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Kurt Vonnegut

Born: Nov 11, 1922

Death: Apr 11, 2007

Birthplace: Indianapolis

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Kurt Vonnegut

Date of Birth : Nov 11, 1922
Date of Death : Apr 11, 2007
Birth Place : Indianapolis

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was an American writer and humorist. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published fourteen novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction. He is most famous for his darkly satirical, best-selling novel Slaughterhouse-Five. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Vonnegut attended Cornell University, but dropped out in January 1943 and enlisted in the United States Army. He was 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 and survived the Allied bombing of city by taking refuge in a meat locker. After the war, Vonnegut married Jane Marie Cox, with whom he had three children. He later adopted his sister's three sons, after she died of cancer and her husband died in a train accident. Vonnegut published his first novel, Player Piano, in 1952. The novel was reviewed positively, but was not commercially successful. In the nearly twenty years that followed, Vonnegut published several novels that were only marginally successful, such as Cat's Cradle and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater.


  • Writer
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
  • Author
  • Novelist

Also known as

  • Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  • K Vonnegut
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • Kilgore Trout


  • Edith Lieber
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Sr.


  • Jill Krementz
  • Jane Marie Cox


  • Nanette Vonnegut
  • Edith Vonnegut
  • Mark Vonnegut
  • Lily Vonnegut
  • Kurt Adams Vonnegut
  • James Vonnegut
  • Steven Vonnegut

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
  • Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Playwright
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Television Best Script, 30 Minutes or Less in Program Length
  • Audie Award for Short Stories/Collections
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