Pieratt, Asa B.

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Locher, Frances Carol (ed.) Contemporary Authors. Volumes 77-80. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1979. pp. 423-424. May, Hal and Deborah A. Straub. Contemporary Authors. New Revisions Series, Volume 25. Detroit: Gale Research Inc., 1989. pp. 464-474.

Librarian and bibliographer Asa Pieratt was born August 30, 1938, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He received a B.A. from Kalamazoo College in 1961 and an A.M.L.S. from the University of Michigan in 1965. He also studied at Universidad de los Andes (1959), Jane Greenfield Bindery (1968–1969), and Columbia University (1969–1970).

Mr. Pieratt worked on the library staffs of numerous colleges and universities, including the University of Michigan (1962–1964); Miami-Dade Junior College (1965–1966); Bowling Green State University (1966–1967); University of New Haven, Connecticut (1967–1973); and the University of Delaware (1973–1992), from which he retired in 1992.

Pieratt co-authored, with Jerome Klinkowitz, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.: a descriptive bibliography and annotated secondary checklist (1974); Donald Barthelme: a descriptive bibliography (1978); and Kurt Vonnegut: a comprehensive bibliography . He also contributed to The Vonnegut Statement (1973).

In addition to Mr. Pieratt’s interest in and collection of material related to Kurt Vonnegut, he also collects postcards and has written Postcard Pageantry: celebrations of major and minor expositions, fairs, and events in early twentieth-century America (1978).

Mr. Pieratt resides in Newark, Delaware.

American novelist Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was born on November 11, 1922, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Between 1940 and 1947, Vonnegut attended classes at several universities, including Cornell University (1940–1942), Carnegie Institute of Technology (1943), and the University of Chicago (1945–1947). He received a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago in 1971.

During World War II, Vonnegut was an infantryman in the U.S. Army, who was subsequently captured and held as a prisoner of war in Dresden. He survived the February 13, 1945, firebombing of Dresden by the Allied forces, which took the lives of 135,000 German civilians. The story of Billy Pilgrim in Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, is based on Vonnegut's Dresden experience.

Since his first novel, Player Piano, published by Scribner in 1952, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. has written twelve novels, including The Sirens of Titan (1959), Mother Night (1962), Cat's Cradle (1963), God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1965), Slaughterhouse Five (1969), Breakfast of Champions (1973), Slapstick (1976), Jailbird (1979), Dead-Eye Dick (1982), Galapagos (1985), Bluebeard (1987), and Hocus Pocus (1990).

In addition to his novels, Vonnegut has written plays, including Happy Birthday, Wanda June (1960) and Between Time and Timbutktu (1972); short fiction, collected in Canary in a Cathouse (1961) and Welcome to the Monkey House (1968); as well as essays, juvenile literature, and autobiographies. His two autobiographical “collages” (his subtitle for each) are titled Palm Sunday (1981) and Fates Worse than Death (1991).

A number of Vonnegut’s novels have been produced as plays or films; of these, the most widely known is Universal’s 1972 film version of Slaughterhouse Five .

In the 1990s Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. continues to write and to lecture at universities, churches, and national conferences. He is an outspoken opponent of censorship and war.

From the guide to the Asa Pieratt papers relating to, Kurt Vonnegut: A Comprehensive Bibliography, 1986–1987, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

Locher, Frances Carol (ed.) Contemporary Authors. Volumes 77-80. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1979. pp. 423-424. May, Hal and Deborah A. Straub. Contemporary Authors. New Revisions Series, Volume 25. Detroit: Gale Research Inc., 1989. pp. 464-474.

Librarian and bibliographer Asa Pieratt was born August 30, 1938, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He received a B.A. from Kalamazoo College in 1961 and an A.M.L.S. from the University of Michigan in 1965. He also studied at Universidad de los Andes (1959), Jane Greenfield Bindery (1968–1969), and Columbia University (1969–1970).

Mr. Pieratt worked on the library staffs of numerous colleges and universities, including the University of Michigan (1962–1964); Miami-Dade Junior College (1965–1966); Bowling Green State University (1966–1967); University of New Haven, Connecticut (1967–1973); and the University of Delaware (1973–1992), from which he retired in 1992.

Pieratt co-authored, with Jerome Klinkowitz, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.: a descriptive bibliography and annotated secondary checklist (1974); Donald Barthelme: a descriptive bibliography (1978); and Kurt Vonnegut: a comprehensive bibliography . He also contributed to The Vonnegut Statement (1973).

In addition to Mr. Pieratt’s interest in and collection of material related to Kurt Vonnegut, he also collects postcards and has written Postcard Pageantry: celebrations of major and minor expositions, fairs, and events in early twentieth-century America (1978).

Mr. Pieratt resides in Newark, Delaware.

American novelist Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was born on November 11, 1922, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Between 1940 and 1947, Vonnegut attended classes at several universities, including Cornell University (1940–1942), Carnegie Institute of Technology (1943), and the University of Chicago (1945–1947). He received a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago in 1971.

During World War II, Vonnegut was an infantryman in the U.S. Army, who was subsequently captured and held as a prisoner of war in Dresden. He survived the February 13, 1945, firebombing of Dresden by the Allied forces, which took the lives of 135,000 German civilians. The story of Billy Pilgrim in Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, is based on Vonnegut’s Dresden experience.

Since his first novel, Player Piano, published by Scribner in 1952, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. has written twelve novels, including The Sirens of Titan (1959), Mother Night (1962), Cat’s Cradle (1963), God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1965), Slaughterhouse Five (1969), Breakfast of Champions (1973), Slapstick (1976), Jailbird (1979), Dead-Eye Dick (1982), Galapagos (1985), Bluebeard (1987), and Hocus Pocus (1990).

In addition to his novels, Vonnegut has written plays, including Happy Birthday, Wanda June (1960) and Between Time and Timbutktu (1972); short fiction, collected in Canary in a Cathouse (1961) and Welcome to the Monkey House (1968); as well as essays, juvenile literature, and autobiographies. His two autobiographical “collages” (his subtitle for each) are titled Palm Sunday (1981) and Fates Worse than Death (1991).

A number of Vonnegut’s novels have been produced as plays or films; of these, the most widely known is Universal’s 1972 film version of Slaughterhouse Five .

In the 1990s Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. continues to write and to lecture at universities, churches, and national conferences. He is an outspoken opponent of censorship and war.

From the guide to the Asa Pieratt collection of Vonnegut ephemera, 1972–1996, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

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