Sucker’s Portfolio: A Collection of Previously Unpublished Writing

Learn more about Kindle Serials. These stories trace trivial human lives and mundane desires, which is precisely where Vonnegut’s inimitable perspective as a humanist shines, illuminating his alternating hopeful and dismal outlook, although undoubtedly focusing on the latter. All episodes are now available for immediate download as a complete book.

Also available for the first time is an unfinished science-fiction short story, included in the appendix. Here as in his greatest novels, vonnegut’s writing takes us to the darkest corners of the human soul and with wit and humor, manages to remind us of our potential to be something greater. Episode listthis book was initially released in episodes as a Kindle Serial.

Available to readers for the first time, Sucker’s Portfolio showcases a collection of seven never before published works from Kurt Vonnegut, one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Short, sardonic, and dark, these six brief fiction stories and one non-fiction piece are consummate Vonnegut with piercing satire and an eye for life’s obscene inanity.



Vonnegut's title refers to the telephone number future citizens dial in order to schedule an assisted suicide with the Federal Bureau of Termination. One of vonnegut's best stories of all time, the title pronounced "2 B R naught 2 B" references Shakespeare's "to be, or not to be" monologue from Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.


While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction

Trapped in a stenography pool, a young dreamer receives a call from a robber on the run, who presents her with a strange proposition. Here are stories of men and machines, and how ideals of fortune, fame, art and artifice, and love take curious twists in ordinary lives. National bestseller • foreword by dave eggersthese previously unpublished, beautifully rendered works of fiction are a testament to Kurt Vonnegut’s unique blend of observation and imagination.

An ambitious builder of roads fritters away his free time with miniature trains—until the women in his life crash his fantasy land. Featuring a foreword by dave eggers, While Mortals Sleep is a poignant reflection of our world as it is and as it could be. Includes the following stories: “jenny” “the epizootic” “hundred-dollar kisses” “guardian of the person” “with his hand on the Throttle” “Girl Pool” “Ruth” “While Mortals Sleep” “Out, Brief Candle” “Tango” “Bomar” “The Man Without No Kiddleys” “Mr.

Z” “$10, 000 a year, easy” “money talks” “the humbugs” Praise for While Mortals Sleep“Immensely readable and thoroughly entertaining. The washington Post “Taut, concise. Never has the voice of Kurt Vonnegut, humanist and humorist, been more relevant. The seattle times   “there’s something distinctly timeless about Vonnegut’s vision.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction

While these stories reflect the anxieties of the postwar era that Vonnegut was so adept at capturing—and provide insight into the development of his early style—collectively, they have a timeless quality that makes them just as relevant today as when they were written. A quack psychiatrist turned “murder counselor” concocts a novel new outlet for his paranoid patients.

Featuring a foreword by author and longtime vonnegut confidant sidney offit and illustrated with Vonnegut’s characteristically insouciant line drawings, Look at the Birdie is an unexpected gift for readers who thought his unique voice had been stilled forever—and serves as a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.

Includes these never-before-published stories:“confido” “fubar” “shout about it from the housetops” “ed luby’s key club” “a song for selma” “hall of mirrors” “the nice little people” “hello, red” “Little Drops of Water” “The Petrified Ants” “The Honor of a Newsboy” “Look at the Birdie” “King and Queen of the Universe” “The Good Explainer”“Look at the Birdie brings us the late writer’s young voice as he skewers—sometimes gently, always lethally—post World War II America.

The boston Globe. A family learns the downside of confiding their deepest secrets into a magical invention. It’s impossible to imagine any of these pieces flowing from the pen of another writer; each in its own way is unmistakably, quintessentially Vonnegut. Relentlessly fun to read. Dave eggers • a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fictionIn this series of perfectly rendered vignettes, wise, written just as he was starting to find his comic voice, moral ambiguity, Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm, and funny portrait of life in post–World War II America—a world where squabbling couples, high school geniuses, and small-town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology, misfit office workers, and unprecedented affluence.

If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: The Graduation Speeches and Other Words to Live By

For each occasion, vonnegut’s words were unfailingly insightful and witty, and they stayed with audience members long after graduation. Edited by dan wakefield, ” and “somebody should have told me not to join a fraternity, ” “how to Have Something Most Billionaires Don’t, and including such pieces as “How to Make Money and Find Love!, ” this book reads like a narrative in the unique voice that made Vonnegut a hero to readers everywhere.

Master storyteller and satirist Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most in-demand commencement speakers of his time. A collection of commencement speeches and other wit and wisdom from the New York Times–bestselling literary icon and author of Slaughterhouse-Five. Like mark Twain, Mr. This expanded second edition also includes more than sixty pages of further thoughts from Vonnegut whose good advice wasn’t limited to graduation speeches.

Vonnegut used humor to tackle the basic questions of human existence. The new york Times. Hilarious, razor-sharp, freewheeling, and at times deeply serious, these reflections are ideal not just for graduates but for anyone undergoing what Vonnegut would call their “long-delayed puberty ceremony”—marking the long and challenging passage to full-time adulthood.


FUBAR Short Story

The waters of renewal sometimes course through the unlikeliest of settings. In the short story, ” we’re taken to a desolate building in a drab industrial complex, “FUBAR, where a lonely office worker gains a fresh perspective on life thanks to the intervention of his free-spirited new female assistant.

Fubar” and the thirteen other never-before-published pieces that comprise Look at the Birdie serve as an unexpected gift for devoted readers who thought that Kurt Vonnegut’s unique voice had been stilled forever–and provide a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius.


Welcome to the Monkey House: The Special Edition: Stories

The result is the rare chance to watch a great writer hone his craft in real time. Includes the following stories:“where i live”“harrison bergeron”“who am i this time?”“welcome to the monkey house”“long walk to forever”“the Foster Portfolio”“Miss Temptation”“All the King’s Horses”“Tom Edison’s Shaggy Dog”“New Dictionary”“Next Door”“More Stately Mansions”“The Hyannis Port Story”“D.

P. Report on the barnhouse effect”“the euphio question”“go back to your precious wife and son”“deer in the works”“The Lie”“Unready to Wear”“The Kid Nobody Could Handle”“The Manned Missiles”“Epicac”“Adam”“Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow”. This special edition celebrates a true master of the short-story form by including multiple variant drafts of what would eventually be the title story.

In a fascinating accompanying essay, “building the Monkey House: At Kurt Vonnegut’s Writing Table, ” noted Vonnegut scholar Gregory D. Sumner walks readers through vonnegut’s process as the author struggles—false start after false start—to hit upon what would be one of his greatest stories. Since its original publication in 1968, Welcome to the Monkey House has been one of Kurt Vonnegut’s most beloved works.


Player Piano: A Novel

Vonnegut is a black humorist, fantasist and satirist, a man disposed to deep and comic reflection on the human dilemma. Life “his black logic. Paul’s rebellion is vintage Vonnegut—wildly funny, deadly serious, and terrifyingly close to reality. Praise for player Piano“An exuberant, crackling style. Gives us something to laugh about and much to fear.

The new york Times Book Review. A funny, savage appraisal of a totally automated American society of the future. San francisco chroniclekurt vonnegut’s first novel spins the chilling tale of engineer Paul Proteus, who must find a way to live in a world dominated by a supercomputer and run completely by machines.


Bluebeard: A Novel Delta Fiction

As you whiz along, what you observe may provide some new perspectives. Kansas City Star. So hop in his rumble seat. This is vintage Vonnegut—good wine from his best grapes. The detroit news “A joyride. Joyous, soaring fiction. The atlanta journal and constitutionbroad humor and bitter irony collide in this fictional autobiography of Rabo Karabekian, who, at age seventy-one, wants to be left alone on his Long Island estate with the secret he has locked inside his potato barn.

. But then a voluptuous young widow badgers rabo into telling his life story—and Vonnegut in turn tells us the plain, heart-hammering truth about man’s careless fancy to create or destroy what he loves. Praise for bluebeard“Vonnegut is at his edifying best. The philadelphia inquirer“The quicksilver mind of Vonnegut is at it again.

Ranks with vonnegut’s best and goes one step beyond. Vonnegut is more fascinated and puzzled than angered by the human stupidities and contradictions he discerns so keenly. He displays all his talents—satire, irony, slapstick, ridicule, and even a shaggy dog story of epic proportions.

Armageddon in Retrospect

A fitting tribute to a literary legend and a profoundly humane humorist, Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of twelve previously unpublished writings. The new york times bestseller from the author of Slaughterhouse-Five—a “gripping” posthumous collection of Kurt Vonnegut’s previously unpublished work on the subject of war and peace.

Taken together, these pieces provide fresh insight into Vonnegut's enduring literary genius and reinforce his ongoing moral relevance in today’s world. Includes an Introduction by Mark Vonnegut. Imbued with vonnegut's trademark rueful humor and outraged moral sense, delivered after his death by his son Mark, the pieces range from a letter written by Vonnegut to his family in 1945, to his last speech, informing them that he'd been taken prisoner by the Germans, who provides a warmly personal introduction to the collection.


Worlds of Exile and Illusion: Three Complete Novels of the Hainish Series in One Volume--Rocannon's World; Planet of Exile; City of Illusions

Le guin, one of the greatest science fiction writers and many times the winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards. Worlds of exile and illusion contains three novels in the Hainish Series from Ursula K. Her career as a novelist was launched by the three novels contained here. These books, and city of illusions, are set in the same universe as Le Guin's groundbreaking classic, Rocannon's World, Planet of Exile, The Left Hand of Darkness.

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