Kurt Vonnegut Birthday, Date of Birth

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (; November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published fourteen novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction, with further collections being published after his death. He is most famous for his darkly satirical, best-selling novel Slaughterhouse-Five (1969).

Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Vonnegut attended Cornell University but dropped out in January 1943 and enlisted in the United States Army. As part of his training, he studied mechanical engineering at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) and the University of Tennessee. He was then deployed to Europe to fight in World War II and was captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. He was interned in Dresden and survived the Allied bombing of the city by taking refuge in a meat locker of the slaughterhouse where he was imprisoned. After the war, Vonnegut married Jane Marie Cox, with whom he had three children. He later adopted his sister's three sons, after she died of cancer and her husband was killed in a train accident.

Vonnegut published his first novel, Player Piano, in 1952. The novel was reviewed positively but was not commercially successful. In the nearly 20 years that followed, Vonnegut published several novels that were only marginally successful, such as Cat's Cradle (1963) and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1964). Vonnegut's breakthrough was his commercially and critically successful sixth novel, Slaughterhouse-Five. The book's anti-war sentiment resonated with its readers amidst the ongoing Vietnam War and its reviews were generally positive. After its release, Slaughterhouse-Five went to the top of The New York Times Best Seller list, thrusting Vonnegut into fame. He was invited to give speeches, lectures and commencement addresses around the country and received many awards and honors.

Later in his career, Vonnegut published several autobiographical essays and short-story collections, including Fates Worse Than Death (1991), and A Man Without a Country (2005). After his death, he was hailed as a morbidly comical commentator on the society in which he lived and as one of the most important contemporary writers. Vonnegut's son Mark published a compilation of his father's unpublished compositions, titled Armageddon in Retrospect. In 2017, Seven Stories Press published Complete Stories, a collection of Vonnegut's short fiction including five previously unpublished stories. Complete Stories was collected and introduced by Vonnegut friends and scholars Jerome Klinkowitz and Dan Wakefield. Numerous scholarly works have examined Vonnegut's writing and humor.

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Birthday, Date of Birth
Saturday, November 11, 1922
Place of Birth
Indianapolis
Age
98
Star Sign

The November 11, 1922 was a Saturday under the star sign of . It was the 314 day of the year. President of the United States was Warren G. Harding.

If you were born on this day, you are 98 years old. Your last birthday was on the Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 174 days ago. Your next birthday is on Thursday, November 11, 2021, in 190 days. You have lived for 35,969 days, or about 863,267 hours, or about 51,796,048 minutes, or about seconds.

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11th of November 1922 News

News as it appeared on the front page of the New York Times on November 11, 1922

ELECTION MAY HALT PLAN OF LLOYD'S; Legislation to Permit British Underwriters to Operate Here Had Been Expected. HISTORY OF FAMOUS FIRM Born In a London Coffee House 200 Years Ago--All Kinds of Insurance Except Life.

Date: 12 November 1922

History of famous insurance firm, whose plans to begin operation in N Y S may be altered by Dem election

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Bay of Naples Afire from Blazing Naphtha; Warships Reported Surrounded by Flames

Date: 12 November 1922

Naples Bay afire from blazing naphtha

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FINANCIAL MARKETS; General Decline in Stocks-- Bonds Irregular--Conflicting Movements in Exchange.

Date: 11 November 1922

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READY TO DRYDOCK LINER MAJESTIC; Huge Ship Will Leave Here for Boston Nov. 15 and Arrive at Flood Tide. CREW WILL STAY ON BOARD Tickets Will Be Issued for View of Great Steamship with Entire Hull Exposed. Will Dock at Flood Tide. Crew Will Stay on Board.

Date: 12 November 1922

tickets will be issued for view of ship while in dry dock

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Today's Radio Program

Date: 11 November 1922

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PROHIBITION 'NEWS' SEEN AS PROPAGANDA; Democrats Resent Imputation. Hurry-Up Hearings.

Date: 12 November 1922

Maj R A Haynes says he had no intention of propaganda when he established it

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WHEAT AT CHICAGO DROPS AND RALLIES; Early Break Opens the Way for a Good Class of Buying That Sends Prices Up.

Date: 11 November 1922

Special to The New York Times

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GOVERNOR RUSHES HOME TO CURB SUBSTITUTE; Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Pardons Negro Convicts While Executive Is at Game.

Date: 12 November 1922

Special to The New York Times

Lt Gov H G Casteel pardons negro convicts during absence of Gov L M Russell at football game, Gov of Bd of Pardons refuses to act on them

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Princetonians Left on Campus Celebrate Eleven's Victory

Date: 12 November 1922

Special to The New York Times

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WAR TALK TO TURKS A CAMPAIGN ISSUE; Lloyd George's Opponents Renew Attacks Upon Him forSept. 16 Statement.AFRAID OF FIERY METHODS Memorandum, Apparently Meant forMinisters Only, Was Given Out at Downing Street.

Date: 11 November 1922

Copyright, 1922, by The New York Times Company. Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES

Lloyd George's fiery statement of Sept 16 an issue in British elections

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