Kurt Vonnegut DrawingsHardback Monacelli Press
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- Publisher: Monacelli Press
- Format: Hardback | 176 pages
- Dimensions: 196mm x 259mm x 25mm | 930g
- Publication date: 2 June 2014
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1580933777
- ISBN 13: 9781580933773
- Illustrations note: 120
- Sales rank: 115,600
Those who know Kurt Vonnegut as one of America's most beloved and influential writers will be surprised and delighted to discover that he was also a gifted graphic artist. This book brings together the finest examples of his funny, strange, and moving drawings in an inexpensive, beautifully produced gift volume for every Vonnegut fan.
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Nanette Vonnegut, a painter and writer, is the daughter of Kurt Vonnegut. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. Peter Reed is an emeritus professor of English at the University of Minnesota. A longtime friend of Vonnegut, he has written extensively on the author's work.
"Kurt Vonnegut is known less for his graphic art than for satiric masterpieces like "Slaughterhouse-Five "and "Breakfast of Champions." But as a writer who draws, he's not alone--Victor Hugo, Tom Wolfe, Gunter Grass and John Updike have all sketched and doodled. In "Kurt Vonnegut Drawings," with an introduction by his daughter Nanette Vonnegut and an essay by the critic Peter Reed, the drawings--witty and Paul Klee-inspired--are referred to as doodles, as if to distinguish them from the art of Saul Steinberg, his neighbor and friend (who Vonnegut admitted made him feel stupid). But Vonnegut liked to play with color and ideas too. 'Had my father been granted two lifetimes, ' Nanette writes, 'I have no doubt he would have mastered some aspect of the visual arts. And he would have cursed it and wished he had chosen to be a poet instead.'" --"The New York Times Book Review " "The wildly various works include the caricatures of the 'Self-Portraits, ' the bright whimsy of 'Abstraction, ' and the playful 'Letters' with their curving, bubbly lines. 'Lines, ' 'Things, ' and 'Looking at Things' invite yet defy insights into Vonnegut's fiction, and the last 'Words' seem to mock the whole enterprise of creation, the concluding image a canopied staircase inscribed with: 'There is a ceiling on human thoughts.' Perhaps so, but the refreshing images featured here 'illustrate beautifully a creative mind at play, ' and will delight Vonnegut fans." --"Publishers Weekly"