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Kurt Vonnegut

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Kurt Vonnegut

20th-century American writer add

Category: Literature

Born in 1922.

Countries: United States (72%), Indiana (5%), Massachusetts (5%)

Main connections: Vietnam War, Nelson Algren, Jorge Luis Borges

Linked to: American Civil Liberties Union, Case Western Reserve University, City College of New York, Cornell University




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Kurt Vonnegut was born in 1922 add something


Vonnegut graduated from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis in May 1940 and matriculated into Cornell University that fall add something


On Mother's Day in 1944, when Vonnegut was 21, his mother committed suicide with sleeping pills add something


As a private with the 423rd Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division, Vonnegut was captured during the Battle of the Bulge on December 19, 1944, after the 106th was cut off from the rest of Courtney Hodges's First Army add something


While a prisoner, he witnessed the fire bombing of Dresden in February 1945 which destroyed most of the city add something


Vonnegut was liberated by Red Army troops in May 1945 at the Saxony-Czechoslovakian border add something


General Electric - In the early 1950s Kurt Vonnegut was a writer for General Electric


Early in his adult life he moved to Barnstable, Massachusetts, a town on Cape Cod, where, in 1957, he established one of the first Saab dealerships in the U.S. The business failed within a year add something


Kirkpatrick Sale - Upon graduating in 1958, Sale married Faith Apfelbaum, who later worked as an editor with Thomas Pynchon, Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph_Heller and Amy Tan


He continued to write short stories before his second novel, "The Sirens of Titan", was published in 1959 add something


His son, Mark Vonnegut, a pediatrician, wrote two books, one about his experiences in the late 1960s and his major psychotic breakdown and recovery, and one which includes anecdotes of growing up as his father was a struggling writer, his subsequent illness and a more recent breakdown in 1985, and what life has been like since add something


Through the 1960s, the form of his work changed, from the relatively orthodox structure of "Cat's Cradle" to the acclaimed, semi-autobiographical "Slaughterhouse-Five", given a more experimental structure by using time travel as a plot device add something


John Irving - In the late 1960s, he studied with Kurt Vonnegut at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop


It was formed in 1961 from a denominational merger of Unitarians and Universalists in the United States add something


In 1968, he signed the Writers and Editors War Tax Protest pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War. add something


Leonard Schrader - In 1968, he finished his MFA at the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop where he studied with Nelson Algren, Kurt Vonnegut, Richard Yates, Robert Coover, José Donoso and Jorge Luis Borges


Michael Crichton - In 1969, Crichton wrote a review for "The New Republic" , critiquing "Slaughterhouse Five" by Kurt Vonnegut


Dianne Wiest - She was an understudy both off-Broadway and on Broadway, in Kurt Vonnegut's Happy Birthday, Wanda June in 1970.


The University of Chicago later accepted his novel "Cat's Cradle" as his thesis, citing its anthropological content, and awarded him the M.A. degree in 1971 add something


Art Garfunkel - He reportedly turned down the role of Billy Pilgrim in the adaption of Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five" in 1972


In 1974, "Venus on the Half-Shell", a book by Philip José Farmer in a style similar to that of Vonnegut and attributed to Kilgore Trout, was published add something


The author's name appears in print as " Kurt Vonnegut, Jr." throughout the first half of his published writing career; beginning with the 1976 publication of "Slapstick", he dropped the "Jr." and was simply billed as Kurt Vonnegut add something


He did not divorce Cox until 1979, but from 1970 Vonnegut lived with the woman who would later become his second wife, photographer Jill Krementz add something


Roy Cohn - Kurt Vonnegut included a fictionalized character named Roy M. Cohn in his 1979 novel "Jailbird"


Alan Menken - Menken's first major professional work was with Ashman for the Off-Broadway 1979 WPA Theatre production of the play "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater", an adaptation of a Kurt Vonnegut novel


Petr Lebl - In 1982, as a high-school student, Lébl attempted to create scenic variations on the theme of the novel Slapstick by Kurt Vonnegut


Vonnegut attempted suicide in 1984 and later wrote about this in several essays add something


Isaac Asimov - From 1985 until his death in 1992, he served as president of the AHA, an honorary appointment; his successor was his friend and fellow writer Kurt Vonnegut


In 1986, Vonnegut spoke to a gathering of Unitarian Universalists in Rochester, New York, and the text of his speech is reprinted in his book "Fates Worse Than Death" add something


Kurt's Mile High Malt was first brewed in 1996 thanks to Wynkoop Founder and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, a friend of Vonnegut's add something


Robert B. Weide - Weide wrote and produced the 1996 film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's "Mother Night"


With the publication of his novel "Timequake" in 1997, Vonnegut announced his retirement from writing fiction add something


In a 2003 interview Vonnegut said, "I myself feel that our country, for whose Constitution I fought in a just war, might as well have been invaded by Martians and body snatchers add something


Vonnegut, "Palm Sunday", p 196 In 2003 he was one of the signers of the Humanist Manifesto add something


"During the Vietnam War," he told an interviewer in 2003, "every respectable artist in this country was against the war add something


He did not regard the 2004 election with much optimism; speaking of Bush and John Kerry, he said that "no matter which one wins, we will have a Skull and Bones President at a time when entire vertebrate species, because of how we have poisoned the topsoil, the waters and the atmosphere, are becoming, hey presto, nothing but skulls and bones add something


In 2004, Vonnegut participated in the project "The Greatest Album Covers That Never Were", for which he created an album cover for Phish called "Hook, Line and Sinker", which has been included in a traveling exhibition for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame add something


Stanley Tucci - In 2004, Caedmon Audio released an audiobook of Tucci reading Kurt Vonnegut's 1973 novel "Breakfast of Champions"


In 2005, Vonnegut was interviewed by David Nason for "The Australian" add something


In 2005, many of his essays were collected in a new bestselling book titled "A Man Without a Country", which he insisted would be his last contribution to letters add something


Jerry Orbach - Author Kurt Vonnegut was a fan of Orbach, and during an Australian radio interview in 2005 he said, "People have asked me, you know, 'Who would you rather be, than yourself-'," and he replied "Jerry Orbach, without a question


A 2006 interview with "Rolling Stone" stated, " add something


He continued to write for the magazine "In These Times", where he was a senior editor, until his death in 2007, focusing on subjects ranging from contemporary U. S. politics to simple observational pieces on topics such as a trip to the post office add something


Vonnegut went on to serve as honorary president of the American Humanist Association , having taken over the position from his late colleague Isaac Asimov, and serving until his own death in 2007 add something

Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007 add something


Vonnegut died on April 11, 2007 after falling down a flight of stairs in his home and suffering massive head trauma add something


Ron Currie Jr. - His first book, "God is Dead", was published to critical acclaim in 2007, earning Currie comparisons to Kurt Vonnegut and Raymond Carver


James Burr - His first collection of short stories, "Ugly Stories For Beautiful People" was published in 2007 and was favourably compared to the work of Russell Hoban, early Kurt Vonnegut. and Philip K. Dick


The April 2008 issue of "Playboy" featured the first published excerpt from "Armageddon in Retrospect", the first posthumous collection of Vonnegut's work add something


Gore Vidal - In April 2009, Vidal accepted appointment to the position of honorary president of the American Humanist Association, succeeding Kurt Vonnegut


In May 2014, Vonnegut's daughter Nanette Vonnegut published a book of her father's drawings entitled "Kurt Vonnegut Drawings" through Monacelli Press, a division of Random House add something


The Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame inducted Vonnegut posthumously in 2015 add something


In 2017, Seven Stories Press published Complete Stories, a collection of Vonnegut's short fiction including 5 previously unpublished stories add something