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Vonnegut Essays

The bibliography of Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007) includes essays, books and fiction, as well as film and television adaptations of works written by the Indianapolis-born author. Vonnegut began his literary career with science fiction short stories and novels, but abandoned the genre to focus on political writings and painting in his later life.

Novels[edit]

TitleDateNotes
Player Piano000000001952-08-01-0000August 1952Published as Utopia 14 in 1954, published again as Player Piano in 1966
Sirens Of Titan !The Sirens of Titan000000001959-10-31-0000October 31, 1959Nominated for a Hugo Award
Mother Night000000001961-01-01-00001961Adapted as a film in 1996
Cat's Cradle000000001963-04-01-0000April 1963Nominated for a Hugo Award
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Or Pearls Before Swine !God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, or Pearls Before Swine000000001965-01-01-0000January 1965Later adapted with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken; additional lyrics by Dennis Green
Slaughterhouse-Five, Or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance With Death !Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death000000001969-03-01-0000March 1969Nominated for Nebula and Hugo Awards, adapted as a film in 1972
Breakfast Of Champions, Or Goodbye Blue Monday !Breakfast of Champions, or Goodbye Blue Monday000000001973-07-01-0000July 1973Adapted as a film in 1999
Slapstick, Or Lonesome No More! !Slapstick, or Lonesome No More!000000001976-10-01-0000October 1976Adapted as a film in 1984
Jailbird000000001979-09-01-0000September 1979
Deadeye Dick000000001982-10-01-0000October 1982
Galapagos: A Novel !Galápagos: A Novel000000001985-10-01-0000October 1985
Bluebeard, The Autobiography Of Rabo Karabekian (1916–1988 !Bluebeard, the Autobiography of Rabo Karabekian (1916–1988)000000001987-10-01-0000October 1987
Hocus Pocus000000001990-09-01-0000September 1990
Timequake000000001997-09-22-0000September 22, 1997

Collections[edit]

TitleDateNotes
Canary In A Cathouse !Canary in a Cathouse000000001961-09-01-0000September 1961Short stories
Welcome To The Monkey House !Welcome to the Monkey House000000001968-08-01-0000August 1968Short stories; contains all but one story from Canary in a Cathouse
Wampeters, Foma And Granfalloons (Opinions) !Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons (Opinions)000000001974-01-01-00001974Essays and assorted works
Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage000000001981-01-01-00001981Short stories, essays, and assorted works
Nothing Is Lost Save Honor: Two Essays000000001984-12-01-0000December 1984Limited edition of two essays
Fates Worse Than Death: An Autobiographical Collage000000001991-09-05-0000September 5, 1991Essays and assorted works
Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction000000001999-08-01-0000August 1999Short stories
God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian000000001999-10-01-0000October 1999Fictional interviews originally presented as radio monologues
Man Without A Country !A Man Without a Country000000002005-09-15-0000September 15, 2005Essays
Armageddon In Retrospect And Other New And Unpublished Writings On War And Peace !Armageddon in Retrospect and Other New and Unpublished Writings on War and Peace000000002008-04-01-0000April 1, 2008Short stories and essays
Look At The Birdie !Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction000000002009-10-20-0000October 20, 2009Short stories
While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction000000002011-01-25-0000January 25, 2011Short stories
Kurt Vonnegut: The Cornell Sun Years 1941–1943000000002012-04-23-0000April 23, 2012Collection of his writings as editor of his college newspaper. Available as Amazon eBook
We Are What We Pretend to Be: The First and Last Works000000002012-10-09-0000October 9, 2012
Sucker's Portfolio: A Collection of Previously Unpublished Writing000000002013-03-12-0000March 12, 2013A collection of previously unpublished works.
If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice to the Young000000002013-04-30-0000April 30, 2013Commencement speeches

Plays[edit]

TitleDateNotes
Penelope000000001960-01-01-00001960Later revised as Happy Birthday, Wanda June and reprinted in 1970. Adapted as a film in 1971
Very First Christmas Morning !The Very First Christmas Morning000000001962-12-14-0000December 14, 1962Published in Better Homes and Gardens
Fortitude000000001968-09-01-0000September 1968One act, published in Playboy; collected in Human-Machines: An Anthology of Stories About Cyborgs, New York: Vintage, 1975. Adapted in episode five of the television series Kurt Vonnegut's Monkey House
Requiem000000001987-01-01-00001987With music by Edgar David Grana
Make Up Your Mind000000001993-01-01-00001993
Miss Temptation000000001993-01-01-00001993Adapted by David Cooperman
L'Histoire du Soldat000000001993-01-01-00001993A reworked libretto that Vonnegut made into a tale about World War IIPrivateEddie Slovik, the first soldier in the United States military to be executed for desertion since the Civil War.

Short stories[edit]

TitleDateNotes
10,000 A Year, Easy !"$10,000 a Year, Easy"000000002011-01-25-0000January 25, 2011Published in While Mortals Sleep
2br02b !"2 B R 0 2 B"000000001962-01-01-0000January 1962Published in Worlds of If, collected in Bagombo Snuff Box
Adam !"Adam"000000001954-04-01-0000April 1954Published in Cosmopolitan, collected in Welcome to the Monkey House
All The King's Horses !"All the King's Horses"000000001951-02-10-0000February 10, 1951Published in Collier's Weekly, collected in Canary in a Cat House and Welcome to the Monkey House, adapted in episode three of the television series Kurt Vonnegut's Monkey House
Ambitious Sophomore !"Ambitious Sophomore"000000001954-05-01-0000May 1, 1954Published in The Saturday Evening Post, collected in Bagombo Snuff Box
Any Reasonable Offer !"Any Reasonable Offer"000000001952-01-19-0000January 19, 1952Published in Collier's Weekly, collected in Bagombo Snuff Box
Armageddon In Retrospect !"Armageddon in Retrospect"000000002008-04-01-0000April 1, 2008Published in Armageddon in Retrospect
Bagombo Snuff Box !"Bagombo Snuff Box"000000001954-10-01-0000October 1954Published in Cosmopolitan, collected in Bagombo Snuff Box
Basic Training !"Basic Training"000000002012-03-22-0000March 22, 2012Published as a Kindle Single by Rosetta Books, originally written in the 1940s and submitted to McCalls and The Saturday Evening Post
Big Space Fuck !"The Big Space Fuck"000000001972-05-01-0000May 1972Published in Again, Dangerous Visions, collected in Palm Sunday
Big Trip Up Yonder !"The Big Trip Up Yonder"000000001954-01-01-0000January 1954Published in Galaxy Science Fiction, collected in Canary in a Cat House and Welcome to the Monkey House with the title "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow"
Bomar !"Bomar"000000002011-01-25-0000January 25, 2011Published in While Mortals Sleep
Boy Who Hated Girls !"The Boy Who Hated Girls"000000001956-03-31-0000March 31, 1956Published in The Saturday Evening Post, collected in Bagombo Snuff Box
Brighten Up !"Brighten Up"000000002008-04-01-0000April 1, 2008Published in Armageddon in Retrospect
Commandant's Desk !"The Commandant's Desk"000000002008-04-01-0000April 1, 2008Published in Armageddon in Retrospect
Confido !"Confido"000000002009-10-20-0000October 20, 2009Published in Look at the Birdie
Cruise Of Jolly Roger !"The Cruise of Jolly Roger"000000001953-04-01-0000April 1953Published in Cape Cod Compass, collected in Bagombo Snuff Box
Custom-Made Bride !"Custom-Made Bride"000000001954-03-27-0000March 27, 1954Published in The Saturday Evening Post, collected in Bagombo Snuff Box
D.P. !"D.P."000000001953-08-01-0000August 1953Published in Ladies Home Journal, collected in Canary in a Cat House and Welcome to the Monkey House, adapted as the television film Displaced Person
Deer In The Works !"Deer in the Works"000000001955-04-01-0000April 1955Published in Esquire, collected in Canary in a Cat House and Welcome to the Monkey House
Ed Luby's Key Club !"Ed Luby's Key Club"000000002009-10-20-0000October 20, 2009Published in Look at the Birdie
Epicac !"EPICAC"000000001950-11-25-0000November 25, 1950Published in Collier's Magazine, revised and collected in Welcome to the Monkey House, adapted in episode four of the television series Kurt Vonnegut's Monkey House
Epizootic !"The Epizootic"000000002011-01-25-0000January 25, 2011Published in While Mortals Sleep
Euphio Question !"The Euphio Question"000000001951-05-12-0000May 12, 1951Published in Collier's Weekly, collected in Canary in a Cat House and Welcome to the Monkey House, adapted in episode two of the television series Kurt Vonnegut's Monkey House
Fubar !"F U B A R"000000002009-10-20-0000October 20, 2009Published in Look at the Birdie
Find Me A Dream !"Find Me a Dream"000000001961-02-01-0000February 1961Published in Cosmopolitan, collected in Bagombo Snuff Box
Foster Portfolio !"The Foster Portfolio"000000001951-09-08-0000September 8, 1951Published in Collier's Magazine, collected in Canary in a Cat House and Welcome to the Monkey House, adapted in episode seven of the television series Kurt Vonnegut's Monkey House
Girl Pool !"Girl Pool"000000002011-01-25-0000January 25, 2011Published in While Mortals Sleep
Go Back To Your Precious Wife And Son !"Go Back to Your Precious Wife and Son"000000001962-07-01-0000July 1962Published in Ladies Home Journal, collected in Welcome to the Monkey House
Good Explainer !"The Good Explainer"000000002009-10-20-0000October 20, 2009Published in Look at the Birdie
Great Day !"Great Day"000000002008-04-01-0000April 1, 2008Published in Armageddon in Retrospect
Guns Before Butter !"Guns Before Butter"000000002008-04-01-0000April 1, 2008Published in Armageddon in Retrospect
Guardian Of The Person !"The Guardian of the Person"000000002011-01-25-0000January 25, 2011Published in While Mortals Sleep
Hal Irwin's Magic Lamp !"Hal Irwin's Magic Lamp"000000001957-06-01-0000June 1957Collected in Canary in a Cat House, revised and published again in Bagombo Snuff Box
Hall Of Mirrors !"Hall of Mirrors"000000002009-10-20-0000October 20, 2009Published in Look at the Birdie
Happy Birthday, 1951 !"Happy Birthday, 1951"000000002008-04-01-0000April 1, 2008Published in Armageddon in Retrospect
Harrison Bergeron !"Harrison Bergeron"000000001961-10-05-0000October 5, 1961Published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, collected in Welcome to the Monkey House, adapted as a television film in 1995; a short film in 2006; and a second short film entitled 2081 in 2009
Hello, Red !"Hello, Red"000000002009-10-20-0000October 20, 2009Published in Look at the Birdie
Hole Beautiful: Prospectus For A Magazine Of Shelteredness !"Hole Beautiful: Prospectus for a Magazine of Shelteredness"000000001962-01-01-0000January 1962Published in Monocle, with Karla Kuskin
Honor Of A Newsboy !"The Honor of a Newsboy"000000002009-10-20-0000October 20, 2009Published in Look at the Birdie
Humbugs !"The Humbugs"000000002011-01-25-0000January 25, 2011Published in While Mortals Sleep
Hundred-Dollar Kisses !"Hundred-Dollar Kisses"000000002011-01-25-0000January 25, 2011Published in While Mortals Sleep
Hyannis Port Story !"The Hyannis Port Story"000000001968-01-01-00001968Collected in Welcome to the Monkey House, originally intended for publication in The Saturday Evening Post in 1963, but canceled after the John F. Kennedy assassination
Jenny !"Jenny"000000002011-01-25-0000January 25, 2011Published in While Mortals Sleep
Just You And Me, Sammy !"Just You and Me, Sammy"000000002008-04-01-0000April 1, 2008Published in Armageddon in Retrospect
Kid Nobody Could Handle !"The Kid Nobody Could Handle"000000001955-09-24-0000September 24, 1955Published in The Saturday Evening Post, collected in Welcome to the Monkey House
King And Queen Of The Universe !"King and Queen of the Universe"000000002009-10-20-0000October 20, 2009Published in Look at the Birdie
Lie !"The Lie"000000001962-02-24-0000February 24, 1962Published in The Saturday Evening Post, collected in Welcome to the Monkey House
Little Drops Of Water !"Little Drops of Water"000000002009-10-20-0000October 20, 2009Published in Look at the Birdie
Long Walk To Forever !"Long Walk to Forever"000000001960-08-01-0000August 1960Published in Ladies Home Journal, collected in Welcome to the Monkey House
Look At The Birdie !"Look at the Birdie"000000002009-10-20-0000October 20, 2009Published in Look at the Birdie
Lovers Anonymous !"Lovers Anonymous"000000001963-10-01-0000October 1963Published in Redbook, collected in Bagombo Snuff Box
Man Without No Kiddleys !"The Man Without No Kiddleys"000000002011-01-25-0000January 25, 2011Published in While Mortals Sleep
Manned Missiles !"The Manned Missiles"000000001958-07-01-0000July 1958Published in Cosmopolitan, collected in Canary in a Cat House and Welcome to the Monkey House
Merlin !"Merlin"000000001997-01-01-00001997Serialized on bottles of Denver Public Libation Ale, made by Wynkoop Brewing Company
Miss Temptation !"Miss Temptation"000000001956-04-21-0000April 21, 1956Published in The Saturday Evening Post, collected in Welcome to the Monkey House
Mnemonics !"Mnemonics"000000001951-04-28-0000April 28, 1951Published in Collier's Weekly, collected in Bagombo Snuff Box
Money Talks !"Money Talks"000000002011-01-25-0000January 25, 2011Published in While Mortals Sleep
More Stately Mansions !"More Stately Mansions"000000001951-12-22-0000December 22, 1951Published in Collier's Weekly, collected in Canary in a Cat House and Welcome to the Monkey House, adapted in episode six of the television series Kurt Vonnegut's Monkey House
Mister Z !"Mr. Z"000000002011-01-25-0000January 25, 2011Published in While Mortals Sleep
My Name Is Everyone !"My Name Is Everyone"000000001961-12-16-0000December 16, 1961Published in The Saturday Evening Post, collected in Welcome to the Monkey House as "Who Am I This Time?", adapted as a film in 1983 and a radio drama in 2008
Next Door !"Next Door"000000001955-04-01-0000April 1955Published in Cosmopolitan, adapted in 1975 for a short film titled Next Door, and, in 1991, adapted in the first episode of the television series Kurt Vonnegut's Monkey House
Nice Little People !"The Nice Little People"000000002009-10-20-0000October 20, 2009Published in Look at the Birdie
Night For Love !"A Night for Love"000000001957-11-23-0000November 23, 1957Published in The Saturday Evening Post, collected in Bagombo Snuff Box
No-Talent Kid !"The No-Talent Kid"000000001952-10-25-0000October 25, 1952Published in The Saturday Evening Post, collected in Bagombo Snuff Box
Out, Brief Candle !"Out, Brief Candle"000000002011-01-25-0000January 25, 2011Published in While Mortals Sleep
Package !"The Package"000000001952-07-26-0000July 26, 1952Published in Collier's Weekly, collected in Bagombo Snuff Box
Petrified Ants !"Petrified Ants"000000002009-10-20-0000October 20, 2009Published in Look at the Birdie
Poor Little Rich Town !"Poor Little Rich Town"000000001952-10-25-0000October 25, 1952Published in Collier's Weekly, collected in Bagombo Snuff Box
Powder-Blue Dragon !"The Powder-Blue Dragon"000000001954-11-01-0000November 1954Published in Cosmopolitan, revised and collected in Bagombo Snuff Box
Present For Big Nick !"A Present for Big Nick"000000001954-12-01-0000December 1954Published in Argosy, collected in Bagombo Snuff Box with the title "A Present for Big Saint Nick"
Report On The Barnhouse Effect !"Report on the Barnhouse Effect"000000001950-02-11-0000February 11, 1950Published in Collier's Weekly, collected in Canary in a Cat House and Welcome to the Monkey House
Runaways !"Runaways"000000001961-04-15-0000April 15, 1961Published in The Saturday Evening Post
Ruth !"Ruth"000000002011-01-25-0000January 25, 2011Published in While Mortals Sleep
Shout About It From the Housetops !"Shout About It from the Housetops"000000002009-10-20-0000October 20, 2009Published in Look at the Birdie
Song For Selma !"A Song for Selma"000000002009-10-20-0000October 20, 2009Published in Look at the Birdie
Souvenir !"Souvenir"000000001952-12-01-0000December 1952Published in Argosy, collected in Bagombo Snuff Box
Spoils !"Spoils"000000002008-04-01-0000April 1, 2008Published in Armageddon in Retrospect
Tango !"Tango"000000002011-01-25-0000January 25, 2011Published in While Mortals Sleep
Thanasphere !"Thanasphere"000000001950-09-02-0000September 2, 1950Published in Collier's Weekly, collected in Bagombo Snuff Box
This Son Of Mine... !"This Son of Mine..."000000001956-08-18-0000August 18, 1956Published in The Saturday Evening Post, collected in Bagombo Snuff Box
Tom Edison's Shaggy Dog !"Tom Edison's Shaggy Dog"000000001953-03-14-0000March 14, 1953Collected in Canary in a Cat House and Welcome to the Monkey House
Unicorn Trap !"The Unicorn Trap"000000002008-04-01-0000April 1, 2008Published in Armageddon in Retrospect
Unknown Soldier !"Unknown Soldier"000000002008-04-01-0000April 1, 2008Published in Armageddon in Retrospect
Unpaid Consultant !"Unpaid Consultant"000000001955-03-01-0000March 1955Published in Cosmopolitan, collected in Bagombo Snuff Box
Unready To Wear !"Unready to Wear"000000001953-04-01-0000April 1953Published in Galaxy Science Fiction, collected in Canary in a Cat House and Welcome to the Monkey House
Wailing Shall Be In All Streets !"Wailing Shall Be in All Streets"000000002008-04-01-0000April 1, 2008Published in Armageddon in Retrospect
Welcome To The Monkey House !"Welcome to the Monkey House"000000001968-01-01-0000January 1968Published in Playboy, collected in Welcome to the Monkey House
While Mortals Sleep !"While Mortals Sleep"000000002011-01-25-0000January 25, 2011Published in While Mortals Sleep
With His Hand On The Throttle !"With His Hand on the Throttle"000000002011-01-25-0000January 25, 2011Published in While Mortals Sleep
Atrocity Story !"Atrocity Story"000000002017-09-26-0000September 26, 2017Published in Complete Stories
City !"City"000000002017-09-26-0000September 26, 2017Published in Complete Stories
The Drone King !"The Drone King"000000002017-09-26-0000September 26, 2017Published in Complete Stories
Requiem for Zeitgeist !"Requiem for Zeitgeist"000000002017-09-26-0000September 26, 2017Published in Complete Stories
And on Your Left !"And on Your Left"000000002017-09-26-0000September 26, 2017Published in Complete Stories

Articles[edit]

TitleDateNotes
About This Play !About This Play000000001975-01-01-00001975Introduction to Happy Birthday, Wanda June
Address To P.E.N. Conference In Stockholm, 1973 !Address to P.E.N. Conference in Stockholm, 1973000000001973-01-01-00001973Published in Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons
As A Kid I Was The Youngest !"As a Kid I Was the Youngest"Published in Man Without a Country
America: Right And Wrong !"America: Right and Wrong"000000001992-09-12-0000September 12, 1992Published in The Montreal Gazette
American Christmas Card 2004 !"American Christmas Card 2004"000000002004-12-23-0000December 23, 2004Published in In These Times
Arme Dolmetscher !"Der Arme Dolmetscher" (English: "The Poor Interpreters")000000001955-07-01-0000July 1955Published in The Atlantic Monthly, collected in Bagombo Snuff Box
Author's Note To Bluebeard !Author's Note to Bluebeard000000001987-10-01-0000October 1987
Author's Note To Man Without A Country !Author's Note to Man Without a Country000000002005-09-22-0000September 22, 2005
Avoiding The Big Bang !"Avoiding the Big Bang"000000001982-06-13-0000June 13, 1982Published in The New York Times
Bernard Vonnegut: The Rainmaker !"Bernard Vonnegut: The Rainmaker"000000001998-01-04-0000January 4, 1998Obituary for his brother, published in The New York Times
Best Of Bob And Ray !"The Best of Bob and Ray"Book introduction published in Palm Sunday
Biafra: A People Betrayed !"Biafra: A People Betrayed"000000001970-01-01-00001970Published in Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons
Brief Encounters On The Island Waterway !"Brief Encounters on the Island Waterway"000000001966-01-01-00001966Published in Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons
But Words Can Never Hurt Me !"...But Words Can Never Hurt Me"000000001973-01-01-00001973Address at Rededication of Whaton College Library, 1973 published in Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons
Can Great Books Make Good Movies? 7 Writers Just Say No! !"Can Great Books Make Good Movies? 7 Writers Just Say No!"000000001987-01-01-00001987Published in American Film
Chemistry Professor !"The Chemistry Professor"Treatment for a musical comedy based on Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, published in Palm Sunday
Coda To My Career As A Writer For Periodicals !"Coda to My Career as a Writer for Periodicals"000000001999-08-01-0000August 1999Published in Bagombo Snuff Box
Cold Turkey !"Cold Turkey"000000002004-05-10-0000May 10, 2004Published in In These Times
Dear Felix !"Dear Felix"Letter published in Palm Sunday
Dear Mr. McCarthy !"Dear Mr. McCarthy"Letter published in Palm Sunday, book excerpt published in The New York Times on 000000001982-02-07-0000February 7, 1982 as "Books into Ashes"
Dear Mr. Vonnegut 1 !"Dear Mr. Vonnegut"000000002003-02-28-0000February 28, 2003Published in In These Times
Dear Mr. Vonnegut 2 !"Dear Mr. Vonnegut"000000002003-03-24-0000March 24, 2003Published in In These Times
Dear Mr. Vonnegut 3 !"Dear Mr. Vonnegut"000000002003-04-14-0000April 14, 2003Published in In These Times
Do Unto Others !"Do Unto Others"Published in Man Without a Country
Do You Know What A Humanist Is? !"Do You Know What a Humanist Is?"Published in Man Without a Country
Do You Know What A Twerp Is? !"Do You Know What a Twerp Is?"Published in Man Without a Country
Don't Take It Too Seriously !"Don't Take It Too Seriously"000000001966-03-20-0000March 20, 1966Review of Prize Stories 1966: The O. Henry Awards, edited by Richard Poirier and William Abrahams, published in The New York Times Book Review
Dream Of The Future (Not Excluding Lobsters) !"A Dream of the Future (Not Excluding Lobsters)"000000001985-01-01-00001985Published in Esquire
Dresden Revisited !"Dresden Revisited"Introduction to an edition of Slaughterhouse-Five, published in Palm Sunday
End Is Near !"The End Is Near"000000002004-10-29-0000October 29, 2004Published in In These Times
Everything Goes Like Clockwork !"Everything Goes Like Clockwork"000000001965-06-13-0000June 13, 1965Review of Once a Greek... by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, published in The New York Times Book Review
Excelsior! We're Going To The Moon! Excelsior! !"Excelsior! We're Going to the Moon! Excelsior!"000000001969-01-01-00001969Published in Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons
Fall Of A Climber !"The Fall of a Climber"000000001966-09-25-0000September 25, 1966Review of Any God Will Do by Richard Condon, published in The New York Times Book Review
False Advertising !"False Advertising"000000002004-03-24-0000March 24, 2004Published in In These Times
Fates Worse Than Death !"Fates Worse Than Death"000000001984-12-01-0000December 1984Lecture at St. John the Divine, New York City, May 23, 1982, published in Nothing Is Lost Save Honor
Fear And Loathing In Morristown, NJ !"Fear and Loathing in Morristown, NJ"Speech published in Palm Sunday
Foreword To A Saucer of Loneliness !Foreword to A Saucer of Loneliness000000002000-10-10-0000October 10, 2000Published in A Saucer of Loneliness, Volume VII: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon
Foreword To At Millennium's End !Foreword to At Millennium's End: New Essays on the Work of Kurt Vonnegut000000002001-04-01-0000April 2001
Foreword To Player Piano !Foreword to Player Piano000000001952-01-01-00001952
Foreword To The Vonnegut Encyclopedia: An Authorized Compendium !Foreword to The Vonnegut Encyclopedia: An Authorized Compendium000000001996-01-01-00001996
God's Law !"God's Law"Speech published in Palm Sunday
Good Missiles, Good Manners, Good Night !"Good Missiles, Good Manners, Good Night"000000001969-01-01-00001969Published in Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons
Have I Got A Car For You! !"Have I Got a Car for You!"000000002004-11-24-0000November 24, 2004Published in In These Times
He Leadeth Us From Porn: God Bless You, Edwin Meese !"He Leadeth Us from Porn: God Bless You, Edwin Meese"000000001986-01-01-00001986Published in The Nation
Hello, Star Vega !"Hello, Star Vega"000000001965-01-01-00001965Published in Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons
Here Is A Lesson In Creative Writing !"Here Is a Lesson in Creative Writing"Published in Man Without a Country
How Jokes Work !"How Jokes Work"Commencement address published in Palm Sunday
How To Write With Style !"How to Write with Style"Essay published in Palm Sunday
Headshrinker's Hoyle On Games We Play !"Headshrinker's Hoyle on Games We Play"000000001965-06-11-0000June 11, 1965Review of Games People Play by Eric Berne, published in Life
I Am Embarrassed !"I Am Embarrassed"Speech published in Palm Sunday
I Have Been Called A Luddite !"I Have Been Called a Luddite"Published in Man Without a Country
I Love You, Madame Librarian !"I Love You, Madame Librarian"000000002004-08-06-0000August 6, 2004Published in In These Times
I Turned Eighty-Two On November 11 !"I Turned Eighty-Two on November 11"Published in Man Without a Country
I Used To Be The Owner And Manager Of An Automobile Dealership !"I Used to Be the Owner and Manager of an Automobile Dealership"Published in Man Without a Country
I'm Going To Tell You Some News !"I'm Going to Tell You Some News"Published in Man Without a Country
In A Manner That Must Shame God Himself !"In a Manner That Must Shame God Himself"000000001972-01-01-00001972Published in Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons
Infarcted! Tabescent! !"Infarcted! Tabescent!"000000001965-06-27-0000June 27, 1965Review of The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby by Tom Wolfe, published in The New York Times Book Review
Introduction To Bagombo Snuff Box !Introduction to Bagombo Snuff Box000000001999-08-01-0000August 1999
Introduction To Palm Sunday !Introduction to Palm Sunday000000001981-01-01-00001981
Introduction To The Demolished Man !Introduction to The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester000000001986-01-01-00001986Edition published by The Easton Press
Introduction To The Sirens Of Titan !Introduction to The Sirens of Titan000000001990-01-01-00001990Edition published by The Easton Press
Invite Rita Rait To America! !"Invite Rita Rait to America!"000000001973-01-01-00001973Published in Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons
James T. Farrell !"James T. Farrell"Funerary speech published in Palm Sunday
Jonathan Swift !"Jonathan Swift"Rejected introduction to an edition of Swift's Gulliver's Travels, published in Palm Sunday
Knowing What's Nice !"Knowing What's Nice"000000002003-11-06-0000November 6, 2003Published in In These Times
Kurt Vonnegut At Clowes Hall, Indianapolis, April 27, 2007 !Kurt Vonnegut at Clowes Hall, Indianapolis, April 27, 2007000000002007-04-27-0000April 27, 2007Speech, published in Armageddon in Retrospect
Last Words For A Century !"Last Words for a Century"000000001999-01-01-0000January 1999Published in Playboy
Latest Word !"The Latest Word"000000001966-10-30-0000October 30, 1966Review of The Random House Dictionary, published in The New York Times Book Review, collected in Wampeters, Foma and Granfaloons as "New Dictionary"
Lavina Lyon !"Lavina Lyon"Funerary speech published in Palm Sunday
Letter000000001975-11-01-0000November 1975Letter published in Science Fiction Review
Letter From Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., To Walter Miller, 1951 !Letter from Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., to Walter Miller, 1951000000001951-01-01-00001951Letter published in Look at the Birdie
Letter From Pfc Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., To His Family, May 29, 1945 !Letter from PFC Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., to His Family, May 29, 1945000000001945-05-29-0000May 29, 1945Published in Armageddon in Retrospect
Letter To Ute Helena Bertram von Nimcz !Letter to Ute Helena Bertram von Nimczfirst version 1989, revised version 2009Letter published in Die Rolle des Religiösen in den Romanen von Kurt Vonnegut (English: The Role of Religion in the Novels of Kurt Vonnegut, ISBN 3-89406-106-5 / ISBN 978-3-00-027565-4) by Helena Bertram Countess von Nimcz zu Caldaha M.A.
Letter: Vonnegut On Trout !Letter: Vonnegut on Trout000000001975-04-01-0000April 1975Published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Louis-Ferdinand Celine !"Louis-Ferdinand Céline"Introduction to a paperback compilation of Céline's final three novels, published in Palm Sunday
Mark Twain !"Mark Twain"Speech published in Palm Sunday
Money Talks To The New Man !"Money Talks to the New Man"000000001966-10-02-0000October 2, 1966Review of The Boss by Goffredo Parise, published in The New York Times Book Review
Mysterious Madame Blavatsky !"The Mysterious Madame Blavatsky"000000001970-01-01-00001970Published in Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons
Noodle Factory !"The Noodle Factory"Speech published in Palm Sunday
Now Then, I Have Some Good News !"Now Then, I Have Some Good News"Published in Man Without a Country
Okay, Now Let's Have Some Fun !"Okay, Now Let's Have Some Fun"Published in Man Without a Country
Old Fashioned Gadgets !"Old Fashioned Gadgets"000000001998-11-30-0000November 30, 1998Published in Forbes
One Hell Of A Country !"One Hell of a Country"000000001992-02-21-0000February 21, 1992Published in The Guardian
Oversexed In Indianapolis !"Oversexed in Indianapolis"000000001970-01-01-00001970Published in Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons
Palm Sunday !"Palm Sunday"Sermon published in Palm Sunday
Physicist, Purge Thyself !"Physicist, Purge Thyself"000000001969-01-01-00001969Address to the American Physical Society, published in Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons
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At 82, Kurt Vonnegut has published a new collection of essays and speeches. Edith Hwang hide caption

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Edith Hwang

From his first novel, Player Piano, through such classics as Slaughterhouse Five, Breakfast of Champions and Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut has entranced readers, often using sardonic humor to depict horrific events.

Now 82, he lives in New York City and his writing remains trenchant. This week, Vonnegut's collection of essays and speeches, A Man Without a Country will be published by Seven Stories Press. Read an excerpt:

From 'A Man without a Country'

We are not born with imagination. It has to be developed by teachers, by parents. There was a time when imagination was very important because it was the major source of entertainment.

In 1892 if you were a seven-year-old, you'd read a story — just a very simple one — about a girl whose dog had died. Doesn't that make you want to cry?

Don't you know how that little girl feels? And you'd read another story about a rich man slipping on a banana peel. Doesn't that make you want to laugh? And this imagination circuit is being built in your head. If you go to an art gallery, here's just a square with daubs of paint on it that haven't moved in hundreds of years. No sound comes out of it.

The imagination circuit is taught to respond to the most minimal of cues. A book is an arrangement of twenty-six phonetic symbols, ten numerals, and about eight punctuation marks, and people can cast their eyes over these and envision the eruption of Mount Vesuvius or the Battle of Waterloo.

But it's no longer necessary for teachers and parents to build these circuits. Now there are professionally produced shows with great actors, very convincing sets, sound, music. Now there's the information highway. We don't need the circuits any more than we need to know how to ride horses. Those of us who had imagination circuits built can look in someone's face and see stories there; to everyone else, a face will just be a face.

Published by permission of the author and Seven Stories Press.

Kurt Vonnegut: 'A Man Without a Country'

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