Kurt Vonnegut (11 November, 1922 – 11 April, 2007) was a prolific American author, best known for his 1969 novel Slaughterhouse-Five.
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- Kurt Vonnegut is actually a “junior”, his father, Kurt Vonnegut Sr. was an architect.
- Vonnegut hated the semi-colon and said that they are”“transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.“
- The author had to leave Butler University in Indiana after barely getting a C in his English courses.
- Slaughterhouse-Five is one of the most banned books in US schools. Appropriately, Mr. Vonnegut was very much against censorship.
- Mr. Vonnegut was a fan of science fiction and there even an asteroid named after him (25399 Vonnegut).
- He opened one of the first Saab dealerships in the US.
- He joined the Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
- Vonnegut was captured by the Germans and sent to Dresden to work in a slaughterhouse which then produced malt syrup for pregnant women.
- He survived the firebombing of Dresden, when over 90% of the city’s center was destroyed, as a POW and received a Purple Heart (in his words “I myself was awarded my country’s second-lowest decoration, a Purple Heart for frost-bite“).
- He made a cameo appearance in one my favorite movies Back to School.
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