Author(s): Kurt Vonnegut
After the publication of his novel Slaughterhouse-Five (Delacorte, 1959) brought him worldwide acclaim in 1969, Kurt Vonnegut became one of America's most popular graduation speakers. There were years when public speaking was his main source of income and he put a great deal of thought and preparation into the things he said and also in his presentations. 'We are performing animals' is one of Vonnegut's trademark sayings, and he took it to heart when he found himself speaking to graduates.
Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) was among the few grandmasters of late 20th century American letters. Vonnegut's other books from Seven Stories Press include his last major bestseller "A Man without a Country," "God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian" and, with Lee Stringer," Like Shaking Hands with God." Seven Stories also publishes Kurt's son Mark Vonnegut's bestselling memoir, "Eden Express: a Memoir of Insanity," with a foreword by Kurt Vonnegut, and Gregory D. Sumner's "Unstuck in Time: A Journey through Kurt Vonnegut's Life and Novels." A longtime friend of Kurt Vonnegut's, Dan Wakefield edited and introduced "Kurt Vonnegut Letters." Wakefield is the author of the memoirs "New York in the Fifties" and "Returning: A Spiritual Journey." His novel, "Going All the Way" was made into a movie starring Ben Affleck. Wakefield also created the NBC prime time series, "James at Fifteen." He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.""