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Kurt Vonnegut

Vonnegut in 1972
Vonnegut in 1972

Born

November 11, 1922 Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.

Died

April 11, 2007 Manhattan, New York, U.S.

Occupation

Writer

Nationality

American

Alma mater

  • Cornell University
  • University of Tennessee
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • University of Chicago

Genre

  • Satire
  • Gallows humor
  • Science fiction

Literary movement

Postmodernism

Spouse

  • Jane Marie Cox ( m.  1945; div.  1971)
  • Jill Krementz ( m.  1979)

Children

3 biological, including Mark and Edith ; 4 adopted

Signature

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published 14 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 .

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 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.

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