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Kurt Vonnegut

Vonnegut in 1972
Vonnegut in 1972


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


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





Alma mater

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


  • Satire
  • Gallows humor
  • Science fiction

Literary movement



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


3 biological, including Mark and Edith ; 4 adopted


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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