“LISTEN: BILLY PILGRIM HAS COME UNSTUCK IN TIME”: First Edition of the Author’s Slaughterhouse Five; Boldly Signed by Kurt Vonnegut

  • Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade, A Duty-Dance With Death.

Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade, A Duty-Dance With Death.

$5,000.00

Item Number: 3317

New York: Delacorte Press, 1969.

First edition of the author’s masterpiece. Octavo, original blue cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light toning to the spine. Boldly signed by Kurt Vonnegut on the half title page. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

"Slaughterhouse-Five, perhaps Vonnegut's most powerful novel, presents two characters who can see beneath the surface to the tragic realities of human history but make no attempt to bring about change The central event is the destruction of Dresden by bombs and fire storm—a catastrophe that Vonnegut himself witnessed as a prisoner of war" (Vinson, 1414-15). "Kurt Vonnegut knows all the tricks of the writing game. So he has not even tried to describe the bombing. Instead he has written around it in a highly imaginative, often funny, nearly psychedelic story. The story is sandwiched between an autobiographical introduction and epilogue" (The New York Times).

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