Description : Vonnegut in Fact offers a thorough assessment of the artistry of Kurt Vonnegut, known not only as the best-selling author of Slaughterhouse-Five, Timequake, and a dozen other novels, but also as the most widely recognized public spokesperson among writers since Mark Twain. Jerome Klinkowitz traces the emergence of Vonnegut's nonfiction since the 1960s, when commentary and feature journalism replaced the rapidly dying short story market. Offering close readings and insightful criticism of Vonnegut's three major works of nonfiction, his many uncollected pieces, and his unique manner of public speaking, Klinkowitz explains how Vonnegut's personal visions developed into a style of great public responsibility that mirrored the growth of his fiction. Klinkowitz views his subject as a gentle manipulator of popular forms and an extremely personable figure; what might seem radically innovative and even iconoclastic in his fiction becomes comfortably avuncular and familiarly American when followed to its roots in his public spokesmanship.
Description : Kurt Vonnegut is one of the few American writers since Mark Twain to have won and sustained a great popular acceptance while boldly introducing new themes and forms on the literary cutting edge. This is the "Vonnegut effect" that Jerome Klinkowitz finds unique among postmodernist authors. In this innovative study of the author's fiction, Klinkowitz examines the forces in American life that have made Vonnegut's works possible. Vonnegut shared with readers a world that includes the expansive timeline from the Great Depression, during which his family lost their economic support, through the countercultural revolt of the 1960s, during which his fiction first gained prominence. Vonnegut also explored the growth in recent decades of America's sway in art, which his fiction celebrates, and geopolitics, which his novels question. A pioneer in Vonnegut studies, Jerome Klinkowitz offers The Vonnegut Effect as a thorough treatment of the author's fiction—a canon covering more than a half century and comprising twenty books. Considering both Vonnegut's methods and the cultural needs they have served, Klinkowitz explains how those works came to be written and concludes with an assessment of the author's place in American fiction.
Description : Gathers interviews with Vonnegut from each period of his career and offers a brief profile of his life and accomplishments
Description : The title of this book, Forever Pursuing Genesis, derives from a statement that Vonnegut once made about the nature of the universe and humankind's place in it. This study applies that statement to the narrative themes that Vonnegut has treated in his career.
Description : Kurt Vonnegut takes on many aspects of life and America, science and fantasy. He points a camera at society and individuals, obscures certain elements of narrative device, and then reveals a twisted, yet recognizable picture.
Description : This volume contains reviews of Vonnegut's major works and essays surveying his career and the history of scholarship on his fiction. The essays show an author preoccupied with life's apparent lack of meaning and purpose, with war and human suffering, and with the precariousness of human psychological and physical survival. Topics covered include: Vonnegut's use of literary devices such as defamiliarization and the hero monomyth; and the theme of the artificially created extended family as a bulwark against loneliness. Of particular interest are Robert Scholes' "Kurt Vonnegut and Black Humor"; David Cowart's "Culture and Anarchy: Vonnegut's Later Career"; and Kathryn Hume's "Kurt Vonnegut and the Myths and Symbols of Meaning." ISBN 0-8161-8893-9: $38.00.