The Sirens of Titan. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
The Sirens of Titan
The Sirens of Titan
The Sirens of Titan

The Sirens of Titan

New York: Dell Publishing Company, Inc., 1959. First edition, first printing. Paperback. This is a first edition, first printing of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s second novel. This Dell mass market paperback is in good plus condition. This example has the usual vertical creasing to the spine and light wear to the edges and corners. The covers and page edges retain their vibrant colors and the spine is likewise unfaded. The contents are free of spotting, ownership markings, and dog ears with the pages evenly browned as inevitable for paperbacks of this era. The Sirens of Titan was conceived when Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-2007) ran into Knox Burger, an old classmate turned editor at Dell, at a New York cocktail party. Vonnegut was struggling with his only published work half-a-decade in the past and seven children to support, three of his own and four of his late sister’s, recently orphaned. When Burger asked Vonnegut if he had any ideas for a novel, the writer began spinning a tale of interplanetary travel and the free will of mankind. The two excused themselves to an empty room and planned out the whole novel; Vonnegut completed the manuscript in just a few months. Dell released the novel to modest acclaim. It was a finalist for the 1960 Hugo Award for Best Novel and over time grew a cult following. Among those the novel influenced are Douglas Adams, who cited it as an inspiration for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia, who purchased the movie rights. The Sirens of Titan effectively establishes Vonnegut’s themes - the futility of war, the absurdity of modern life, the impact of technology (and tenor) his use of short sentences, dark humor, irony, and a postmodern sensibility - that would influence American fiction in the late 20th century. Item #004653

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