Kurt Vonnegut Vocabulary List

anglicanism

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Eliot on the subject of Anglicanism.

bearcat

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Wild as my stories may be, I would never make World War III seem little more hazardous than and as interesting as an automobile trip from New York to Los Angeles in a Stutz Bearcat.

bolivian

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I felt no more closely related to them than I was to Bolivians.

borneo

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A genuine geek, of course, is a carnival employee who is displayed in a filthy cage and billed as "The Wild Man from Borneo."

brahms

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I was delighted to hear recently that Brahms was sick of composing by the time he was 54, and wrote just one short piece for a remarkable clarinetist after that.

bulgarian

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I enclose the address of a Bulgarian publisher, who wishes copies of everything I have published so far.

chilean

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His fellow teachers, the writers Richard Yates, Nelson Algren, Vance Bourjaily, Paul Engle, and Jose Donoso, a leading Chilean novelist, also became friends for life.

corporalcy

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My own Corporalcy was a brevet rank, awarded shortly before my discharge.

cuppy

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The humorist Will Cuppy years ago entitled a book, "The Night the Old Nostalgia Burned Down."

darwinists

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Let him talk to Darwinists, hat in hand.

eightball

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I played a lot of pingpong and eightball with them in the rec hall on the roof.

galway

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Dear Galway Kinnell-- At the age of 75, I had come to doubt that any words written in the present could make me like being alive a lot.

greenwich

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The play was produced off-Broadway, which means, mainly, in Greenwich Village.

grimm

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I introduced her to Kurt at a party I hosted for her book Transformations, a personal retelling of seventeen Grimm's fairy tales.

hakenkreuz

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Hakenkreuz is the German word for "crooked cross," the Swastika, symbol of the Nazis.

hearst

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The only person who ever really did it, I suppose, was William Randolph Hearst.

hepburn

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She is nearly thirty, and held her last job for eight years, and looks a lot like a young Katharine Hepburn.

jeffersonian

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You and your students are lucky to be in Norman Rockwell America, where Jeffersonian debates are possible and usually entertaining.

jimbo

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Mind you, he was driving and talking, and it's only some forty-odd miles from Atterbury to Louise Adams' house where Jimbo had been parked for the afternoon.

jungian

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Dear Roberto-- [...] The Bob and Ray stuff is one part of an adventure in Jungian synchronicity which has enabled me at last to get going on another book with some enthusiasm.

kinkily

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The book really is kinkily erotic, but it would take me a while to explain why.

lehrman

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And I have two others who are somewhat shallow and derivative, but funny and shrewd--Berman and Lehrman.

leningrad

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Anyway--we're going to East Berlin and Dresden and Prague and Vienna and Budapest and Warsaw and Leningrad, and it'll take maybe a month.

loather

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I am a brand name, with equal numbers of friends and loathers.

maharishi

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He thought the Maharishi was a phony but he loved the music of the Beatles, spoke up for Abbie Hoffman, and admired Allen Ginsberg.

malarky

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Well--I feel as though I've lost the years since Slaughterhouse-Five was published, but that's malarky.

manchurian

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What books do you think influenced Oswald most--after The Manchurian Candidate?

mollifier

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Fraternally yours, Kurt Vonnegut August 24, 1983 [New York City] TO RUST HILLS Dear Rust-- What an incomparable mollifier you are.

monmouth

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Cooler heads prevailed, and Ms. Abbadusky later retired from the high school and now teaches communications at Monmouth College.

newfoundland

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My son Mark, incidentally, is having a one-man show of oils in a place called Newfoundland in the Poconos.

olympus

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To me, that meant he had reached Mount Olympus.

pulitzer

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He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1919 for his novel The Magnificent Ambersons, which was later made as a movie by Orson Welles.

saxony

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When General Patton took Leipzig we were evacuated on foot to Hellexisdorf on the Saxony-Czechoslovakian border.

scandinavian

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We will have been to every Scandinavian capital, and Leningrad as well.

scudder

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I just go down Scudder's Lane and stick her in.

sinatra

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Algren had gained fame with his novel The Man with the Golden Arm, which won the National Book Award in 1950 and was produced as a major motion picture starring Frank Sinatra.

sistine

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Everybody is waiting to see what wallpaper he picks out for the Sistine Chapel.

stravinsky

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Kurt June 3, 1998 Sagaponack, NY TO DAVID MILLER In 1993 the New York Philharmonic commissioned Vonnegut to write a new libretto for Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat.

streep

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His novel Sophie's Choice became a movie starring Meryl Streep, who won the Oscar for her portrayal of Sophie.

swinishly

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My exact meaning was this: I love the Russian people, but I think their leaders have often treated my fellow artists most swinishly, and it makes me mad.

taiwanese

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He has a Taiwanese mistress, Leslie Nieh, who will have an office near yours.

tolstoy

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I am doing for them what Tolstoy did for his serfs, what Jefferson did for his slaves.

ukrainian

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Many of these, including Gypsies and Ukrainian turncoats, I heard later, were shot or hanged almost immediately.

undissolvable

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Margaret Meade says that any couple which has had children has an irreversible and undissolvable relationship, which is what you say obliquely in your good letter today.

uninhabitability

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It has a vileness, a George Price uninhabitability that no amateur could achieve.

wesleyan

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He had won a Guggenheim Fellowship and taught at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where he became a professor of English.

woofy

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Dear Woofy: My first act as Writer in Residence was to steal about eight pounds of this stationery while waiting in Paul Engle's unguarded office for the great man to show up.

yugoslavia

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You might tell Rita that many writers (in Iran, Korea, Greece, Yugoslavia, and so on) have told P.E.N., after getting out of prison or whatever, that P.E.N.

zowie

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July, 1961 West Barnstable, MA TO KNOX BURGER Kurt's reference to "this teaching job" that he hopes "will fill me with a little more zowie" was a school on Cape Cod for boys with behavior problems.

zurich

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from 1941 through 1945, translating German dispatches while living and working in Zurich, Switzerland, and acting as an intermediary between the German resistance and U.S. intelligence.