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Slaughterhouse-Five (1969): Library Resources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

Library Databases

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Alternate Titles

Please note that Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five has an alternate title: The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death

Reference Materials

Search the Library Catalog for the following reference titles that contain material about Slaughterhouse-Five. These titles may be available in other college or public libraries.

  • American Diversity, American Identity: The Lives and Works of 145 Writers Who Define the American Experience
  • American Writers [supp II, part 2; supp V]
  • Bloom's Literary Themes: Death and Dying
  • Classic Cult Fiction: A Companion to Popular Cult Literature
  • Critical Companion to Kurt Vonnegut: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work
  • Critical Insights: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Critical Insights: Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Critical Survey of Long Fiction [vol 7]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Characters [vol 4]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Places [vol 3]
  • Cyclopedia of World Authors [vol 5]
  • Facts on File Companion to the American Novel  [vol 3]
  • Kurt Vonnegut: A Critical Companion
  • Literature and Its Times: Profiles of 300 Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events that Influenced Them [vol 4]
  • Masterplots [vol 10]
  • Notable American Novelists [vol 3]
  • Novels for Students [vol 3]
  • Thematic Guide to the American Novel
  • Understanding the Literature of World War II: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents
  • The Vonnegut Encyclopedia: An Authorized Compendium

Books & Audio/Visual Materials

Conduct a "Subject Browse" search using the Library Catalog for either:

  • Slaughterhouse-Five
  • Vonnegut, Kurt

You'll find library materials that provide biographical information about Kurt Vonnegut, as well criticism and interpretation of his work.

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