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Author
Kurt Vonnegut. Dan Wakefield, ed.
Publisher Delacorte  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.75 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9780385343756
Pages/Publication Date 439/2012
Daedalus Item Code 54688
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(Named a Best Book of 2012 by Newsweek, the Huffington Post, the Kansas City Star, and Kirkus Reviews) This extraordinary collection of personal correspondence has all the hallmarks of Kurt Vonnegut's fiction: humor, poignance, and the uncanny wisdom that has endeared him to readers worldwide. It includes the letter that a 22-year-old Vonnegut wrote home immediately upon being freed from a German POW camp, recounting the ghastly firebombing of Dresden; wry dispatches from Vonnegut's years as a struggling writer, first finding an audience and then dealing with sudden international fame in middle age; righteously angry letters of protest to local school boards that tried to ban his work; and intimate remembrances penned to classmates, fellow veterans, friends, and family. Vonnegut writes about a job he had as a young man ("Hell is running an elevator throughout eternity in a building with only six floors"), to a relative who calls him a great literary figure ("I am an American fad—of a slightly higher order than the hula hoop"), to his daughter Nanny ("Most letters from a parent contain a parent's own lost dreams disguised as good advice"), and to friends like Norman Mailer ("I am cuter than you are"). Sometimes biting and ironical, sometimes achingly sweet, and always alive with the unique point of view that made him the true cultural heir to Mark Twain, these letters comprise the autobiography Kurt Vonnegut never wrote.

"By turns hilarious, heartbreaking and mundane.... Vonnegut himself is a near-perfect example of the same flawed, wonderful humanity that he loved and despaired over his entire life."—NPR

"Even with the abundance of novels, stories, and essays Vonnegut completed during his lifetime, it will surprise few admirers that he was an equally prolific letter writer. Compiled for the first time, by his close friend and fellow author [Dan] Wakefield, Vonnegut's correspondence spans 60 years, from a 1945 letter he wrote to his parents upon being released from a German POW camp to a final declining, at 84, shortly before his death, of an invitation to deliver a lecture at Cornell, his alma mater. In between, bearing all the canny observations and sardonic witticisms that distinguished his most famous works, are dozens of letters to relatives, friends, and sometimes foes, many revealing fascinating insights into Vonnegut's private thoughts and inspirations. Highlights include reflective letters on his sudden rise to fame, supportive notes to such colleagues as Bernard Malamud and Norman Mailer, and a scathing missive to a school board threatening censorship. Arranged in chronological order and including Wakefield's insightful background information on Vonnegut's life, this is a volume fans will treasure."—Booklist

 
 
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