And So it Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life by Charles J. Shields

By Charles J. Shields

The first authoritative biography of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., a author who replaced the dialog of yankee literature

In 2006, Charles Shields reached out to Kurt Vonnegut in a letter, requesting his endorsement for a deliberate biography. the 1st reaction used to be no ("A so much respectful demurring via me for the superb author Charles J. Shields, who provided to be my biographer"). Unwilling to take no for a solution, propelled by way of a keenness for his topic, and already deep into his learn, Shields wrote back and this time, to his pride, the reply got here again: "O.K." For the following year—a yr that ended up being Vonnegut's last—Shields had entry to Vonnegut and his letters.

And So It Goes is the end result of 5 years of study and writing—the first-ever biography of the lifetime of Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut resonates with readers of all generations from the child boomers who grew up with him to high-school and faculty scholars who're getting to know his paintings for the 1st time. Vonnegut's concise number of own essays, Man with out a Country, released in 2006, spent fifteen weeks at the New York Times bestseller record and has offered greater than 300,000 copies up to now. The twenty-first century has noticeable curiosity in and scholarship approximately Vonnegut's works develop even more suitable, and this can be the 1st e-book to envision in complete the lifetime of essentially the most influential iconoclasts of his time.

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There were plenty of cardinals’ daughters, but Felice was now unique; she was the living pope’s only daughter. Such status confirmed her sense of her worth and rarity, and she knew that the possibility of being something exceptional was within her grasp. Yet she also recognized that such ambitions might not necessarily be reached without a struggle. She had resisted, successfully, her father’s attempts to marry her off while he was still a cardinal. But such resistance in those turbulent times, with her father constantly distracted and often far away in France, was relatively easy for a headstrong girl fixed on self-governance.

She knew, moreover, that her father’s new-found glory would also have its impact on her own life. There were plenty of cardinals’ daughters, but Felice was now unique; she was the living pope’s only daughter. Such status confirmed her sense of her worth and rarity, and she knew that the possibility of being something exceptional was within her grasp. Yet she also recognized that such ambitions might not necessarily be reached without a struggle. She had resisted, successfully, her father’s attempts to marry her off while he was still a cardinal.

1 They spoke a language of their own, exchanged rumours and gossiped about events in the city, made deals, accepted bribes. A small girl did not necessarily understand the meaning of it all, but an intelligent one could recognize the importance of such activity. These were the men who made her city work. What Felice learned from her proximity to them had tremendous bearing on how she would later conduct her own life. Equally important to Felice della Rovere’s development was that in Bernardino de Cupis’s circle she had her own worth.

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