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Critical Companion to Kurt Vonnegut
  • Authored by: Susan Farrell, Ph.D.
  • From the Series: Critical Companion to
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816065985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6598-1
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $75.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 08/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 813
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 544


Kurt Vonnegut is one of the most popular and admired authors of post-war American literature—famous both for his playful and deceptively simple style as well as for his scathing critiques of social injustice and war.

Critical Companion to Kurt Vonnegut provides a reliable, up-to-date, and encyclopedic source of information on Vonnegut's life and work for high school and college-level students, teachers, libraries, and the general public. This new book covers all his works, including his novels, such as the unforgettable Slaughterhouse-Five; his short stories, such as "Harrison Bergeron"; and his lectures and essays. Detailed entries on his life, related people, places, and topics are also included in this comprehensive guide.

Entries include:

  • A concise but thorough biography of Vonnegut
  • Synopses and critical assessments of all of Vonnegut's work
  • Descriptions of Vonnegut's characters, including Kilgore Trout, Billy Pilgrim, and many more
  • Descriptions of people, places, and topics important to Vonnegut's life and work, including Dresden, science fiction, Joseph Heller, postmodernism, Mark Twain, and much more
  • Appendixes, including a chronology, a bibliography of primary and secondary sources, a bibliography and discussion of the works of Kilgore Trout, and more.


Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Index. Appendix. Bibliographies. Cross-references. Chronology.

About the Author(s)

Susan Farrell, Ph.D., is professor of English at the College of Charleston. She is the author of Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres: A Reader's Guide as well as many scholarly articles on modern and contemporary fiction.

Reviews and Awards

"...an essential work for academic libraries..."
American Reference Books Annual

"Recommended for public, high school, and undergraduate collections."
Library Journal

"...a valuable reference guide for both students and scholars...a good addition to critical collections on Vonnegut...Recommended."


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