The Vonnegut Effect
Jerome KlinkowitzISBN: 1570035202;
Kurt Vonnegut is one of the few American writers since Mark Twain to have won and sustained a great popular acceptance while boldly introducing new themes and forms on the literary cutting edge. This is the "Vonnegut effect" that Jerome Klinkowitz finds unique among postmodernist authors. In this definitive study of the author?s fiction, Klinkowitz examines the forces in American life that have made Vonnegut?s works possible?some would say necessary. Born in 1922 and still writing trenchantly more than eighty years later, Vonnegut shares with readers a world that includes the Great Depression, during which his family lost their economic support; the Second World War, in which he was captured at the Battle of the Bulge and experienced the firebombing of Dresden; the corporate surge of postwar America, which he abetted as a publicist for General Electric?s Research Laboratory, where "Progress Is Our Most Important Product"; the entrepreneurship of the 1950s,...
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