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Welcome to the Monkey House


Welcome to the Monkey House

Welcome to the Monkey House
First edition cover
Author Kurt Vonnegut
Country United States
Language English
Genre Speculative fiction
Publisher Delacorte Press
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 352 pp

Welcome to the Monkey House is an assortment of short stories written by Kurt Vonnegut, first published in August 1968. The stories range from war-time epics to futuristic thrillers, given with satire and Vonnegut's unique edge. The stories are often inter-twined and convey the same underlying messages on human nature and present society.


  • Contents 1
  • Adaptations in other media 2
  • References in popular culture 3
  • Other short story collections 4
  • Notes 5


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

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 entitled Monkey House aired on the United States Showtime channel. It was based on Vonnegut's stories and hosted by Vonnegut himself.[4]

References in popular culture

  • "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.

Other short story collections

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


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r
  2. ^ a b c Jerome Klinkowitz The Vonnegut effect pp.19-22
  3. ^ Comedy by Christopher Sergel, based on short stories by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  4. ^ Monkey House at the Internet Movie Database
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