Slapstick

Slapstick, or Lonesome No More! is a science fiction novel by American author Kurt Vonnegut. Written in 1976, it depicts Vonnegut’s views of loneliness, both on an individual and social scale. The novel, published in 1976, is presented as a meditation on death, and on Vonnegut’s relationship with his sister Alice. As the author explains in an extended prologue, his sister died of cancer in 1958, a mere two days after her husband had also died in a train accident. Vonnegut adopted and raised two of her three children. The third, Peter, was adopted and raised by relatives in Birmingham Alabama. The novel was written shortly after the death of the author’s uncle, and in fact, the idea for the entire book came to Vonnegut in a dream he had on a plane on the way to the funeral.

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First Edition

1976
—First Printing—

(Standard Hardcover)
Delacorte Press

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Limited First Edition

1976
—First Printing—

(Special Hardcover)
The Franklin Library

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Trade (UK) Edition

1976

(Mass Market Paperback)
The Anchor Press Ltd.

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Mass Market Edition

—First Printing—
December – 1978

(Mass Market Paperback)
Dell Publishing

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Mass Market (UK) Edition

—Second Printing—
1978

(Mass Market Paperback)
Panther Books

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Mass Market Edition

— Sixth Printing —
November – 1981

(Mass Market Paperback)
Dell Publishing

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Mass Market Edition

—Twenty-Third Printing—
August – 1989

(Mass Market Paperback)
Dell (Laurel) Publishing
ISBN-13: 9780440180098
ISBN-10: 0440180090

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Trade Edition

—Eleventh Printing—
January – 2006

(Trade Paperback)
Dial Press Trade Paperbacks
ISBN-13: 9780385334235
ISBN-10: 0385334230

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Trade (UK) Edition

—Twenty-Fifth Printing—
2008

(Trade [Glossy] Paperback)
Vintage Books – London
ISBN-13: 9780099842705
ISBN-10: 009984270X

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Trade Edition

—Twenty-Fourth Printing—
2010

(Trade Paperback)
Dial Press Trade Paperbacks
ISBN-13: 9780385334235
ISBN-10: 0385334230

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