he first authoritative biography of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., a journalist who changed the conversation of American literature
In 2006, Charles Shields reached out to Kurt Vonnegut in a letter, asking for his endorsement for a planned biography. The first response was no ( " Th most respectful demurring by me for the excellent writer Charles J. Shields, who offered to be my biographer "). Unwilling to take no for an answer, propelled by a passion for his subject, and already deep into his research, Shields wrote again and this time, to his delight, the answer came back: " O.K. " For the next year—a year that ended up being Vonnegut 's last—Shields had access to Vonnegut and his letters.
And So It Goes is the culmination of five ears of esearch and writing—the first-ever biography of the life of Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut resonates with readers of all generations from the baby boomers who grew up with him to high-school and college students who are discovering his work for he fourth time. Vonnegut 's concise collection of personal essays, Man Without a Country, published in 2006, spent fifteen weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has sold more than 300,000 copies to date. The twenty-first century has seen interest in and scholarship about Vonnegut 's works grow even stronger, and that is tent ook to examine in full the life of one of thi most influential iconoclasts of his time.