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1 Volume; 300 Pages
General Bibliography
Chronology of Author's Life
Complete List of Author's Works
Publication Dates of Works
Detailed Bio of the Editor
General Subject Index

Table of Contents
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Critical Insights: Kurt Vonnegut
" Featuring a chronology and a list of Vonnegut’s works, this collection provides essential biographical information, contextual criticism...and current critical analysis. "

Editor: Rob Tally

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ISBN: 978-1-4298-3832-0
Print List Price: $85

e-ISBN: 978-1-4298-3848-1
eBook Single User Price: $85

April 2013 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

Critical Insights
Kurt Vonnegut
Outstanding, in-depth scholarship by renowned literary critics; great starting point for students seeking an introduction to Vonnegut and the critical discussions surrounding his work.

Critical acclaim eluded Kurt Vonnegut until Slaughterhouse-Five was published in 1969. An immediate best seller, it earned for the author respect from critics who had previously dismissed him as a mediocre science-fiction writer. Over the course of his career, Vonnegut was honored as the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University, as a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and as the Distinguished Professor of English Prose at the City University of New York. Through his insightful and sympathetic treatment of the psychologically and morally crippled victims of the modern world, Vonnegut earned a reputation as one of the greatest humanist writers of his time.

Edited by Robert T. Tally Jr., an assistant professor of English at Texas State University and Vice President of The Kurt Vonnegut Society, this volume in the Critical Insights series presents a variety of new essays on the popular late-twentieth-century American novelist. For readers who are studying Vonnegut for the first time, a biographical sketch relates the details of his life and four essays survey the critical reception of his work, explore its cultural and historical contexts, situate Vonnegut among his contemporaries, and review key themes in his work. Readers seeking a deeper understanding of the writer can then move on to other original essays that explore a bevy of topics, such as major thematic trajectories in Vonnegut’s work, the significance of metafiction in Vonnegut’s works, Vonnegut’s relationship with conventional Christianity, and Vonnegut’s use of generic conventions. Works discussed include Slaughterhouse-Five, Breakfast of Champions, Hocus Pocus, Cat’s Cradle, and The Sirens of Titan. Among the contributors are Ádám T. Bogár, Charles J. Shields, Donald Morse, Peter Freese, Lara Narcisi, and Shiela Pardee.

Rounding out the volume are a chronology of Vonnegut’s life and a list of his principal publications as well as a bibliography for readers seeking to study this fascinating author in greater depth.

Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

A chronology of the author's life
A complete list of the author's works and their original dates of publication
A general bibliography
A detailed paragraph on the volume's editor
Notes on the individual chapter authors
A subject index


Edited by Leonard Mustazza
One volume; 368 pages
List Price: $85

Outstanding, in-depth scholarship by renowned literary critics. A great starting point for students seeking an introduction to Slaughterhouse-Five and the critical discussions surrounding it.

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