Unpublished Vonnegut Novella Goes to Kindle 'Basic Training' is a long-forgotten work by late author By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Mar 27, 2012 6:01 PM CDT 2 comments Comments In this 1979 file photo, author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is shown in New York City. (AP Photo/Marty Reichenthal, file) (Newser) – A treat for fans of the late Kurt Vonnegut: When he was working in the PR department of GE in the 1940s, Vonnegut tried to pitch a novella called Basic Training to two of the big magazines of the day. The Saturday Evening Post and McCalls passed on it. The story sat unread for decades, but it's now available in the Amazon Kindle store for $1.99, reports the Christian Science Monitor. It's loosely based on Vonnegut's life, involving a young man who visits a relative nicknamed "the General" and gets an earful about American values.