Slaughterhouse-Five

by Vonnegut, Kurt

Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death is a satirical novel by Kurt Vonnegut and is generally recognized as his most influential and popular work. Set around World War II, the novels tells of the story of Billy Pilgrim, a chaplain’s assistant, and his experiences and journeys through time. Billy sees when, how, and why he will die, resulting in his becoming fatalistic. The refrain “so it goes” is used when death, dying, and mortality occur and it appears in the book 106 times. Additionally, the novel can be read as semi-autobiographical: Vonnegut was present during the firebombing of Dresden, a central event in the novel.

Shortly after publication, Slaughterhouse-Five was nominated for two best novel recognitions, a Nebula Award and a Hugo Award, though it lost both to Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness. The Modern Library ranked Slaughterhouse-Five eighteenth on its list of the “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century in 1998. It is also listed in TIME’s “100 Best Novels” (since 1923).

However, mainly due to its irreverent tone and obscene content, Slaughterhouse-Five has been the subject of many attempts at censorship. The novel treats one of the most horrific massacres in European history—the firebombing of Dresden—with mock-serious humor and clear antiwar sentiment. It also depicts sexuality to a revolutionary extent as one of the first literary acknowledgments that homosexual men, referred to in the novel as “fairies,” were among the victims of the Nazi Holocaust. Thus, Slaughterhouse-Five is listed in the American Library Association's list of the “Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–1999” as well as the ALA's “Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2000–2009.”

 The novel has been adapted more than a handful of times, most notably a film adaptation by the same name made in 1972. Although the film did poorly in the box office, it was critically praised, winning the Prix du Jury at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival.

First Edition Identification

Delacorte Press originally published Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death, in 1969. Bound in blue cloth, the 186-page first edition states “First Printing” on the copyright page. The dust jacket states the original price of $5.95 on the upper corner of the front flap.

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

Franklin Library published the first collector’s edition of Slaughterhouse-Five in 1978. This edition is bound in brown leather with gilt lettering and design work, silk end pages, and an attached page marker.

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On Oct 9, 2010, jarrod said
I very much enjoyed this novel. It was my first Vonnegut book, and have since ordered others.I felt it a very well written novel, with a great story, however made a horrible movie.

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London: Jonathan Cape, 1970. Uncorrected Proof. Very Good+/Very Good. Uncorrected proof of the first British edition in trial proof dustwrapper after a design by Brian Edwards, rejected by the publisher, with an image of a Tralfamadorian, and close by a man with gun in holster holding a sword. The words "PROOF ONLY Provisional Publication Date 19th February 1970"… Read more about this item
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1969
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New York: Delacorte Press, 1994. 25th Anniversary Edition. hardcover. Fine/Near Fine. 8" x 5.25" x 0.75. Signed by the Author. Signed by Vonnegut on the first front end paper.<BR> Kurt Vonnegut was a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, and a graduate of Cornell. In World War II he was taken prisoner by the Germans at the Battle of the… Read more about this item
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Franklin Library, 1978. Limited Edition . Hardcover. As New. Cober, Alan E.. Beautiful, leather-bound Collector's edition of Vonnegut's masterpiece. Signed by the author. Brown leather with gilt decoration, four raised bands and gilt titling to spine, gilt to textblock edge, ribbon marker, illustrated by Cober, 173 pages.
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by Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr. (Text) Cober, Alan E. (Illustrations)

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