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Cat's Cradle (1963): Library Resources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle

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Reference Material

Search the Library Catalog for the following reference titles that contain material about Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle.  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 [supl 2, part 2; vol 11]
  • Classic Cult Fiction: A Companion to Popular Cult Literature
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vols 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 22, 40, 60, 111, 212, 254] - look for Cat's Cradle in the Cumulative Title Index, a separate paperback index that accompanies this multi-volume work
    • [vol 196] - locate the topical essay "Contemporary Black Humor"
  • Critical Companion to Kurt Vonnegut: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work
  • Critical Survey of Long Fiction [vol 7]
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Characters [vol 1]
  • Cyclopedia of World Authors [vol 5]
  • Kurt Vonnegut: A Critical Companion
  • Masterplots II: American Fiction [vol 1]
  • Modern American Literature [vols 4, 5, 6]
  • Notable American Novelists [vol 3]
  • Novels for Students [vol 28]
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism  (TCLC)- Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vol 54] - locate the topical essay "American Black Humor Fiction"
    • [vol 66] - locate the topical essay "Disease and Literature"
    • [vol 98] - locate the topical essay "Violence and Literature"
    • [vol 186] - locate the topical essay "Cold War Literature"
    • [vol 210] - locate the topical essay "American Dream in Literature"
  • The Vonnegut Encyclopedia: An Authorized Compendium

Books & Audio/Visual Materials

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  • Vonnegut, Kurt

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

eBook Spotlight

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