Welcome to the Monkey House

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Welcome to the Monkey House
First edition cover
AuthorKurt Vonnegut
CountryUnited States
GenreSpeculative fictionliterary fiction
PublisherDelacorte Press
Publication date
Media typePrint
Pages352 pp

Welcome to the Monkey House is a collection of 25 short stories written by Kurt Vonnegut, published by Delacorte in August 1968. The stories range from wartime epics to futuristic thrillers, with plenty of satire and Vonnegut's unique edge. The stories are often intertwined and convey the same underlying messages on human nature and mid-twentieth century society.


The story "Der Arme Dolmetscher" is listed in the book's copyright notice as being included in this collection, but it was ultimately omitted, and does not appear in any edition of Welcome To The Monkey House. It does appear in Vonnegut's later collection Bagombo Snuff Box.

Adaptations in other media[edit]

In 1970 Christopher Sergel adapted the collection of stories into a play, also called Welcome to the Monkey House.[3] The play was staged at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre in 2010. In 1991, a short-lived television series titled Kurt Vonnegut's Monkey House aired on the United States Showtime channel. It was based on Vonnegut's stories and hosted by Vonnegut himself.[4]

The story "D.P." was adapted for television under the title "Displaced Person" in 1985,[5] meeting with critical success.[6]

References in popular culture[edit]

  • "Happiness By The Kilowatt", a song by Canadian Post-Hardcore band Alexisonfire, makes several references to "The Euphio Question."
  • The Philadelphia-area based hardcore/post-hardcore band This Day Forward included a mostly-instrumental song "Euphio Question" on their 2003 release In Response.
  • The liner notes of the 1997 "Harrison Bergeron Bound" 7" EP by The Judas Iscariot (from Long Island, NY, USA) contains a very thorough analysis of the eponymous story and its relevance to modern times.
  • American hardcore band Snapcase has a song titled "Harrison Bergeron" on their 1997 album Progression Through Unlearning.
  • American rock band The Dandy Warhol's 4th studio album is titled "Welcome to the Monkey House."

Other short story collections[edit]

  • This collection includes all but one of the twelve stories in Vonnegut's previous short story collection Canary in a Cat House, released 1961.
  • Other short stories Vonnegut wrote during the same time period are collected in a second anthology, Bagombo Snuff Box, released 1999.