Kurt Vonnegut, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Kurt Vonnegut

American writer

Date of Birth: 11-Nov-1922

Place of Birth: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Date of Death: 11-Apr-2007

Profession: screenwriter, writer, playwright, author, journalist, philosopher, novelist, essayist, peace activist, science fiction writer

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

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About Kurt Vonnegut

  • Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  • (; November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer.
  • In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published fourteen novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction, with further collections being published after his death.
  • He is most famous for his darkly satirical, best-selling novel Slaughterhouse-Five (1969). Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Vonnegut attended Cornell University but dropped out in January 1943 and enlisted in the United States Army.
  • As part of his training, he studied mechanical engineering at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) and the University of Tennessee.
  • He was then deployed to Europe to fight in World War II and was captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge.
  • He was interned in Dresden and survived the Allied bombing of the city by taking refuge in a meat locker of the slaughterhouse where he was imprisoned.
  • After the war, Vonnegut married Jane Marie Cox, with whom he had three children.
  • He later adopted his sister's three sons, after she died of cancer and her husband was killed in a train accident. Vonnegut published his first novel, Player Piano, in 1952.
  • The novel was reviewed positively but was not commercially successful.
  • In the nearly 20 years that followed, Vonnegut published several novels that were only marginally successful, such as Cat's Cradle (1963) and God Bless You, Mr.
  • Rosewater (1964).
  • Vonnegut's breakthrough was his commercially and critically successful sixth novel, Slaughterhouse-Five.
  • The book's anti-war sentiment resonated with its readers amidst the ongoing Vietnam War and its reviews were generally positive.
  • After its release, Slaughterhouse-Five went to the top of The New York Times Best Seller list, thrusting Vonnegut into fame.
  • He was invited to give speeches, lectures and commencement addresses around the country and received many awards and honors. Later in his career, Vonnegut published several autobiographical essays and short-story collections, including Fates Worse Than Death (1991), and A Man Without a Country (2005).
  • After his death, he was hailed as a morbidly comical commentator on the society in which he lived and as one of the most important contemporary writers.
  • Vonnegut's son Mark published a compilation of his father's unpublished compositions, titled Armageddon in Retrospect.
  • In 2017, Seven Stories Press published Complete Stories, a collection of Vonnegut's short fiction including five previously unpublished stories.
  • Complete Stories was collected and introduced by Vonnegut friends and scholars Jerome Klinkowitz and Dan Wakefield.
  • Numerous scholarly works have examined Vonnegut's writing and humor.

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