Kurt Vonnegut

Author of Breakfast of Champions and 20+ Books

Kurt Vonnegut

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Junior, Kurt Vonnegut, was an American novelist, satirist, and graphic artist, most recently. For 2001-2003, he was recognized as a New York State Author. Born in Indianapolis, he later set many of his novels. From 1941 to 1943, he attended Cornell University where he wrote a column for the Cornell Daily Sun, a student newspaper. Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journalist before joining the U.S. Army and serving in World War II. Aft... er the war, he attended the University of Chicago as a graduate student in anthropology and also worked as a police reporter at the Chicago City News Bureau. He left Chicago for General Electric to work in public relations in Schenectady, New York. His reporting work was attributed to his unadorned writing style. His experiences as a forward scout in the Battle of the Bulge, and in particular his testimony to the bombing of Dresden, Germany as a prisoner of war, would give much information about his work. This event would also form the core of Slaughterhouse-Five, his most famous work, the book that would make him a millionaire. This 200-page acerbian book is what most people mean when they describe the scope of a work as "Vonnegutian." Vonnegut was a self-proclaimed humanist and socialist (influenced by the Indian style of Eugene V. Debs) and a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union. The novelist is known for his works that combine satire, black comedy and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Cats Cradle (1963) and Breakfast of Champions (1973).READ MORE

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I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all.

The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.

Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything.

A saint is a person who behaves decently in a shockingly indecent society.

I was taught that the human brain was the crowning glory of evolution so far, but I think it's a very poor scheme for survival.

All persons, living and dead, are purely coincidental.

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