Thus, they did not teach their youngest son German, or introduce him to German literature and traditions, leaving him feeling "ignorant and rootless." Vonnegut later credited Ida Young, his family's African-American cook and housekeeper for the first 10 years of his life, for raising him and giving him values: she "gave me decent moral instruction and was exceedingly nice to me.So she was as great an influence on me as anybody." Vonnegut described Young as "humane and wise", adding that "the compassionate, forgiving aspects of [his] beliefs" came from her.
The financial security and social prosperity that the Vonneguts had once enjoyed were destroyed in a matter of years.
The Liebers' brewery was closed in 1921 after the advent of Prohibition in the United States.
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.
Numerous scholarly works have examined Vonnegut's writing and humor. was born on November 11, 1922, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
He was the youngest of three children of Kurt Vonnegut Sr. His older siblings were Bernard (born 1914) and Alice (born 1917).He later penned a piece, "Well All Right", focusing on pacifism, a cause he strongly supported, The attack on Pearl Harbor brought the U. He was placed on academic probation in May 1942 and dropped out the following January.No longer eligible for a student deferment, he faced likely conscription into the United States Army.When the Great Depression hit, few people could afford to build, causing clients at Kurt Sr.'s architectural firm to become scarce.Vonnegut's brother and sister had finished their primary and secondary educations in private schools, but Vonnegut was placed in a public school, called Public School No. His mother became depressed, withdrawn, bitter, and abusive.He later adopted his sister's three sons, after she died of cancer and her husband was killed in a train accident.Vonnegut published his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.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).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.