Kurt Vonnegut, Jr

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr

Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Death 11 Apr 2007 (aged 84)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 18882600 · View Source
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Author. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Edith Lieber and Kurt Vonnegut, Senior, an architect. He attended Shortridge High School, where he wrote and and edited the school paper. He then attended Cornell University studying biochemistry, until dropping out to enlist in 1943. The Army sent him to the Carnegie Institute of Technology and the University of Tennessee to study mechanical engineering. In 1944, he and the 106th Infantry Division were sent to Europe where they saw combat during the Battle of the Bulge. He was captured and sent to a prisoner of war camp near Dresden, Germany. The POWs were among the survivors of the February 1945 fire-bombing of that city. They were liberated after the Soviets entered the city that spring, and he was repatriated in May 1945. He settled in Chicago where he worked for the Chicago News Bureau as a police reporter while he took classes at the University of Chicago. In 1947, he moved to Schenectady where he became a publicist for General Electric. In early 1950 his short story, 'Report on the Barnhouse Effect,' appeared in Colliers magazine. More fiction appeared in magazines like Argosy and The Saturday Evening Post. Within a year he left General Electric, and moved to Cape Cod. In 1951, his first novel, 'Player Piano,' was published. 'The Sirens of Titan,' a science-fiction novel, appeared in 1959, and in 1961 he published 'Mother Night' followed by 'Cat's Cradle' (1963). 'Slaughterhouse-Five' appeared in 1969 which used as it's base, his experiences during the Second World War, and followed a satiric nonlinear narrative. It was undoubtedly the novel that made his reputation. It was made into a feature film in 1972. 'Breakfast of Champions' (1973) followed, and also achieved best seller status despite being widely panned by critics. He spoke of retiring, and struggled with depression, attempted suicide in 1984. Eventually, he wrote several more novels; 'Galápagos' (1985), 'Bluebeard '(1987), 'Hocus Pocus' (1990) and 'Timequake' (1997) which would be his last work of fiction. His final work, however, was a collection of biographical essays, 'A Man Without a Country,' published in 2005. At age 84, he fell at home, sustaining severe head injuries. Hospitalized, he died several weeks later, leaving a legacy of fourteen novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five non-fiction works. A compilation of his previously unpublished pieces, 'Armageddon in Retrospect,' was published by his son, Mark Vonnegut in 2008.

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