Kurt Vonnegut was born in 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He studied at Cornell from 1940 to 1942 before enlisting in the U.S. Army. After fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, Vonnegut was captured and became a POW, witnessing firsthand the firebombing of Dresden. This experience would inform one of his best-known works, the 1969 antiwar novel Slaughterhouse-Five.

After the war, Vonnegut worked as a reporter and teacher before publishing his first novel, the satirical Player Piano, in 1952. Subsequent novels also employed dark humor as well as elements of science fiction, like the alien race called Tralfamadorians who populated Slaughterhouse-Five, to underscore Vonnegut's moral vision. War also remained a recurring theme in Vonnegut's writing...Show More »

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