While Mortals Sleep (short story collection)

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While Mortals Sleep
First edition
Author Kurt Vonnegut
Cover artist Kurt Vonnegut
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fiction, Anthology
Publisher Delacorte Press
Publication date
Pages 272
ISBN 978-0-385-34373-2
Preceded by Look at the Birdie

While Mortals Sleep is a collection of sixteen previously unpublished short stories by Kurt Vonnegut, released on January 25, 2011.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]


  • "Jenny"
  • "The Epizootic"
  • "Hundred-Dollar Kisses"
  • "Guardian of the Person"
  • “With His Hand on the Throttle"
  • "Girl Pool”
  • “Ruth”
  • “While Mortals Sleep”
  • “Out, Brief Candle”
  • “Tango”
  • “Bomar”
  • “The Man Without No Kiddleys”
  • “Mr. Z”
  • “$10,000 a Year, Easy”
  • "Money Talks”
  • "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.