Literary Techniques

Written after Vonnegut's brief-lived rejection of prose, the novel is a conscious effort to break away from the successful formulas of his...

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Breakfast of Champions Social Concerns

Breakfast of Champions is set in an America stripped of physical and spiritual beauty. Before setting out on the darkly humorous...

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Breakfast of Champions Literary Precedents

Perhaps the most important literary precedent is The Tempest, Shakespeare's symbolic exploration of the role of the artist. Like...

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Breakfast of Champions Related Titles

Although Vonnegut frees his characters in Breakfast of Champions, several are recalled in later books: In the Prologue to...

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Breakfast of Champions Bibliography

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Further Reading

Allen, William Rodney, ed. Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1988. One of the definitive sources on Vonnegut’s personal insights into his literary themes and style and his aesthetic vision.

_______. Understanding Kurt Vonnegut. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1991. A perceptive critical study of Vonnegut’s fiction. Provides many valuable insights into his most important novels and short stories, including an extensive analysis of Breakfast of Champions.

Boon, Kevin A., ed. At Millennium’s End: New Essays on the Work of Kurt Vonnegut. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001. A diverse collection of essays on Vonnegut’s fiction and broader cultural influence.

Broer, Lawrence R. Sanity Plea: Schizophrenia in the Novels of Kurt Vonnegut. 2d ed. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1994. One of the most significant and widely cited works on Vonnegut’s fiction. Probes the depths of what Broer finds to be Vonnegut’s most pervasive theme, schizophrenia.

Leeds, Marc. The Vonnegut Encyclopedia: An Authorized Compendium. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996. Ambitious both in scale and scope, this collection is especially useful as an introduction to Vonnegut’s life, works, and aesthetic.

Marvin, Thomas F. Kurt Vonnegut: A Critical Companion. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002. A thorough and accessible overview of Vonnegut’s major fiction, particularly Breakfast of Champions and Slaughterhouse-Five.

Reed, Peter J., and Marc Leeds, eds. Vonnegut Chronicles: Interviews and Essays. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996. A collection that includes three interviews with Vonnegut and eleven scholarly essays on his work. Among the topics that Vonnegut addresses in the interviews are postmodernism and experimental fiction. Includes a chronology, a bibliography, and an index.

Tomedi, John. Kurt Vonnegut. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2004. Presents an informative overall survey of Vonnegut’s life and literary work, including his nonfiction.