"I couldn't help wondering if that was what God put me on Earth for--to find out how much a man could take without breaking": First Edition of Breakfast of Champions; Signed by Kurt Vonnegut With a Self-Caricature

  • Breakfast of Champions or Goodbye, Blue Monday.

Breakfast of Champions or Goodbye, Blue Monday.

Item Number: 81171

New York: Delacorte Press, 1973.

First edition of Vonnegut’s classic work. Octavo, original orange cloth. Boldly signed by Kurt Vonnegut with a drawing of a self-caricature on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Bob Giusti. An exceptional example.

"You have to hand it to Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. In his eighth novel, Breakfast of Champions, or Goodbye Blue Monday, he performs considerable complex magic. He wheels out all the latest fashionable complaints about America—her racism, her gift for destroying language, her technological greed and selfishness—and makes them seem fresh, funny, outrageous, hateful and lovable, all at the same time" (New York Times). It was adapted to film the 1999 film, directed by Alan Rudolph, starring Bruce Willis, Nick Nolte and Albert Finney as Kilgore Trout.