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Library of America announces new Kurt Vonnegut collection includes
Edited Press Release
The Library of America announced it has compiled a new collection by
the late Kurt Vonnegut
(1922-2007), who is widely considered one of America’s greatest
writers. “Kurt Vonnegut: Novels & Stories 1950-1962” includes all
three of his early novels and six classic science fiction stories in a
hard cover edited by Sidney Offit.
book’s novels include the following three Vonnegut classics:
Vonnegut’s first novel, "Player Piano," is the story of Dr. Paul
Proteus, chief engineer at the Ilium Works. Ill at ease with himself
and his changing times, Proteus must choose sides in a looming civil
war that threatens the brave new world he has helped to create. A witty
satire on the culture of General Electric headquarters (where Vonnegut
once worked as a publicist), Player Piano is a profound meditation on
the dignity and necessity of work.
Set on Earth, Mars, Mercury, and the moons of Saturn, "The Sirens of
Titan" is a vertiginous ride down a funnel in space-time with a trio of
stuffed shirts spoiling for their pratfalls: Winston Niles Rumfoord, a
patrician New Englander and paragon of style; his beautiful
touch-me-not wife, Beatrice; and Malachi Constant, the world’s
luckiest, wealthiest man. Are they really what they imagine themselves
to be, the perfected products of a benevolent universe? Or does
somebody up there despise them? Only Salo, the gentleman-robot from the
planet Tralfamadore, knows for sure.
In 1961 a German American named Howard W. Campbell, Jr. — the Tokyo
Rose of the Third Reich — is discovered in Manhattan by a team of Nazi
hunters and brought to Jerusalem to stand trial. "Mother Night"
presents Campbell’s prison-cell confessions, revealing him to be a
double agent who infiltrated the highest echelons of the Nazi
propaganda ministry in order to broadcast intelligence to the Allies.
But as he awaits his date with justice, Campbell faces an even more
rigorous trial in the court of his own conscience.
The hardcover of Kurt Vonnegut: Novels & Stories 1950-1962 is
available now at bookstores across the USA, and at the LOA Web Store
among other online retailers.
The Library of America is an award-winning nonprofit publisher
dedicated to preserving America’s best writing in handsome, enduring
volumes, featuring authoritative texts. For more information check out
the LOA website.
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