BOLDLY INSCRIBED BY VONNEGUT: FIRST EDITION OF SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE
VONNEGUT, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade, A Duty-Dance With Death. (New York): Delacorte, (1969). Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket.
First edition of Vonnegut's "most powerful novel," a modern classic of time travel, metaphysics and the morality—or lack thereof—of war, boldly inscribed and signed on the front flyleaf: "For Brian—Kurt Vonnegut."
"During the decade of the 1960s Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. emerged as one of the most influential and provocative writers of fiction in America… Slaughterhouse-Five, perhaps Vonnegut's most powerful novel, presents two characters who can see beneath the surface to the tragic realities of human history but make no attempt to bring about change… The central event is the destruction of Dresden by bombs and fire storm—a catastrophe that Vonnegut himself witnessed as a prisoner of war" (Vinson, 1414-15). "A masterpiece… A key work" (Anatomy of Wonder II:1204). With "First Printing" on copyright page. Currey, 407.
Light foxing to fore-edge, faint edge-toning to cloth; dust jacket a bit toned, as often, with very faint stain to front panel. A near-fine inscribed copy.