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Vonnegut, Kurt, 1922-2007
The Vonnegut mss. III, 1959-2001, consists of individual items acquired from a variety of sources relating to author Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007.
1 Box
Materials are in English .
Preferred citation:

[Item], Vonnegut mss. III, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.


Biographical / Historical:

Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007, was an American novelist. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 11, 1922. He attended Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, where he wrote for the Shortridge High School Echo, one of the few daily high school newspapers in the country. At the urging of his father, Vonnegut attended Cornell University to study chemistry and biology. While at Cornell, Vonnegut worked for the Cornell Daily Sun, even writing his own column. However, before he could complete his degree, he enlisted in the Army. While serving during World War II, Vonnegut survived the firebombing of Dresden as a prisoner of war, an experience that would later influence his novel Slaughterhouse Five (1969). Vonnegut had seven children in all, three from his first marriage to Jane Cox, his three nephews, and a daughter he adopted with his second wife, Jill Krementz. Vonnegut lived in New York with Jill until his death on April 11, 2007.

His first published work was a piece of short fiction "Report on the Barnhouse Effect" which appeared in Collier's, Feb. 1950. Over the years his short stories and articles have appeared in many magazines, but he is best known for his novels, the first of which, Player Piano, was published in 1952. Vonnegut has also written for both the stage and screen, and many of his works have been adapted to film, television and theater.

Scope and Content:

The Vonnegut mss. III, ca. 1959-2001, consists of individual items acquired from a variety of sources relating to author Kurt Vonnegut. These include tributes written to his editor, Faith Sale; a collection of papers relating to the publication of The Sirens of Titan; correspondence with editor Sam Stewart about Slaughterhouse Five, Cat's Cradle, and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; overhead transparencies Vonnegut prepared for lecturing; and correspondence with veteran Joseph Mark.

Acquisition information:

Gift: 2011, 2013.

Purchase: 2013, 2014, 2016.


This collection is arranged following original order.

Physical location:
ALF (Auxiliary Library Facility); ALF (Auxiliary Library Facility) - OVFlat



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[Item], Vonnegut mss. III, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

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