Beliefs[ edit ] In his capacity as editor, Mencken became close friends with the leading literary figures of his time, including Theodore DreiserF. He also championed artists whose works he considered worthy. For example, he asserted that books such as Caught Short!
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 the 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.
They burnt the whole damn town down. With the captives abandoned by their guards, Vonnegut reached a prisoner-of-war repatriation camp in Le HavreFrance, before the end of Maywith the aid of the Soviets. Army and returned to Indianapolis.
He augmented his income by working as a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago at night. Jane accepted a scholarship from the university to study Russian literature as a graduate student.
Jane dropped out of the program after becoming pregnant with the couple's first child, Mark born Maywhile Kurt also left the University without any degree despite having completed his undergraduate education when his master's thesis on the Ghost Dance religious movement was unanimously rejected by the department.
Although the job required a college degree, Vonnegut was hired after claiming to hold a master's degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago. His brother Bernard had worked at GE sincecontributing significantly to an iodine -based cloud seeding project.
InKurt and Jane had a daughter named Edith. Burger suggested he quit GE, a course he had contemplated before. He also did a stint as an English teacher, wrote copy for an advertising agency, and opened the first USA Saab dealership, which eventually failed.
InVonnegut's first novel, Player Pianowas published by Scribner's. The novel has a post-Third World War setting, in which factory workers have been replaced by machines.Paul Kingsnorth is a writer and poet living in Cumbria, England. He is the author of several books, including the poetry collection Kidland and his fictional debut The Wake, winner of the Gordon Burn Prize and the Bookseller Book of the Year Award.
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