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Kurt Vonnegut

Writer Kurt Vonnegut

Profession: Writer

United States of America

Biography: Kurt Vonnegut's break-through work and the one he is most famous for is the anti-war science fiction novel "Slaughterhouse-Five" (1969). It is partly autobiographical and includes experiences from Vonnegut's own life including surviving the firebombing of Dresden during WWII.

His other works include "Cat's Cradle" (1963) and "Breakfast of Champions" (1973).

Born: November 11, 1922
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: April 11, 2007 (aged 84)
Cause of Death: Head trauma

Married Life

  • 1945-09-01 Author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (23) weds childhood sweetheart Jane Marie Cox
  • 1979-11-24 Author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (57) weds photographer Jill Krementz (39)

Historical Events

  • 1969-03-31 "The New York Times" reviews "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut on its publication saying ""you'll either love it, or push it back in the science-fiction corner"

Quotes by Kurt Vonnegut

  • "We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be."

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