Kurt Vonnegut and the Centrifugal Force of Fate

Overview

"He was a Merlin among Men of Letters. Open any Kurt Vonnegut book and the words come to life in rapport with the reader like broomsticks enthralled by a book of spells."

How did he do it? Through early drafts of projects like Breakfast of Champions, Slaughterhouse 5 and "Harrison Bergeron," sensationally different from the published stories, Gary McMahon peers over the shoulder of a man without a country and an American institution. We get to see the original manuscripts and spend time with the complete works, ...

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Overview

"He was a Merlin among Men of Letters. Open any Kurt Vonnegut book and the words come to life in rapport with the reader like broomsticks enthralled by a book of spells."

How did he do it? Through early drafts of projects like Breakfast of Champions, Slaughterhouse 5 and "Harrison Bergeron," sensationally different from the published stories, Gary McMahon peers over the shoulder of a man without a country and an American institution. We get to see the original manuscripts and spend time with the complete works, from Player Piano to Armageddon in Retrospect, including a rare comparison of Vonnegut's journalism with peers like Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786439935
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/27/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 259
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary McMahon lives in Manchester, England, where he lectures and writes. He wrote Camp in Literature (McFarland, 2006), and his articles have appeared in Sight and Sound in London and Stop Smiling in Chicago.

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Table of Contents

1 The Centrifugal Force of Fate 5

2 Armageddon in Retrospect 9

3 Hocus Pocus 15

4 The Sirens of Titan 22

5 God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater 30

6 Cat's Cradle 37

7 Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons 43

8 Breakfast of Champions 69

9 Timequake 91

10 Slaughterhouse 5 102

11 God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian 126

12 Palm Sunday 129

13 Happy Birthday, Wanda June 136

14 Welcome to the Monkey House 143

15 Jailbird 153

16 Bagombo Snuff Box 167

17 Between Time and Timbuktu 172

18 Player Piano 175

19 A Man Without a Country 181

20 Bluebeard 187

21 Sun Moon Star 194

22 Slapstick 196

23 Galapagos 201

24 Mother Night 211

25 Deadeye Dick 217

26 Fates Worse Than Death 223

Chapter Notes 235

Bibliography 243

Index 249

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