Happy Birthday, Wanda June: A Play by Kurt Vonnegut


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Vonnegut's first play beautifully reimagined using original artwork by the author himself, continuing our repackaging of his backlist and part of a larger Vonnegut publishing program.

At the center of Kurt Vonnegut's first play, which premiered in New York in 1970 and was then adapted into a film in 1971, is big game hunter and war hero Harold Ryan. For eight years, he has been presumed dead, lost in the Amazon rainforest while hunting for diamonds. Now he's back, only to find his wife engaged to a hippy doctor and his son transformed into a pampered sissy. Though his hunting trophies remain, an inexplicable birthday cake sits in the living room bearing a strange icing inscription: Happy Birthday Wanda June. Can the household bear the returning force of Harold's machismo? And who on earth is Wanda June?

Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut’s humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America’s attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959 and established him as “a true artist” (The New York Times) with Cat’s Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, “one of the best living American writers.” Mr. Vonnegut passed away in April 2007.