Synopses & Reviews
Before the Golden Age of magazines drew to a close half a century ago--soon to be beaten at the entertainment game by the new little boxes with moving images that were finding their way into the homes of more and more Americans--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 fifteen hundred dollars a pop. With four major magazines running five stories each week and smaller ones scouting as well, it was a seller's market, and Kurt Vonnegut was delighted--and comfortable--being published regularly by The Saturday Evening Post
, and others. For this unusual collection, Vonnegut has selected twenty-four of his favorite 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. Now readers can relive the genesis of a master. Stories such as "Any Reasonable Offer," "The Powder Blue Dragon," "Hal Irwin's Magic Lamp," and "Lovers Anonymous" 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.
Table of Contents
Thanasphere -- Mnemonics -- Any reasonable offer -- Package -- No-talent kid -- Poor little rich town -- Souvenir -- Cruise of the Jolly Roger -- Custom-made bride -- Ambitious sophomore -- Bagombo snuff box -- Powder-blue dragon -- Present for Big Saint Nick -- Unpaid consultant -- Der Arme Dolmetscher -- Boy who hated girls -- This son of mine -- Night for love -- Find me a dream -- Runaways -- 2BRO2B -- Lovers Anonymous -- Hal Irwin's magic lamp.