Before the Golden Age of magazines drew to a close half a century ago, a young PR man at General Electric sold his first short story to one of the doomed publications. By the time he'd sold his third, he decided to quit GE and join the likes of Hemingway and Fitzgerald and Faulkner, and try to make a living at $1500. With four major magazines running five stories each week and smaller ones scouting as well, it was a seller's market, and Vonnegut was published regularly by The Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, Argosy and others. For this unusual collection, Vonnegut has selected twenty-four of his favourite stories never published before in book form and has written a new preface for the occasion. Vonnegut scholar Peter Reed, who unearthed the old publications, contributes an introduction. The stories bring us to the beginning of a literary voice that is sure to last forever. BAGOMBO SNUFF BOX, the missing pieces of the master's oeuvre, is a ready made classic for Vonnegut fans new and old.
A wonderful collection of early fiction from the author of Slaughterhouse 5. These 23 bite size short stories were written in the distant 1950s when the USA was full of magazines crying out for material and a tyro writer could still make a living from his craft. Many of the stories deal with grizzled military men experiencing transcendence: in 'The Cruise of the Jolly Roger', a Korean-War veteran wanders in search of meaning and renewal; in 'Thanasphere', 'career soldier' Major Rice is sent into space in a spy satellite and encounters humanit's ghosts. Well made, full of humour as well as pathos, this is a fine collection for those who enjoy elegant storytelling and understated prose. (Kirkus UK)
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 2nd November 2000
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.23