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Author Rackstraw, Loree, 1931-

Title Love as always, Kurt : Vonnegut as I knew him / Loree Rackstraw.

Publication Info. Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, [2009]


Location Call No. Status
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  B VONNEGUT, KURT    Check Shelf
 South Windsor Public Library - Biographies  B VONNEGUT    Check Shelf
Description xvi, 282 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Note Includes index.
Contents A writers' "gang" in Iowa, 1965-1966: God bless you, Mr. Rosewater -- Fame at last 1966-1972: Welcome to the monkey house, Slaughterhouse-five, Happy Birthday, Wanda June -- Monkey gland transplant, 1972-1977: Breakfast of champions, Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons, Slapstick -- New lightness of being, 1978-1982: Jailbird, Palm Sunday, Deadeye Dick -- Celebration, crash, and a comeback, 1982-1984 -- Darwin revisited, 1985-1986: Galapagos, Requiem, international P.E.N. -- Renewal out of chaos, 1987-1989: Bluebeard -- Life as a yo-yo, 1989-1992: Hocus Pocus -- Triumph of a "celestial calamity," 1993-1999: Timequake -- Northampton transfer, 1999-2000: Bagombo snuff box -- War yet again, 2001-2004 -- Poetry as survival, 2004-2007: A man without a country.
Summary When Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. ducked into his classroom at the Iowa Writer's Workshop in September 1965, his jokes drew only weak laughter and a few rolled eyes. But workshop student Loree Rackstraw was quietly impressed by this "great bear of a man" and his down-to-earth sensibilities about writing. That fall, an impossible romance began between the then-unknown author and his student--a brief affair that matured into a joyful, lifelong friendship. Rackstraw distills four decades of memories and Vonnegut's letters to her into an affectionate memoir that crackles with the creative energy of one of America's most beloved writers. Rackstraw's unique perspective on Vonnegut's life and how it shaped his famous works portrays a deeply humane man who looked for the humor and absurdity in life in order to survive.--From publisher description.
Subject Vonnegut, Kurt.
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
ISBN 9780306818035
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