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Kurt Vonnegut, American writer (1922–2007)


Vonnegut had three children from his first marriage, he adopted his sister's three children after she died from cancer, and he and his second wife, Jill Krementz, adopted a girl, Lily, as an infant. Vonnegut's sister, Alice, died of cancer only two days after her husband was killed in a train accident.

Kurt Vonnegut wrote dozens of satirical novels whose central theme is life's cosmic joke on humanity. Vonnegut was often called a science fiction author, but it's well known that he used the cloak of sci-fi simply as a means to deliver his cranky-but-funny deliberations on the human condition. His best-known books include Cat's Cradle (1963), Welcome to the Monkey House (1968), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), and Slapstick (1976). Many of his books feature a character named Kilgore Trout, a fictional author who is something of an alter-ego for Vonnegut himself. Excerpted from Who2.

Fun Fact: "Thank You Kurt Vonnegut for Everything," appears at the end of Michael Moore's 2007 film Sicko.

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