Kurt Vonnegut’s Volunteer Letter To JFK

“On occasion, I write pretty well.”

In this 1960 letter to John F. Kennedy, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. volunteers to work for the then-senator’s presidential campaign.

Vonnegut, a then up-and-coming science fiction writer, seems to be rather modest in summing up his resume, describing himself as freelance writer and highlighting his PR work for at General Electric.

While Vonnegut does mention he had published two novels, he doesn’t mention either of them by name. Both the Player Piano (1952) and The Sirens of Titan (1959) had been well received (the latter of which was nominated for a Hugo Award). Instead he modestly states that, “On occasion, I write pretty well.”

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