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    DescriptionThose 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. Kurt Vonnegut's daughter Nanette introduces this volume of his never before published drawings with an intimate remembrance of her father. Vonnegut always drew, and many of his novels contain sketches. "Breakfast of Champions" (1973) included many felt-tip pen drawings, and he had a show in 1983 of his drawings at New York's Margo Feiden Gallery, but really got going in the early 1990s when he became acquainted with the screenprinter Joe Petro III, who became his partner in making his colorful drawings available as silkscreens. With a touch of cubism, mixed with a Paul Klee gift for caricature, a Calder-like ability to balance color and line, and more than a touch of sixties psychedelic sensibility, Vonnegut's aesthetic is as idiosyncratic and defiant of tradition as his books. While writing came to be more onerous in his later years, making art became his joyful primary activity, and he made drawings up until his death in 2007. This volume, and a planned touring exhibition of the drawings, will introduce Vonnegut's legion of fans to an entirely new side of his irrepressible creative personality.

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    Kurt Vonnegut Drawings
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nanette Vonnegut
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 191 mm
    Height: 254 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 925 g
    ISBN 13: 9781580933773
    ISBN 10: 1580933777

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.2
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ART
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AGB
    BISAC V2.8: ART016000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: AFF, ACX
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    Libri: ENGM3500
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15840
    B&T Approval Code: A02304044
    BISAC V2.8: ART015020
    B&T Approval Code: A03401000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 741.973
    BISAC V2.8: ART016030
    DC23: 741.973
    LC classification: NC139.V66 A4 2014
    Thema V1.0: AGB, AGA, AFF
    Illustrations note
    Monacelli Press
    Imprint name
    Monacelli Press
    Publication date
    02 June 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "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"