Born: 1922 | Died: 2007
Kurt Vonnegut was born to a German family in Indianapolis in 1922. Vonnegut studied at Cornell University before serving in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.
He was eventually taken prisoner by the German Army and survived the bombing of the city of Dresden in February 1945, an experience that greatly influenced his work.
His books often featured elements of science fiction and fantastical plots including trips to outer space and machine-controlled cities, but Vonnegut used them as metaphors for modern society rather than depictions of future situations. Among his most famous works are "Mother Night," "Slaughterhouse Five," "Cat's Cradle" and "Breakfast of Champions." The author died in April 2007 in Manhattan.