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Name: Welcome to the Monkey House

Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Year: 1968
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Genres/categories: Short Stories, Science fiction, Classic, Humor

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ISBN:
9780694502479
9785557024129
0694502472
5557024123
This short-story collection
(1968) incorporates almost completely Vonnegut's 1961 "Canary in a Cathouse," which appeared within a few months of
and capitalized upon that breakthrough novel and the enormous attention it suddenly brought.
Drawn from both specialized science fiction magazines and the big-circulation general magazines which Vonnegut had been one of the few science writers to sell, the collection includes some of his most accomplished work from 1950 to 1968. The title story may be his most famous - a diabolical government asserts control through compulsory technology removing orgasm from sex - but Vonnegut's bitterness and wit, not in his earlier work as poisonous or unshielded as it later became, is well demonstrated.
Two early stories from Galaxy science fiction magazine and one from Fantasy & Science Fiction (the famous "Harrison Bergeron") show Vonnegut's careful command of a genre about which he was always ambivalent, stories like "More Stately Mansions" or "The Foster Portfolio" the confines and formula of a popular fiction of which he was always suspicious. Vonnegut's affection for humanity and bewilderment as its corruption are manifest in these early works.
Several of these stories (those which appeared in Collier's) were commissioned by Vonnegut's Cornell classmate and great supporter Knox Burger, also born in 1922.
Contents
xii Preface (Welcome to the Monkey House) (1968) essay by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
1 Where I Live non-genre (1964) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (variant of You've Never Been to Barnstable?) [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
7 Harrison Bergeron (1961) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
15 Who Am I This Time? non-genre (1961) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (variant of My Name Is Everyone) [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
30 Welcome to the Monkey House (1968) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
51 Long Walk to Forever non-genre (1960) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
59 The Foster Portfolio non-genre (1951) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
75 Miss Temptation non-genre (1956) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
90 All the King's Horses non-genre (1951) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
111 Tom Edison's Shaggy Dog non-genre (1953) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
118 New Dictionary non-genre (1966) essay by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
124 Next Door non-genre (1955) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
134 More Stately Mansions non-genre (1951) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
147 The Hyannis Port Story non-genre (1968) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
161 D. P. non-genre (1953) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
173 Report on the Barnhouse Effect (1950) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (variant of The Report on the Barnhouse Effect) [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
189 The Euphio Question (1951) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
206 Go Back to Your Precious Wife and Son non-genre (1962) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
222 Deer in the Works non-genre (1955) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
238 The Lie non-genre (1962) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
254 Unready to Wear (1953) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
270 The Kid Nobody Could Handle non-genre [George M. Helmholtz] (1955) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
284 The Manned Missiles (1958) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
297 EPICAC (1950) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
306 Adam non-genre (1954) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
315 Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow (1954) short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (variant of The Big Trip Up Yonder) [as by Kurt Vonnegut]
About the author:
Kurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist.
His experiences as an advance scout in the Battle of the Bulge, and in particular his witnessing of the bombing of Dresden, Germany whilst a prisoner of war, would inform much of his work. This event would also form the core of his most famous work, Slaughterhouse-Five, the book which would make him a millionaire. This acerbic 200-page book is what most people mean when they describe a work as "Vonnegutian" in scope.
Vonnegut was a self-proclaimed humanist and socialist and a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
The novelist is known for works blending satire, black comedy and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Cat's Cradle (1963), and Breakfast of Champions (1973).

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