Vonnegut's letters bear the stamp of disapproval

Letters by Kurt Vonnegut. Vintage Classics, €31.50.

27th April, 2013
Kurt Vonnegut: 'The past four years have been mean buggers for me,' he wrote some time after attaining stardom with Slaughterhouse-Five. Photo: Getty

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Kurt Vonnegut's stock as a writer skyrocketed in the late 1960s with the publication of the book that he is chiefly remembered for - the semi-autobiographical World War II novel Slaughterhouse-Five - and it more or less stayed there until his death in 2007. The critical plaudits flowed like sweet honey, the good reviews rarely let up (with a few exceptions, as we shall see), and the cash kept rolling in.

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