Did Kurt Vonnegut believe in free will?
Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 11,1922, the son of Kurt and Edith Vonnegut. He was the youngest of three children. His ancestors had come from Germany in 1855. While studying at Shortridge High School, Kurt wrote for the Shortridge Daily Echo, and the rigor of writing daily to deadlines helped shape his habits as a writer. He graduated from Cornell University in New York, where he majored in biochemistry and wrote for the Cornell Sun. By 1943, Kurt was a private in the U.S. Army. In the same year, his mother committed suicide, an event about which he would write as having left him a "legacy of suicide." Soon thereafter, he was sent to Europe, where he was captured and held as a prisoner of war in Dresden, Germany. There he experienced the event that forms the basis of his famous novel Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), the firebombing that virtually destroyed Dresden on the night of February 13, 1945. Kurt was considered a prolific writer, having written around fourteen novels, three short story collections, various plays, as well as some nonfiction works.
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Kurt Vonnegut did not believe in the concept of free will, as echoed by some characters in his works, such as Billy Pilgrim and the Tralfamadorians...
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Learn about Kurt Vonnegut, his books, and his biography. Read famous Vonnegut quotes from Slaughterhouse Five and other novels, which were adapted into movies.