Vonnegut's son disputes new Bio.
Kurt Vonnegutâ€™s Son Disputes New Biography
Kurt Vonnegut finally got his first major biography recently, and so far everybody who’s reviewed it has been shocked by one thing: just how bitter Vonnegut was, in his last years. Biographer Charles Shields spent a lot of time with Vonnegut while working on And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life.
And by all accounts a portrait emerges of a man who’s still angry at his first wife, still struggling with old traumas, and still feeling as though nobody appreciates his life’s work. It’s a very different Vonnegut than the sweet, humorous person we glimpse in his work. Update: We received an email from Mark Vonnegut. See below.
As Vonnegut’s friend John Casey tells the Daily Prospect:
I think it’s a valuable book… Any Vonnegut fan is going to love it, and probably read it with a kind of sinking feeling of how this wonderful writer kept thinking he was a failure. I mean, both early on, when he wasn’t selling and was classified as this science fiction hack, and then even later, when he was so much more filled with self-doubt than I knew.
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This biographer is so off target with what he is saying. I absolutely agree with Kurt’s son Mark. I too saw Kurt a few months before his death and he was nothing as this man describes. I can only conclude that Kurt did not like the man… In fact, I wrote an article about meeting with Kurt for a Californian paper and here it is below.
published in 2007!
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Well, I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet. But if Shields’ portrait is correct, and Vonnegut died a bitter man — who can blame him? He was 84.