Le ciel tumultueux

Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything

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Not all of the items in Special Collections are particularly old, but they are all pretty amazing.

Pictured above is a collector’s edition of Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut.  This book was personally signed by the author and also contains an inscription addressed to Loree Rackstraw, a long-time friend of Kurt Vonnegut’s with whom he also had a brief romantic relationship.  These two friends met when Vonnegut first began teaching at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and remained close until Vonnegut’s death in 2007. 

If you are interested in learning more about the relationship between Loree Rackstraw and Kurt Vonnegut, feel free to check out Love as Always, Kurt, a memoir published by Rackstraw in 2009. 


Vonnegut, Kurt. Cat’s cradle  Norwalk, Conn. : Easton Press, c2000.

Special Collections x-Collection PS3572.O66 C3 2000 

My dream in life is to get that one hardcover, dust jacket, caricature signed first edition copy of The Sirens of Titan that is floating around. 

But I do have a signed Easton Press copy of Galapagos!

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