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Best known as one of America's most astonishing and enduring contemporary novelists, Kurt Vonnegut was also a celebrated commencement address giver. If This Isn't Nice, What Is?... Read more
Best known as one of America's most astonishing and enduring contemporary novelists, Kurt Vonnegut was also a celebrated commencement address giver. If This Isn't Nice, What Is? collects the speeches and words of wisdom Vonnegut has shared with new graduates over the years. This much-expanded edition now includes a total of 15 of Vonnegut's speeches. In each, Vonnegut takes pains to find the few things worth saying and a conversational voice to say them in that isn't heavy-handed, pretentious or glib, but funny, serious and joyful.
If This Isn't Nice, What Is? (much) Expanded Second Edition Hardback edition by Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut (1922?2007) was among the very few grandmasters of late-twentieth-century American letters, one without whom the very term "American literature" would mean much less than it does now. Vonnegut's other books from Seven Stories Press include his last major bestseller A Man Without a Country, as well as God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian and, with Lee Stringer, Like Shaking Hands with God.
In addition to these books, 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 history of Vonnegut's fourteen novels, 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 15. He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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