty-two-year old Vonnegut wrote home immediately upon being freed from the German POW camp; wry dispatches from Vonnegut's years as a struggling writer; a letter to the CEO of Eagle Shirtmakers with a crackpot scheme to manufacture "atomic" bow ties; angry letters of protest to local school boards that tried to ban his work; letters to his children including advice like 'Don't let anybody tell you that smoking and boozing are bad for you. Here I am fifty-five years old, and I never felt better in my life'; fantastically wise letters to writers such as Norman Mailer, Gunter Grass, and Bernard Malamud; and his characteristically modest response to being called a 'great literary figure': 'I am an American fad-of a slightly higher order than the hula hoop.'
Like Vonnegut's books, his letters make you think, they make you outraged and they make you laugh. Written over a sixty-year period, and never published before, these letters are alive with the unique point of view that made Vonnegut one of the most original writers in American fiction.
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"One closes this volume...full of gratitude for Dan Wakefield...the editor of this labour of love that gives us one more reason to love Kurt Vonnegut" (John Sutherland The Times)
"This collection is perhaps the best insight into the everyday needles of a prolific author you could hope to read" (Ed Caesar Sunday Times)
"Splendidly assembled and edited by Dan Wakefield . . . [Vonnegut's] familiar, funny, cranky, acute voice . . . is chronicling his life in real time." ( New York Times Book Review)
"Droll and self-deprecating letters offer intriguing insights into Vonnegut's life" ( Sunday Times)
"This miraculous volume of selected letters provides a moving and revelatory portrait of the famed author of Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat's Cradle. . . . Fans will find the collection as spellbinding as Vonnegut's best novels, and casual readers will discover letters as splendid in their own way as those of Keats." ( Publisher's Weekly)
These letters are the autobiography that Kurt Vonnegut never wrote
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Book Description Vintage Classics, London, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Hardcover in very good condition. Jacket and hardcover spine ends are a little bumped. Contents are clean and clear. AM. Used. Bookseller Inventory # 450201
Book Description Vintage Classics, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used; Good. Bookseller Inventory # 1829150