Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut [FIRST EDITION • FIRST PRINTING] 1968 • Delacorte Press
Welcome to the Monkey House: A Collection of Short Works by Kurt Vonnegut
FIRST EDITION • FIRST PRINTING  DELACORTE PRESS
Hardcover sans dust jacket in good condition.
Nice, brightly colored boards with minimal wear. *Book has what appears to be a smudges publishers mark [black ink] on length of text block [SEE PHOTOS] that is visible on the edges of first 1/4 of the book.
Otherwise, tightly bound, page faces are beautiful: clean white and unmarked.
*Dated by org. owner on front endpaper in 1968.
This brilliant collection of stories and essays by the author of "Cat's Cradle," "Player Piano" and "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater," etc., displays Kurt Vonnegut's versatility, satire and imaginative power, and reinforces his position as one of the contemporary American masters of fiction.
From the widely anthologized Orwellian story of the future, "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow," to the sharp puncture of The Random House Dictionary in "New Dictionary," this collection covers a wide variety of themes: a "moral" birth control pill which destroys all pleasure in sex; letters exchanged by the fathers of a Russian and an American astronaut who have collided in space; a chess game played with human beings for pieces, a game in which lost pieces are shot; a cheap and legal machine which makes people happy while they starve to death; a half-black war orphan in Germany who has never seen a black man; etc. Most of these stories were originally published in national magazines such as "Cosmopolitan," "Playboy," "Ladies' Hom Journal," and "The Saturday Evening Post."