While Mortals Sleep (short story collection)

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While Mortals Sleep
First edition
AuthorKurt Vonnegut
Cover artistKurt Vonnegut
CountryUnited States
PublisherDelacorte Press
Publication date
Preceded byLook at the Birdie 

While Mortals Sleep is a collection of fifteen previously unpublished short stories by Kurt Vonnegut, and one that was previously published, released on January 25, 2011. It is the third posthumously published Kurt Vonnegut book, the first being Armageddon in Retrospect, the second being Look at the Birdie.[1] The book begins with a foreword by Dave Eggers. Illustrations by Vonnegut himself appear throughout.[2]


  1. "Jenny"
  2. "The Epizootic"
  3. "Hundred-Dollar Kisses"
  4. "Guardian of the Person"
  5. "With His Hand on the Throttle"
  6. "Girl Pool"
  7. "Ruth"
  8. "While Mortals Sleep" (previously published in 1952 as "Christmas Contest")[3]
  9. "Out, Brief Candle"
  10. "Tango"
  11. "Bomar"
  12. "The Man Without No Kiddleys"
  13. "Mr. Z"
  14. "$10,000 a Year, Easy"
  15. "Money Talks"
  16. "The Humbugs"


  1. ^ Sheehan, William (February 15, 2011). "Book review: 'While Mortals Sleep' by Kurt Vonnegut". Washington Post. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  2. ^ Hopley, Claire (April 1, 2011). "BOOK REVIEW: 'While Mortals Sleep'". The Washington Times. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  3. ^ Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr. (December 1952). "Christmas Contest". Farm Journal. 76 (12): 34–35, 101–107.