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  • Published: 15 September 2017
  • ISBN: 9780812993608
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $29.99

Welcome To The Monkey House

The Special Edition




One of Kurt Vonnegut's most beloved books, this 1968 collection now appears in a special edition featuring alternate drafts of the title story and an illuminating, accompanying essay by noted Vonnegut scholar Gregory Sumner, which allows the reader to experience Vonnegut's writing process in real time.

Since its original publication in 1968, Welcome to the Monkey House has been one of Kurt Vonnegut’s most beloved works. This special edition celebrates a true master of the short-story form by including multiple variant drafts of what would eventually be the title story. In a fascinating accompanying essay, “Building the Monkey House: At Kurt Vonnegut’s Writing Table,” noted Vonnegut scholar Gregory D. Sumner walks readers through Vonnegut’s process as he struggles—false start after false start—to hit upon what would be one of his greatest stories. The result is the rare chance to watch a great writer hone his craft in real time.
 
Praise for Kurt Vonnegut
 
“Kurt Vonnegut is, in my view, the great, urgent passionate American writer of our century.”—George Saunders
 
“Vonnegut’s fiction itches to seize the human truth by its large handles.”—John Updike

  • Pub date: 15 September 2017
  • ISBN: 9780812993608
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis in 1922 and studied biochemistry at Cornell University. An army intelligence scout during the Second World War, he was captured by the Germans and witnessed the destruction of Dresden by Allied bombers, an experience which inspired his classic novel Slaughterhouse-Five. After the war he worked as a police reporter, an advertising copywriter and a public relations man for General Electric. His first novel Player Piano (1952) achieved underground success. Cat's Cradle (1963) was hailed by Graham Greene as 'one of the best novels of the year by one of the ablest living authors'. His eighth book, Slaughterhouse-Five was published in 1969 and was a literary and commercial success, and was made into a film in 1972. Vonnegut is the author of thirteen other novels, three collections of stories and five non-fiction books. Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007.

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Praise for Welcome To The Monkey House

“Praise for Kurt Vonnegut   “Kurt Vonnegut is, in my view, the great, urgent passionate American writer of our century.”—George Saunders   “Vonnegut’s fiction itches to seize the human truth by its large handles.”—John Updike”


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