This title presents insights into Vonnegut's extensive nonfiction as a key to understanding innovation in his novels. ""Vonnegut in Fact"" offers a thorough assessment of the artistry of Kurt Vonnegut, known not only as the best-selling author of ""Slaughterhouse-Five"", ""Timequake"", and a dozen other novels, but also as the most widely recognized public spokesperson among writers since Mark Twain. Jerome Klinkowitz traces the emergence of Vonnegut's nonfiction since the 1960s, when commentary and feature journalism replaced the rapidly dying short story market. Offering close readings and criticism of Vonnegut's three major works of nonfiction, his many uncollected pieces, and his unique manner of public speaking, Klinkowitz explains how Vonnegut's personal visions developed into a style of great public responsibility that mirrored the growth of his fiction. Klinkowitz views his subject as a gentle manipulator of popular forms and an extremely personable figure. What might seem radically innovative and even iconoclastic in his fiction becomes comfortably avuncular and familiarly American when followed to its roots in his public spokesmanship.
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"Klinkowitz is surely right that with a writer such as Vonnegut, where the fiction and the life resonate so closely, a serious appreciation of the nonfiction pieces, on the same level as the novels, is essential to our understanding of the whole oeuvre." - Modern Language Studies "This interesting and intellectually refreshing book... is perhaps the best critical work ever done on Vonnegut." - Utopian Studies"
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