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Kurt Vonnegut (1922–2007)

Author of Slaughterhouse-Five

300+ Works 181,967 Members 2,335 Reviews 1,391 Favorited

About the Author

The appeal of Kurt Vonnegut, especially to bright younger readers of the past few decades, may be attributed partly to the fact that he is one of the few writers who have successfully straddled the imaginary line between science-fiction/fantasy and "real literature." He was born in Indianapolis and show more attended Cornell University, but his college education was interrupted by World War II. Captured during the Battle of the Bulge and imprisoned in Dresden, he received a Purple Heart for what he calls a "ludicrously negligible wound." After the war he returned to Cornell and then earned his M.A. at the University of Chicago.He worked as a police reporter and in public relations before placing several short stories in the popular magazines and beginning his career as a novelist. His first novel, Player Piano (1952), is a highly credible account of a future mechanistic society in which people count for little and machines for much. The Sirens of Titan (1959), is the story of a playboy whisked off to Mars and outer space in order to learn some humbling lessons about Earth's modest function in the total scheme of things. Mother Night (1962) satirizes the Nazi mentality in its narrative about an American writer who broadcasts propaganda in Germany during the war as an Allied agent. Cat's Cradle (1963) makes use of some of Vonnegut's experiences in General Electric laboratories in its story about the discovery of a special kind of ice that destroys the world. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1965) satirizes a benevolent foundation set up to foster the salvation of the world through love, an endeavor with, of course, disastrous results. Slaughterhouse-Five; or The Children's Crusade (1969) is the book that marked a turning point in Vonnegut's career. Based on his experiences in Dresden, it is the story of another Vonnegut surrogate named Billy Pilgrim who travels back and forth in time and becomes a kind of modern-day Everyman. The novel was something of a cult book during the Vietnam era for its antiwar sentiments. Breakfast of Champions (1973), the story of a Pontiac dealer who goes crazy after reading a science fiction novel by "Kilgore Trout," received generally unfavorable reviews but was a commercial success. Slapstick (1976), dedicated to the memory of Laurel and Hardy, is the somewhat wacky memoir of a 100-year-old ex-president who thinks he can solve society's problems by giving everyone a new middle name. In addition to his fiction, Vonnegut has published nonfiction on social problems and other topics, some of which is collected in Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons (1974). He died from head injuries sustained in a fall on April 11, 2007. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Disambiguation Notice:

Kilgore Trout, the name of a character in several of Kurt Vonnegut's books, was later used as a pseudonym by Philip José Farmer. Vonnegut himself never wrote under or went by the name Kilgore Trout.

Works by Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) 44,245 copies
Cat's Cradle (1963) 22,434 copies
Breakfast of Champions (1974) 16,322 copies
The Sirens of Titan (1959) 10,457 copies
Galápagos (1985) 7,747 copies
Mother Night (1961) 7,319 copies
Welcome to the Monkey House (1968) 7,188 copies
Player Piano (1952) 6,860 copies
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1965) 6,313 copies
Timequake (1997) 5,431 copies
Hocus Pocus (1990) 5,370 copies
A Man Without a Country (2005) 4,891 copies
Bluebeard: a novel (1987) 4,565 copies
Jailbird (1979) 4,142 copies
Deadeye Dick (1982) 3,903 copies
Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons (1974) 2,136 copies
Armageddon in Retrospect (2008) 1,967 copies
God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian (1999) 1,777 copies
Fates Worse Than Death (1991) 1,036 copies
Happy Birthday, Wanda June (1970) 718 copies
While Mortals Sleep (2011) 693 copies
2BR02B (1962) 660 copies
Kurt Vonnegut: Letters (2012) 404 copies
Complete Stories (2017) 194 copies
The Big Trip Up Yonder (1954) 182 copies
Sun Moon Star (1980) 169 copies
Canary in a Cat House (1950) 117 copies
The Petrified Ants (2009) 86 copies
Slaughterhouse-Five (2010) 86 copies
Slaughterhouse-Five [1972 film] (1972) — Novel — 63 copies
Vonnegut in America (1977) 46 copies
Basic Training (2012) 43 copies
Seven Contemporary Short Novels [Third Edition] (1997) — Contributor — 40 copies
Seven Contemporary Short Novels [second edition] (1969) — Contributor — 35 copies
The Barnhouse Effect (1950) 19 copies
FUBAR (2009) 15 copies
Welkom op de apenrots (1971) 15 copies
The Kid Nobody Could Handle (1955) 14 copies
Unready to Wear (1953) 12 copies
Der gläserne Traum (1999) 11 copies
The Lie (1962) 10 copies
Sinbad (Singles Classic) (2016) 9 copies
The Vonnegut Quartet (1976) 9 copies
Who Am I This Time? (1961) 9 copies
Miss Temptation (1956) 9 copies
The Handicapper General (1993) 9 copies
The powder-blue dragon (2008) 8 copies
Slapstick/Mother Night (1979) 6 copies
EPICAC [short story] (1950) 6 copies
Hello, Red (2009) 6 copies
Slice of Life (2016) 6 copies
Little Drops of Water (2009) 6 copies
Thanasphere 6 copies
Ed Luby's Key Club (2009) 5 copies
Breakfast of Champions [1999 movie] (1999) — Author — 5 copies
The Nice Little People (2009) 5 copies
The Honor of a Newsboy (2009) 5 copies
The Good Explainer (2009) 5 copies
Next Door [short story] (1955) 5 copies
Adam [short story] (1954) 5 copies
The Euphio Question (1951) 5 copies
D.P. [short story] (1953) 5 copies
Where I Live (1964) 5 copies
More Stately Mansions (1951) 5 copies
All The King's Horses (1951) 5 copies
La sirenas de Titán (2023) 4 copies
New Dictionary [essay] (1966) 4 copies
Compadezcan al lector (2021) 4 copies
The Manned Missiles (1958) 4 copies
The Souvenir 3 copies
Hall of Mirrors 3 copies
Confido (2009) 3 copies
A Song for Selma (2009) 3 copies
Opowiadania wszystkie (2018) 2 copies
Hacıyatmaz (2012) 2 copies
Klanica pet (2001) 2 copies
Paldir Küldür (2017) 2 copies
Runaways 2 copies
Barbablù (2023) 2 copies
Cold Turkey 2 copies
Bard books 1 copy
Utópia 14 1 copy
Cronosisma 1 copy
Cats Cradle 1 copy
Galpagos 1 copy
Del 1 copy
Hokus-pokus (2022) 1 copy
Stories (2012) 1 copy
Ülkesiz Bir Adam (2020) 1 copy
Mnemonics 1 copy
Oko sokolovo 1 copy
Di wu hao tu zai chang (1994) 1 copy
Kolybel' dlia koshki (2014) 1 copy
T B R 0 2 B 1 copy
Kuşa Bak (2023) 1 copy
Vremetres 1 copy
The Package 1 copy
Enayinin Portföyü (2016) 1 copy
Daha Ne Olsun (2014) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Demolished Man (1952) — Introduction, some editions — 4,694 copies
The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Contributor — 1,136 copies
Again, Dangerous Visions (1972) — Contributor — 995 copies
The Ides of March (1948) — Foreword, some editions — 947 copies
The World Treasury of Science Fiction (1989) — Contributor — 895 copies
The Seventh Cross (1942) — Foreword, some editions — 798 copies
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006 (2006) — Composer — 759 copies
The Wizards of Odd: Comic Tales of Fantasy (1996) — Contributor — 636 copies
The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Contributor — 630 copies
The Flying Sorcerers: More Comic Tales of Fantasy (1997) — Contributor — 514 copies
Brave New Worlds: Dystopian Stories (2011) — Contributor — 509 copies
Free to Be... You and Me (1974) — Contributor — 485 copies
The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016) — Contributor — 424 copies
The Granta Book of the American Short Story (1992) — Contributor — 369 copies
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010 (2010) — Contributor — 305 copies
Grand Central Winter (1998) — Foreword, some editions — 292 copies
The Best of Modern Humor (1983) — Contributor — 291 copies
The Treasury of American Short Stories (1981) — Contributor — 269 copies
The Road to Science Fiction #3: From Heinlein to Here (1979) — Contributor — 243 copies
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction (1980) — Contributor — 197 copies
World's Best Science Fiction: 1969 (1969) — Contributor — 180 copies
The Ultimate Frankenstein (1991) — Contributor — 168 copies
The Ruins of the Earth (1973) — Contributor — 162 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2010 (2010) — Contributor — 154 copies
Connoisseur's Science Fiction (1964) — Contributor — 146 copies
Stories of the Sea (2010) — Contributor — 141 copies
Space Odyssey (1983) — Contributor — 138 copies
The Playboy Book of Science Fiction (1998) — Contributor — 134 copies
Animal Farm and Related Readings (1900) — Contributor — 114 copies
An ABC of Science Fiction (1809) — Contributor — 105 copies
The Frankenstein Omnibus (1994) — Contributor — 103 copies
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 11th Series (1962) — Contributor — 89 copies
Science Fiction: The Future (1971) — Contributor — 85 copies
CYBERSEX (1996) — Contributor — 77 copies
Back to School [1986 film] (1986) — Actor — 73 copies
The Fourth Science Fiction Megapack (2012) — Contributor — 70 copies
The Unabridged Mark Twain (1976) — Introduction — 55 copies
Assignment in Tomorrow: An Anthology (1954) — Contributor — 55 copies
Science Fiction (1973) — Author — 40 copies
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 32 copies
Long Walk to Forever {play} (1960) — Original story — 32 copies
How to Use the Power of the Printed Word (1985) — Author — 30 copies
Human Machines: An Anthology of Stories about Cyborgs (1975) — Contributor — 30 copies
Great World War II Stories: 50th Anniversary Collection (1989) — Contributor — 29 copies
The Fiend (1971) — Contributor — 23 copies
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Contributor — 22 copies
Mother Night [1996 film] (1996) — Author of original — 19 copies
Love Stories (1975) — Contributor — 19 copies
Next Door {play} (1994) — Author of original — 17 copies
Out of This World (1990) — Contributor — 17 copies
Masterpieces of Science Fiction (1978) — Author — 15 copies
Storia del piccolo Mouck (1997) — Translator, some editions — 9 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Winter 1994 (1993) — Author "So it goes." — 9 copies
Cutting Edges: Young American Fiction for the 70's (1973) — Contributor — 8 copies
The New Windmill Book of Stories from Different Genres (1998) — Contributor — 7 copies
The Short Story & You (1987) — Contributor — 7 copies
Playboy Magazine | September 1968 | Erika Toth (1968) — Contributor — 3 copies
S-Fマガジン 1984年08月号 (通巻316号) (1984) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Vonnegut, Kurt
Legal name
Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr.
Birthdate
1922-11-11
Date of death
2007-04-11
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Place of death
New York, New York, USA
Cause of death
brain injuries incurred several weeks prior from a fall at his New York brownstone home
Places of residence
New York, New York, USA
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
Education
University of Chicago
Cornell University
Carnegie Institute of Technology
University of Tennessee
Occupations
journalist
novelist
essayist
playwright
screenwriter
Relationships
Vonnegut, Mark (son)
Vonnegut, Edith (daughter)
Krementz, Jill (spouse)
Organizations
American Humanist Association
U.S. Army (WWII|POW)
Iowa Writers' Workshop
Awards and honors
State Author of New York/Edith Wharton Citation of Merit (2001-03)
American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award [1970]
Humanist of the Year [1992]
Asteroid Namesake [2539]
Purple Heart
Prisoner of War Medal (show all 8)
Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame (2015)
Carl Sandburg Literary Award (2001)
Short biography
Kurt Vonnegut Jr est né à Indianapolis en 1922. Prisonnier de guerre à Dresde pendant cinq mois, il y fut témoin du bombardement de 1945. De retour aux États-Unis, il se mit à écrire. Son roman le plus célèbre, Abattoir 5, resta pendant trois mois en tête des best-sellers américains.
Disambiguation notice
Kilgore Trout, the name of a character in several of Kurt Vonnegut's books, was later used as a pseudonym by Philip José Farmer. Vonnegut himself never wrote under or went by the name Kilgore Trout.

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Reviews

Adult Graphic Novel
Slaughterhouse-Five
by Ryan North
Archaia (2020), 192 pages

I love the original novel and enjoyed the graphic adaptation as well, however I don't think this is as well done as the orginal work.
 
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llwarren | 15 other reviews | Jun 3, 2024 |
DNF @ 1hr 40mins
I couldnt get into it and didnt like any of the characters.
 
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spiritedstardust | 126 other reviews | Jun 1, 2024 |
I had to rely on commentaries to understand what the time travel means, and most say that it is the means of how Billy deals with PTSD. I think that makes sense. You get so traumatised by war, you have to deal with it through extraordinary ways.
½
 
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siok | 708 other reviews | Jun 1, 2024 |
A wonderful work of fiction that really makes you think about the value of your possessions, your views on militaristic societies, and has some of the wildest plot twists ever.
 
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chip1o1 | 126 other reviews | May 23, 2024 |

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Carson McCullers Contributor
Stephen Geller Screenwriter
Paul Monash Producer
Jennings Lang Producer
Miroslav Ondrícek Director of Photography
Margaret Atwood Contributor
Toni Morrison Contributor
Jerzy Kosiński Contributor
Jill Krementz Photographer, Editor
John Steinbeck Contributor
Flannery O'Connor Contributor
Dan Wakefield Editor, Introduction
Nozomi Ōmori Translator, 監修
EnJoe Toh Afterword, Translator
Ivan Chermayeff Illustrator
John Wood Actor
Herman Koch Translator
Warner Flamen Translator
小川 哲 Afterword
宮脇 孝雄 Translator
浅倉 久志 Translator
Norio Itō Translator
Marjatta Kapari Translator
Cássia Zanon Translator
Olov Jonason Translator
Juhani Jaskari Translator
Lívia Koeppl Translator
James Franco Narrator
Jose Ferrer Narrator
Luigi Brioschi Translator
Lech Jęczmyk Translator
Else Hoog Translator
John Holder Illustrator
John Sutherland Introduction
Kurt Wagenseil Translator
Adrian Chesterman Illustrator
László Nemes Translator
Ryan North Author
Vladimir Filipov Translator
Jan Donkers Afterword
Gregor Hens Translator
Ethan Hawke Narrator
William Teason Cover artist
Harry Rowohlt Übersetzer, Translator
Delfina Vezzoli Translator
Tony Roberts Narrator
David Pelham Cover artist
Benjamin Kunkel Introduction
Vittorio Curtoni Translator
Julian House Cover artist
Paul Bacon Cover artist
Lech Jęczymyk Translator
Leo Dillon Cover artist
Diane Dillon Cover artist
Jay Snyder Narrator
Chris Moore Cover artist
Richard Powers Cover artist
Marc Adams Cover artist
James Marsh Cover artist
Lutz-W Wolff Translator
池澤 夏樹 Translator
Matti Santalahti Translator
Victor Bevine Narrator
Gene Greif Cover artist
Milton Charles Cover artist
Charles Binger Cover artist
C.W. Bacon Cover artist
Arthur Bishop Narrator
Zoran Paunović Translator
Richard Podaný Translator
George Ralph Narrator
István Molnár Translator
L. J. Ganser Narrator
Adam Grupper Narrator
Martin Sexton Cover artist
Jack Smyth Cover designer
Mark Bramhall Narrator
Rip Torn Narrator
Mark Vonnegut Introduction
Bart Kraamer Translator
Neil Gaiman Foreword
円城塔 Translator
Scott Brick Narrator
Sandy Kossin Illustrator

Statistics

Works
300
Also by
83
Members
181,967
Popularity
#27
Rating
4.0
Reviews
2,335
ISBNs
1,589
Languages
38
Favorited
1,391

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