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“Love, Kurt: The Vonnegut Love Letters 1941-1945” Book Release

December 1 @ 8:00 pm

“If ever I do write anything of length – good or bad – it will be written with you in mind.” – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Kurt Vonnegut’s eldest daughter, Edith, was cleaning out her mother’s attic when she stumbled upon a dusty, aged box. Inside, she discovered an unexpected treasure: more than two hundred love letters written by Kurt to Jane, spanning the early years of their relationship. These pages, yellowed and worn with age, gave a glimpse into an extraordinary love story. Immediately, Edith knew she had unearthed something special, and got to work putting them in order to create LOVE, KURT: The Vonnegut Love Letters: 1941-1945; written by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and edited Edith Vonnegut. You can pre- order the book from the Kurt Vonnegut Museum * Library here, https://kvml.square.site.

A beautiful full-color collection of handwritten letters, notes, sketches, and comics, interspersed with Edith’s insights and family memories, “Love, Kurt” is an intimate record of a young man growing into himself, a fascinating account of a writer finding his voice, and a moving testament to the life-altering experience of falling in love.

“Sweety, promise me something. You scare me when you say that I would have been Shakespeare had I lived then. And you scare me when you say that I am going to create the literature of 1945 and onwards and upwards. Angel, will you stick by me if it goes backwards and downwards? Holy smokes, Angel: what if I turn out to be just plain folks?” – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

For the virtual release of this passionate and illuminating collection, Founder and CEO of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum * Library, Julia Whitehead, will interview Edith Vonnegut about her insights and family memories. Audience members will have a chance to ask questions of Edith and will learn about the inner life and love of one of the world’s most beloved authors during his younger years.

This event will be held via the Zoom app and the access link will be sent to ticket-holders on December 1st via Eventbrite message.

Edith “Edie” Vonnegut is the eldest daughter of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and Jane Cox. She was born in Schenectady, New York in 1949, and raised in Barnstable, Massachusetts. She works as a painter and has exhibited in galleries across the United States. She wrote and illustrated the book Domestic Goddesses. Ms. Vonnegut has also served as a contributing illustrator to The New York Times, Playboy, and the Franklin Mint. She lives in the barn behind the house she grew up in, along with her husband, John, and has two sons and two grandchildren.


December 1
8:00 pm