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    A Collection of Four Excellent Typed Letters Signed by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Four Excellent Typed Letters Signed to the Editor of Crawdaddy Magazine, including: Typed Letter Signed. April 14, 1973. One quarto page on one quarto leaf. Signed "Kurt Vonnegut, Jr" at the bottom. On plain white paper. Approximately 11 x 8.5 inches. Several horizontal creases, one of which has a creased tear at the left margin, a few small tears in the body of the letter which affect text, lower edge of leaf is creased with some tears, one of which affects Vonnegut's signature. Good condition. Addressed "Dear Mr. Mitchell". An answer to an interview request (Mitchell, at that time, worked for Crawdaddy Magazine), in which Vonnegut politely declines until a later date: "So, if you still want to interview me, let us be patient and wise, and let a few months go by. I'm pretty much in New York permanently. I'll be teaching at CCNY next fall, along with your friend and mine, Joe Heller. Let's see what sort of wisdom, if any, is shaped by that teaching experience. You might find me wise about life instead of shrewd about publishing.". [Together With:] Typed Letter Signed. March 18 1974. One quarto page on one quarto leaf. Signed "Kurt" at the bottom. On plain white paper. Approximately 11 x 8.5 inches. Several horizontal creases, Vonnegut has made a few ink corrections by hand. Near fine. In original typed mailing envelope. Addressed "Dear Greg". In this letter, Vonnegut thanks the writer of the interview he (Vonnegut) had for Crawdaddy Magazine (which would later appear in the April, 1974 issue), and mentions an apparent gaffe which the writer has made in the article: "It really is rotten luck that you didn't know about Wiesel. His Auschwitz experience is really [crossed out] quite famous, since he has written so much about it. He is a sort of living Anne Frank. He was just a little kid there. His is much younger than I am. It would probably gum things up if you were to send him a personal apology. Chances are that the gaffe will never come to his attention. If it does, you can send him the printed apology with a covering letter which is properly contrite." [Together With:] Typed Letter Signed. July 28 1981. One quarto page on one quarto leaf. Signed "Kurt Vonnegut" at the bottom. On plain white paper. Approximately 11 x 8.5 inches. Several horizontal creases. Near fine. In original hand-written mailing envelope. Addressed "Dear Greg Mitchell". In this letter, Vonnegut politely declines to read Mitchell's upcoming book and give it a quote for publication. "But I have to tell you that I no longer read galleys and give quotes to anyone. As the Daily News pointed out a couple of weeks ago, Margaret Mead and I have given quotes more copiously than anyone in literary history. The implication was that this is a soft-headed thing to be. A critic in Boston a few years back made a public New Year's resolution that he would never again read a book recommended by me, since I would recommend anything. So a quote from me on the jacket of your no-doubt excellent book would be a sort of low comedy." [Together With:] Typed Letter Signed. Nov 30 82. One quarto page on one quarto leaf. Signed "Kurt" at the bottom. On plain white paper. Approximately 11 x 8.5 inches. Several horizontal creases. Near fine. In original hand-written mailing envelope. Addressed "Dear Greg Mitchell". Here, Vonnegut thanks Mitchell for a magazine which he sent, and politely declines to contribute for the time being (Mitchell no longer worked for Crawdaddy Magazine, which had gone out of business). "I celebrate your remaining in journalism, and thank you for the copy of Nuclear Times. I write pacifistic speeches rather than essays these days, and they tend to be repetitious. It is hard to come up with new material. Still, if I bang out something I think you might like, I will send it along." An excellent collection.

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