Kurt Vonnegut was an American writer who published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five nonfiction works. He published his first novel, Player Piano in 1952 which was not commercially successful. Other novels followed with The Sirens of Titan (1959) and Cat’s Cradle (1963) nominated for Hugo Awards and a short story collection titled Welcome to the Monkey House (1968). His sixth novel Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) was a major success and touched a nerve with readers during the Vietnam War. He is hailed as one of the most important contemporary writers and commentators on American society.
World War II
In 1943, Kurt Vonnegut enlisted in the U.S. Army and fought in World War II. He was captured by the Germans at the Battle of the Bulge and sent to Dresden as a POW. While in Dresden Kurt experienced the destructive Allied bombing of that city but survived because he was being housed in a meat locker of a slaughterhouse. He drew from that experience when writing his book Slaughterhouse-Five.
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