For this week’s question, we enter the world of Vonnegut’s short fiction:
What was the name of the Lincoln High School band director who appears in several early stories, including “The Kid Nobody Could Handle,” reprinted in the Welcome to the Monkey House collection?
The answer to last week’s question is “Report on the Barnhouse Effect,” which was Vonnegut’s first published story. Collier’s paid $750 for the story. For Vonnegut, this was the equivalent of two months’ salary at GE.
In September, Seven Stories Press will publish Vonnegut’s Complete Stories, edited by Jerome Klinkowitz and Dan Wakefield, with a Foreword by Dave Eggers. Organized thematically, the book features 97 stories and over 1,000 pages.