If This Isn't Nice, What Is? By Kurt Vonnegut


One of the most in-demand commencement speakers of his time, Kurt Vonnegut was always ready with words that were unique, insightful, and witty—words that stayed with his audiences long after graduation. Edited by Dan Wakefield, this book provides the best moments from some of Vonnegut’s most famous speeches in narrative form. An ideal gift for high school or college graduates as well as parents, grandparents, and longtime fans of his work.


Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut is a unique voice in the American canon-a writer whose works are hard to categorize, often straddling the space between literature and science fiction, and filled with cutting satire and dark humor. Like Mark Twain before him, Vonnegut's reputation and impact on American writing and reading will continue to grow steadily and increase in relevance as new insights are made.Vonnegut was born in 1922 in Indianapolis, and studied at the University of Chicago and the University of Tennessee. In the Second World War, he became a German prisoner of war and was present during the bombing of Dresden. This experience provided inspiration for his most successful and influential novel, Slaughterhouse-Five. Vonnegut-admired as much for his views and his "Vonnegutisms" as for his publications-wrote extensively in many forms, including novels, short stories, essays, plays, articles, speeches, and correspondence, some of which was published posthumously.

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