Deadeye Dick

Deadeye Dick is a novel by Kurt Vonnegut originally published in 1982. The novel’s main character, Rudy Waltz, nicknamed Deadeye Dick, commits accidental manslaughter as a child (he carelessly shoots a gun out of a window and fatally strikes a pregnant woman) and lives his whole life feeling guilty and seeking forgiveness for it. He was so traumatized by the events directly after the woman’s death that he lives life as an asexual “neuter,” neither homosexual nor heterosexual. He tells the story of his life as a middle-aged man expatriate in Haiti, which symbolizes New York City, until the end, when the stream of time of the story catches up with him. At this point, he confronts an event that has been suggested and referred to throughout the novel. The generic Midwestern town of Midland City, Ohio (also the setting of Breakfast of Champions) in which Rudy was raised is virtually destroyed by a neutron bomb. At the ending of the book, it appears that Rudy, while he may not have fully come to terms with his actions, has at least come to live with them.

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First Edition

January – 1982

(Standard Hardcover)
Delacorte Press

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Trade Edition

— First Printing —
November – 1983

(Trade Paperback)
Dell Publishing

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Mass Market Edition

November – 1985

(Mass Market Paperback)
Dell Publishing

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Mass Market Edition

—Ninth Printing—
November – 1985

(Mass Market Paperback)
Dell (Laurel) Publishing
ISBN-13: 9780440117650
ISBN-10: 0440117658

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Mass Market (UK) Edition

1987

(Mass Market Paperback)
Grafton Books

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Trade Edition

—Twelfth Printing—
June – 2006

(Trade Paperback)
Dial Press Trade Paperbacks
ISBN-13: 9780385334174
ISBN-10: 0385334176

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Trade Edition

—Twenty-First Printing—
2010

(Trade Paperback)
Dial Press Trade Paperbacks
ISBN-13: 9780385334174
ISBN-10: 0385334176

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