Kurt Vonnegut Image via writersmug. He was the youngest of three children.
See Article History Alternative Titles: Kurt Vonnegut, in full Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Vonnegut grew up in Indianapolis in a well-to-do family, although his father, an architect, was unemployed during much of the Great Depression. As a teenager, Vonnegut wrote for his high school newspaper, and he continued the activity at Cornell University in IthacaNew York, where he majored in biochemistry before leaving in to enlist in the U.
After the war Vonnegut took graduate courses in anthropology at the University of Chicago while working as a reporter. He was later employed as a public relations writer in upstate New York, but his reservations about what he considered the deceitfulness of the profession led him to pursue fiction writing full-time.
In the early s Vonnegut began publishing short stories.
Many of them were concerned with technology and the future, which led some critics to classify Vonnegut as a science fiction writer, though he resisted the label. His first novelPlayer Pianoelaborates on those themes, visualizing a completely mechanized and automated society whose dehumanizing effects are unsuccessfully resisted by the scientists and workers in a New York factory town.
Vonnegut abandoned science fiction tropes altogether in Mother Night ; filma novel about an American playwright who serves as a spy in Nazi Germany. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater centres on the title character, an eccentric philanthropist, but also introduces the writer Kilgore Trout, a fictional alter ego of Vonnegut who appears throughout his oeuvre.
Explicitly drawing on his Dresden experience, Vonnegut crafted an absurdist nonlinear narrative in which the bombing raid serves as a symbol of the cruelty and destructiveness of war through the centuries. Critics lauded Slaughterhouse-Five as a modern-day classic. Breakfast of Champions; or, Goodbye Blue Monday!
Though reviews were mixed, it quickly became a best seller. Slapstick; or, Lonesome No More! While Vonnegut remained prolific throughout the s, he struggled with depression and in attempted suicide.
In he published A Man Without a Country: A Memoir of Life in George W. We Are What We Pretend to Be comprised an early unpublished novella and a fragment of a novel unfinished at his death.
A selection of his correspondence was published as Letters Vonnegut, KurtKurt Vonnegut, In addition to promoting the work of Vonnegut, the nonprofit organization served as a cultural and educational resource centre, including a museum, an art gallery, and a reading room.
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Kurt Vonnegut was born on November 11, , in Indianapolis, Indiana. His writings have left a deep influence on the American literature of the 20th century.
Vonnegut created his own unusual world in the novels he wrote making them a blend of literature, science fiction and humor accompanied with absurd social commentary. "Harrison Bergeron" is a short story by Kurt Vonnegut that was first published in A Brief Biography of Kurt Vonnegut by William Rodney Allen.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born on November 11, , in Indianapolis, Indiana, a city he would later use in his novels as a symbol of American values. Kurt Sr. was one of the most prominent architects in the city, and his wife, Edith, was the daughter of a wealthy Indianapolis brewer.
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|Kurt Vonnegut Biography - urbanagricultureinitiative.com||Indianapolis, Indiana American writer, essayist, and dramatist Kurt Vonnegut is acknowledged as a major voice in American literature and applauded for his subtle criticisms and sharp portrayal of modern society. Early life Kurt Vonnegut Jr.|
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|Pat McNees - The Washington Biography Group and other life writing organizations||December 22,Vonnegut was captured during the Battle of the Bulge while a battalion scout with the Infantry Division. May 22,Vonnegut released to return to the U.|
April 27, Thanks to Carlos and Leo, who ripped my apartment to pieces to fix the gas leak while teasing me mercilessly about my books and discussing Eddie Izzard on the Riches, and Tony, the very nice gas man who okayed it all and allowed me to make a cup of tea for the first time in a week.
Kurt Vonnegut is acknowledged as a major voice in American literature and applauded for his subtle criticisms and sharp portrayal of modern society.
Early life Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born on November 11, , in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of a successful architect, Kurt Sr., and his wife, Edith Sophia.