Facts on File Press, As a result, Vonnegut attended public schools even though his older siblings had received private school educations.
Biography[ edit ] Family and early life[ edit ] Kurt Vonnegut Jr. He was the youngest of three children of Kurt Vonnegut Sr. His older siblings were Bernard born and Alice born Vonnegut was descended from German immigrants who settled in the United States in the midth century; his patrilineal great-grandfather, Clemens Vonnegut of WestphaliaGermany, settled in Indianapolis and founded Kurt vonneguts life Vonnegut Hardware Company.
Kurt's father, and his father before him, Bernardwere architects; the architecture firm under Kurt Sr. Thus, they did not teach their youngest son German or introduce him to German literature and tradition, leaving him feeling "ignorant and rootless.
So she was as great an influence on me as anybody. The Liebers's brewery was closed in after the advent of Prohibition in the United States. When the Great Depression hit, few people could afford to build, causing clients at Kurt Sr.
His father withdrew from normal life and became what Vonnegut called a "dreamy artist". She labored to regain the family's wealth and status, and Vonnegut said she expressed hatred "as corrosive as hydrochloric acid" for her husband.
While there, he played clarinet in the school band and became a co-editor along with Madelyn Pugh for the Tuesday edition of the school newspaper, The Shortridge Echo.
Vonnegut said his tenure with the Echo allowed him to write for a large audience—his fellow students—rather than for a teacher, an experience he said was "fun and easy".
He wanted to study the humanities or become an architect like his father, but his father [b] and brother, a scientist, urged him to study a "useful" discipline.
He later penned a piece, "Well All Right", focusing on pacifisma cause he strongly supported,  arguing against U. Army uniform between and The attack on Pearl Harbor brought the U. Vonnegut was a member of Reserve Officers' Training Corpsbut poor grades and a satirical article in Cornell's newspaper cost him his place there.
He was placed on academic probation in May and dropped out the following January. No longer eligible for a student defermenthe faced likely conscription into the United States Army. Instead of waiting to be drafted, he enlisted in the army and in March reported to Fort BraggNorth Carolina, for basic training.
She was inebriated at the time and under the influence of prescription drugs. In Decemberhe fought in the Battle of the Bulgethe final German offensive of the war. Over members of the division were killed and over 6, were captured.
On December 22, Vonnegut was captured with about 50 other American soldiers. During the journey, the Royal Air Force bombed the prisoner trains and killed about men.
He lived in a slaughterhouse when he got to the city, and worked in a factory that made malt syrup for pregnant women. Vonnegut recalled the sirens going off whenever another city was bombed.
The Germans did not expect Dresden to get bombed, Vonnegut said. On February 13,Dresden became the target of Allied forces. In the hours and days that followed, the Allies engaged in a fierce firebombing of the city. Vonnegut marveled at the level of both the destruction in Dresden and the secrecy that attended it.
He had survived by taking refuge in a meat locker three stories underground.Kurt Vonnegut, in full Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., (born November 11, , Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.—died April 11, , New York, New York), American writer noted for his wryly satirical novels who frequently used postmodern techniques as well as elements of fantasy and science fiction to highlight the horrors and ironies of 20th-century civilization.
CHARLES J. SHIELDS is the author of And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life, Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, and I Am Scout: The Biography of Harper Lee (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers).
He grew up in the Midwest and taught in a rural school in central Illinois for several barnweddingvt.coms: Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 11, , the third child of Kurt Vonnegut, Sr.
and Edith Lieber Vonnegut. Both Vonnegut’s father, Kurt Sr., and his grandfather, Bernard Vonnegut, were local architects in Indianapolis. Kurt Vonnegut is acknowledged as a major voice in American literature and applauded for his subtle criticisms and sharp portrayal of modern society.
Early life Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born on November 11, , in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of a successful architect, Kurt Sr., and his wife, Edith Sophia.
Nov 27, · Kurt Vonnegut: A Life,” by Charles J.
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Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 11, , the third child of Kurt Vonnegut, Sr. and Edith Lieber Vonnegut. Both Vonnegut’s father, Kurt Sr., and his grandfather, Bernard Vonnegut, were local architects in Indianapolis.