If you want to read some early Vonnegut, this is as early as it gets. “The Shapes of Stories” is a theory Kurt devised in the 1960s, when he submitted a second thesis to the University of Chicago in an attempt to garner a pay raise from his then-job as professor at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.For a video of Kurt explaining his theory, follow this link.
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.
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Vonnegut's son Mark published a compilation of his father's unpublished compositions, titled Armageddon in Retrospect.
Vonnegut was descended from German immigrants who settled in the United States in the mid-19th century; his patrilineal great-grandfather, Clemens Vonnegut of Westphalia, Germany, settled in Indianapolis and founded the Vonnegut Hardware Company.
Kurt's father, and his father before him, Bernard, were architects; the architecture firm under Kurt Sr.Kurt Vonnegut was nothing if not prolific: 14 novels, 3 collections of short stories (only 1 of which was published during his lifetime), a number of essay collections, too many other articles and pieces to name.It’s almost impossible to be familiar with all of his work, and readers today are busy.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Seven Stories Press published Complete Stories, a collection of Vonnegut's short fiction including five previously unpublished stories.Complete Stories was collected and introduced by Vonnegut friends and scholars Jerome Klinkowitz and Dan Wakefield.November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007)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.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.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).