Player Piano

Player Piano is the first novel by American writer Kurt Vonnegut, published in 1952. It depicts a dystopia of automation, describing the negative impact it can have on the quality of life. The story takes place in a near-future society that is almost totally mechanized, eliminating the need for human laborers. The widespread mechanization creates conflict between the wealthy upper class, the engineers and managers, who keep society running, and the lower class, whose skills and purpose in society have been replaced by machines. The book uses irony and sentimentality, which were to become hallmarks developed further in Vonnegut’s later works.

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Book Club Edition

August – 1952

(Standard Hardcover)
[Facsimile Dust Jacket]
Charles Scribner’s Sons Publishing

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Mass Market Edition

— Fifth Printing —
January – 1970

(Trade-Size Paperback)
Bard / Avon Books

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Trade Edition

—Third Printing—
March – 1972

(Trade-Size Paperback)
Delta Publishing
ISBN-13: 9780385287975
ISBN-10: 0385287976

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Mass Market Edition

— Eleventh Printing —
March – 1972

(Mass Market Paperback)
Bard / Avon Books

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Mass Market Edition

— Thirteenth Printing —
February – 1973

(Mass Market Paperback)
Bard / Avon Books

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Special Book Club Edition

1973

(Standard Hardcover)
Delacorte Press

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Mass Market (UK) Edition

—Second Printing—
1975

(Mass Market Paperback)
Panther Books

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Mass Market Edition

— Sixth Printing —
June – 1975

(Trade-Size Paperback)
Dell Publishing
(BOX SET)

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Mass Market Edition

— First Printing —
November – 1988

(Mass Market Paperback)
Dell (Laurel) Publishing

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Mass Market Edition

—Forty-Fourth Printing—
November – 1988

(Mass Market Paperback)
Dell (Laurel) Publishing
ISBN-13: 9780440170372
ISBN-10: 0440170370

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Mass Market Edition

—Twenty-First Printing—
September – 2006

(Full-Size Paperback)
Dial Press Trade Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780385333788
ISBN-10: 0385333781

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