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The Obscure Life and Hard Times of Kilgore Trout
Genre Fictional biography
Type Short story
Series Fictional biographies
Subtitled: "A Skirmish in Biography".
There are two versions of this piece.
A fictional biography of a fictional author, Kilgore Trout, who plays a role in several novels by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Later on, with Vonnegut's permission, Philip José Farmer used Trout's name as a pseudonym for his novel Venus on the Half-Shell (1975).
DESCRIPTION:
This is the first of Farmer's four fictional biographies. Farmer identified strongly with Trout, a character in the books by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. 1965, and Slaughterhouse Five, 1969). Farmer used these books as the source for his fictional biography, and made up the rest. For the second version of the biography he also read and used the just published novel Breakfast of Champions, 1973.
In the Author's Note with some of the publications, see under, Farmer mentions the then published Jailbird, 1979, with new information about Trout.
 
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11 Publications
 
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FIRST PUBLICATION
in Moebius Trip
Ed Connor
Peoria, IL: Ed Conner
Issue # 11
fanzine (28×21,5cm)
December 1971
52
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William Rotsler
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in The Book of Philip José Farmer
New York, NY: DAW Books
UQ1063 / No. 63
SBN 451-UQ1063-095
paperback (18×10,5cm)
07/1973 (1st)
07/1973 (1st) [Canadian printing]
239
$ 0.95
Jack Gaughan
Version 2, somewhat expanded (with about 1800 words) and corrected from the first publication. With an introduction by Farmer.

Jack Gaughan
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in The Book of Philip José Farmer
New York, NY: Berkley Books
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-425-05298-2
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
02/1982 (1st)
04/1982 (2nd)
248
$ 2.50
James Warhola
Version 2, somewhat expanded (with about 1800 words) and corrected from the first publication. With an introduction and an Author's Note by Farmer.

James Warhola
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"The Obscure Life and Hard Times of Kilgore Trout: A Skirmish in Biography"
in Up from the Bottomless Pit and Other Stories
Christopher Paul Carey
Burton, MI: Subterranean Press
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ISBN 978-1-59606-128-6
hardcover (23,5×16cm)
10/2007
385
$ 300.00 [Lettered, signed, traycased edition]
Keith Howell and Charles Berlin
Version 1. With a short introduction by the editor. Illustrated by Karl Kauffman. Only in the lettered edition of this collection.

Keith Howell &
Charles Berlin
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in Venus on the Half-Shell and Others
Christopher Paul Carey
Burton, MI: Subterranean Press
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ISBN 978-1-59606-142-2
hardcover (23,5×16cm)
01/2008 [Trade edition.]
03/2008 [Numbered, signed, slipcased edition]
325
$ 38.00 | $ 125.00
Bob Eggleton
Version 2, somewhat expanded (with about 1800 words) and corrected from the first publication. With a short introduction by the editor, and an Author's Note.

Bob Eggleton
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in Venus on the Half-Shell and Others
Christopher Paul Carey
Burton, MI: Subterranean Press
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ISBN 978-1-59606-142-2
hardcover (23,5×16cm)
10/2008 [Lettered, signed, traycased edition]
340
$ 300.00
Bob Eggleton
Version 2, somewhat expanded (with about 1800 words) and corrected from the first publication. With a short introduction by the editor, and an Author's Note.

Bob Eggleton
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in The Book of Philip José Farmer
West Yorkshire: The Elmfield Press
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ISBN 0-7057-0067-4
hardcover (21,5×13,5cm)
07/1976
239
£ 4.95
Josh Kirby
Version 2, somewhat expanded (with about 1800 words) and corrected from the first publication. With an introduction by PJF.

Josh Kirby
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in The Book of Philip José Farmer
London: Granada
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-586-05656-4
paperback (18×11cm)
07/1983
318
£ 1.95
Richard Clifton-Dey
Version 2, somewhat expanded (with about 1800 words) and corrected from the first publication. With an introduction and an Author's Note by PJF.

Richard Clifton-Dey
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in Venus on the Half-Shell
London: Titan Books
A Grand Master Novel
ISBN 978-1-78116-306-1
trade paperback (20,5×13cm)
12/2013
314
£ 7.99 ($ 12.95)
not credited
Version 2. Published as a preface in this book.

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