Kurt Vonnegut

Vonnegut in February 1972 Kurt Vonnegut (; November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer known for his satirical and darkly humorous novels. In a career spanning over 50 years, he published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five nonfiction works, and further collections have been published after his death.

Born and raised in Indianapolis, Vonnegut attended Cornell University but withdrew in January 1943 and enlisted in the US Army. As part of his training, he studied mechanical engineering at the 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, where he survived the Allied bombing of the city in a meat locker of the slaughterhouse where he was imprisoned. After the war, he married Jane Marie Cox, with whom he had three children. He adopted his nephews after his sister died of cancer and her husband was killed in a train accident. He and his wife both attended the University of Chicago, while he worked as a night reporter for the City News Bureau.

Vonnegut published his first novel, ''Player Piano'', in 1952. The novel was reviewed positively but was not commercially successful at the time. In the nearly 20 years that followed, he published several novels that were well regarded, two of which (''The Sirens of Titan'' [1959] and ''Cat's Cradle'' [1963]) were nominated for the Hugo Award for best SF or Fantasy novel of the year. He published a short story collection titled ''Welcome to the Monkey House'' in 1968. His breakthrough was his commercially and critically successful sixth novel, ''Slaughterhouse-Five'' (1969). 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, such as ''Fates Worse Than Death'' (1991) and ''A Man Without a Country'' (2005). After his death, he was hailed as one of the most important contemporary writers and a dark humor commentator on American society. His son Mark published a compilation of his unpublished works, titled ''Armageddon in Retrospect'', in 2008. 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. Provided by Wikipedia
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    by Vonnegut, Kurt
    Published 2009
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    by Vonnegut, Kurt
    Published 1979
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    by Vonnegut, Kurt
    Published 1972
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    by Vonnegut, Kurt
    Published 2012
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    by Vonnegut, Kurt
    Published 1954
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    by Vonnegut, Kurt
    Published 1952
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    by Vonnegut, Kurt
    Published 1998
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    by Vonnegut, Kurt
    Published 2014
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    by Vonnegut, Kurt
    Published 1970
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    by Vonnegut, Kurt
    Published 1965
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    by Vonnegut, Kurt
    Published 2008
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    by Vonnegut, Kurt
    Published 2005
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    by Vonnegut, Kurt
    Published 2011
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    by Vonnegut, Kurt
    Published 1985
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    by Vonnegut, Kurt
    Published 1988
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    by Vonnegut, Kurt
    Published 1970
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    by Vonnegut, Kurt
    Published 1963
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    by Vonnegut, Kurt
    Published 1988
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    by Vonnegut, Kurt
    Published 1990
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    by Vonnegut, Kurt
    Published 1972
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