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The Vonnegut Encyclopedia: An Authorized Compendium

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ISBN-13: 978-0313292309
ISBN-10: 0313292302
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.,."The Vonnegut Encyclopedia is an outstanding reference tool....It is indeed unfortunate that Vonnegut is not given the credit he deserves in the academy since he is undoubtedly one of America's finest social critics. This volume should serve to reinforce this fact."-H-Net Book Review

About the Author

MARC LEEDS, a graduate of the University of Buffalo, New York University, and Brooklyn College, directed computer-based writing programs at East Tennessee State University and later at Shawnee State University in Ohio, commuting across five states to do so./e Leeds recently resigned from teaching to become a free-lance writer in Boca Raton, Florida, where he also concentrates on developing hypermedia databases and teaching others to incorporate high technology in the classroom. He is the coeditor of The Vonnegut Chronicles: Interviews and Essays (Greenwood, 1996).

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 712 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (November 30, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313292302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313292309
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.6 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,759,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Crocker on January 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
An invaluable tool for finding facts - both facts as in the date and place of birth of Mr. Vonnegut, and facts (all of them - including contradictions) about the date and place of birth of famed author Kilgore Trout, and Dwayne Hoover, and Eliot Rosewater and thousands of other facts as they exist only in the pages of a work by Kurt Vonnegut. Provides concise explanations of characters, themes, and sources for a vast amount of the Vonnegut oeuvre - published in 1995, it lacks information from Vonnegut's work since Hocus Pocus. Mr. Leeds has crafted a very readable, and extremely informative compilation of what has made Kurt Vonnegut's writing so powerful and resonant in America and throughout the world for nearly 60 years. Though Greenwood has made this vital reference source hard to obtain by conventional fans and scholars, it is worth its excessive price, and should be made available to all throughout the libraries of the world.

A remarkable and impressive achievement of scholarship, and a crucial tool for the study of a crucial American writer.
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If you memory isn't what it used to be and you love Vonnegut, this encyclopedia is just what you need to read or reread Vonnegut's works with full knowledge of plot, character setting and historical detail. A true find and a great buy...I love this book!
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I think the best word to describe this encyclopedia is "excessive." This book has more information about Vonnegut's characters and images and phrasing than Kurt himself probably has. After spending just five minutes browsing through it, I had concerns about Marc Leeds' health; after reading the whole thing, I had grave misgivings. This is the authoritative guide to Vonnegut's works...pick it up!
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