Thursday, 14 June 2012

LETTERS OF NOTE: Kurt Vonnegut Again

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Today's offering from Letters of Note returns us to Kurt Vonnegut, about whom I posted back in late-March regarding attempts to ban Slaughterhouse-Five due to its "obscene" language.

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Before becoming a professional writer, Vonnegut worked at General Electric to pay the bills. After selling his first story, he wrote to his father saying that he intended on quitting his job once he had saved enough money from selling stories to match his General Electric salary. He later wrote a more rambling letter to his Miller Harris, in which he explaining that he won't write for The New Yorker because it would involve counterfeiting a different school or style, rather than sticking to what he did best and selling it to less prestigious publications.

Both of Vonnegut's letters can be found here, and my blog post on him back in March is here.

Daniel

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