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Love, Kurt
The Vonnegut Love Letters, 1941-1945
By (author): Kurt Vonnegut Edited by: Edith Vonnegut
9780593133019 Hardcover English General Trade LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Letters Dec 01, 2020
$47.00 CAD
Active 7.74 x 9.47 x 0.87 in | 2.01 lb 240 pages 4C PHOTOS THROUGHOUT Random House
A never-before-seen collection of deeply intimate love letters from Kurt Vonnegut to his first wife, Jane, compiled and edited by their daughter and reproduced in gorgeous full color.

“If ever I do write anything of length—good or bad—it will be written with you in mind.”

Kurt Vonnegut’s oldest daughter, Edith, was cleaning out her mother’s attic when she stumbled upon a dusty box. Inside were more than two-hundred love letters written by Kurt to Jane, spanning the early years of their relationship: from 1941, when nineteen-year-old Kurt heads off to college, to his deployment to Europe in 1944 and the couple’s marriage in 1945. The letters are full of the humor and wit that we have come to associate with Kurt Vonnegut. But they also show more private corners of his mind: Passionate and tender, the letters form an illuminating portrait of a young soldier’s life in World War II as he attempts to come to grips with love and mortality. And they expose the origins of Vonnegut the writer, when Jane was the only person who believed in and supported him, and they had no idea how celebrated he would become.

A beautiful full-color collection of handwritten letters, notes, sketches, and comics, interspersed with Edith’s insights and family memories, Love, Kurt is an intimate record of a young man growing into himself, a fascinating account of a writer finding his voice, and a moving testament to the life-altering experience of falling in love.

GORGEOUS FULL-COLOR PACKAGE: These letters, the majority of WHICH HAVE NEVER BEEN PUBLISHED BEFORE, are precious physical artifacts, some of them handwritten, covered with cut-outs, comics, and sketches (and lipstick kisses!), on a variety of papers. They’re reproduced here in vivid full-color alongside wonderful family photos to make this a beautiful, keepsake package.

A PERSONAL FAMILY PORTRAIT: Edith will provide her own unique insights, memories, and special family photos (most of which ar exclusive to this book) to give a rare behind-the-scenes look into her parent’s relationship and growing up as a Vonnegut.

WWII LETTERS: This book includes letters from the period of time Kurt was missing in action and lived through the bombing of Dresden, an experience that would ultimately inspire his masterpiece Slaughterhouse-Five. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of these events, and A TELEVISION ADAPTATION OF SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE IS IN THE WORKS with Universal Cable Productions.

A LOVE STORY AT ITS CORE: We have the opportunity to watch young love blossom; the hope, excitement, romance, and yearning contained in the letters is both universal and deeply specific.

Kurt Vonnegut’s black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America’s attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959, and established him as “a true artist” (The New York Times) with Cat’s Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, “one of the best living American writers.” Kurt Vonnegut died in April 2007.

Edith “Edie” Vonnegut is Kurt Vonnegut’s oldest daughter. She was born in Schenectady, New York in 1949, and raised in Barnstable, Massachusetts. She works as a painter and has exhibited in galleries across the United States. She wrote and illustrated the book Domestic Goddesses. She has also served as a contributing illustrator to The New York Times Op-Ed page and Playboy. She lives in the barn behind the house she grew up in with her husband, John, and has two sons and two grandchildren.

Author Residence: Barnstable, MA

Author Hometown: Indianapolis, IN; Schenectady, NY

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“[A] revelatory collection of letters… Literary buffs will relish this fascinating, intimate glimpse of a renowned writer’s formative years.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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