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    DescriptionNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY "Newsweek"/The Daily Beast - The Huffington Post" - Kansas City Star - Time Out New York - Kirkus Reviews" This extraordinary collection of personal correspondence has all the hallmarks of Kurt Vonnegut's fiction. Written over a sixty-year period, these letters, the vast majority of them never before published, are funny, moving, and full of the same uncanny wisdom that has endeared his work to readers worldwide. Included in this comprehensive volume: the letter a twenty-two-year-old Vonnegut wrote home immediately upon being freed from a German POW camp, recounting the ghastly firebombing of Dresden that would be the subject of his masterpiece "Slaughterhouse-Five;" wry dispatches from Vonnegut's years as a struggling writer slowly 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; intimate remembrances penned to high school classmates, fellow veterans, friends, and family; and letters of commiseration and encouragement to such contemporaries as Gail Godwin, Gunter Grass, and Bernard Malamud. Vonnegut's unmediated observations on science, art, and commerce prove to be just as inventive as any found in his novels--from a crackpot scheme for manufacturing "atomic" bow ties to a tongue-in-cheek proposal that publishers be allowed to trade authors like baseball players. ("Knopf, for example, might give John Updike's contract to Simon and Schuster, and receive Joan Didion's contract in return.") Taken together, these letters add considerable depth to our understanding of this one-of-a-kind literary icon, in both his public and private lives. Each letter brims with the mordant humor and openhearted humanism upon which he built his legend. And virtually every page contains a quotable nugget that will make its way into the permanent Vonnegut lexicon. - On 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." - To 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. Praise for "Kurt Vonnegut: Letters" "Splendidly assembled . . . familiar, funny, cranky . . . chronicling [Vonnegut's] life in real time."--Kurt Andersen, "The New York Times Book Review" " " "[This collection is] 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" "Congenial, whimsical and often insightful missives . . . one of [Vonnegut's] very best."--"Newsday" "These letters display all the hallmarks of Vonnegut's fiction--smart, hilarious and heartbreaking."--"The New York Times Book Review"


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    Title
    Kurt Vonnegut: Letters
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jr. Kurt Vonnegut, Edited by Dan Wakefield
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 436
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 238 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 821 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780385343756
    ISBN 10: 0385343752
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15710
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    DC21: 813.54
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.4
    BIC subject category V2: DQ
    DC22: 813.54
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: BJ
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    B&T General Subject: 500
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 11
    DC22: 813/.54
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A26012000
    BISAC V2.8: LCO002000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: P26108620
    BISAC V2.8: LCO000000, LCO011000
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: PS3572.O5 Z48 2012
    Thema V1.0: DNT, DND
    Illustrations note
    black & white plates
    Publisher
    Delacorte Press
    Imprint name
    Delacorte Press
    Publication date
    30 October 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Dan Wakefield first befriended Kurt Vonnegut in 1963. Like Vonnegut, he was born and raised in Indianapolis. He is a novelist and screenwriter whose books include the bestselling "Going All the Way" and the memoir "New York in the Fifties."
    Review quote
    "Splendidly assembled . . . familiar, funny, cranky . . . chronicling [Vonnegut's] life in real time."--Kurt Andersen, "The New York Times Book Review" " " "[This collection is] 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" "Congenial, whimsical and often insightful missives . . . one of [Vonnegut's] very best."--"Newsday" ""Letters"' greatest gift is the gift of all such anthologies: It humanizes an icon. . . . The fallibility and kindness of the real person shine through clearer in his more personal writing, separating the author from the oeuvre in a way that makes both richer.""--The A.V. Club" "There are authors we admire or envy, but there are just a few we really, really love, and Vonnegut is one of them."--"The Washington Post" "These letters display all the hallmarks of Vonnegut's fiction--smart, hilarious and heartbreaking."--"The New York Times Book Review" "Smart, funny, and very compassionate. Reading this is a must for fans of the author."--"The Christian Science Monitor" "Old correspondence from even famous writers can be a bore, but not Vonnegut's. He was always at his best when adopting an intimate, down-to-earth tone, and the same animating force that made him a brilliant storyteller is evident again and again in these letters. . . . This is a frank and funny book, offering rich insights into Vonnegut's character and career."--"The Dallas Morning News" "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."--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review) "A literary treasure . . . this co