"Never have I risked my life, or even my comfort, in the service of mankind. Shame on me": First Edition of Jailbird; Signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a Self-Caricature
New York: Delacorte Press, 1979. First edition. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Signed by the author with a self-caricature.
Jailbird takes us into a fractured and comic, pure Vonnegut world of high crimes and misdemeanors in government and in the heart. This wry tale follows bumbling bureaucrat Walter F. Starbuck from Harvard to the Nixon White House to the penitentiary as Watergate's least known co-conspirator. But the humor turns dark when Vonnegut shines his spotlight on the cold hearts and calculated greed of the mighty, giving a razor-sharp edge to an unforgettable portait of power and politics in our times. "A gem. . . a mature, imaginative novel-possibly the best he has written. . . Jailbird is a guided tour de force of America. Take it" (Playboy).