Presentation on theme: "Kurt Vonnegut. Personal life Son of Kurt (architect) and Edith (Lieber) Vonnegut. Siblings * Bernard (1914-1997) * Alice (1917-1958) Marriages * Jane."— Presentation transcript:
Personal life Son of Kurt (architect) and Edith (Lieber) Vonnegut. Siblings * Bernard ( ) * Alice ( ) Marriages * Jane Marie Cox, September 1, 1945 (divorced, 1979) * Jill Krementz, November 1979.
Personal Life (continued) Children * First Marriage: o Mark o Edith o Nanette * Adopted deceased sister's children: o James o Steven o Kurt Adams * Second marriage: o Lili (adopted).
His Parents Kurt Sr., was a architect. On May 14, 1944, Mothers' Day, his mother committed suicide.
Education Cornell University and majored in Chemistry Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) and the University of Tennessee to study mechanical engineering. University of Chicago as a graduate student in anthropology
Literature * PLAYER PIANO, Sähköpiano (suom. Aarne T.K. Lahtinen) * THE SIRENS OF TITAN, Titanin seireenit (suom. Marjatta Kapari) * MOTHER NIGHT, Äiti Yö (suom. Matti Santalahti, Marjatta Kapari) - film 1996, dir. by Keith Gordon, starring Nick Nolte and Sheryl Lee * CANARY IN A CAT HOUSE, 1961 * THE VERY FIRST CHRISTMAS MORNING, 1962 (in Better Homes and Gardens) * CAT'S CRADDLE, Kissan kehto (suom. Marjatta Kapari) * WELCOME TO THE MONKEY HOUSE, 1968 * GOD BLESS YOU, MR. ROSEWATER, Jumala teitä siunatkoon, herra Rosewater (suom. Marjatta Kapari) * SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE: OR, THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE: A DUTY-DANCE WITH DEATH, Teurastamo 5 eli Lasten ristiretki (suom. Juhani Jaskari) - film 1972, dir. by George Roy Hill, screenplay by Stephen Geller, starring Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Eugene Roche,, Sharon Gans, Valrie Perrine. - "Scenes in present and future have a surreal quality; those in Dresden are astonishingly believable, and terrifying. The scene in which Billy's fatherly friend Derby (Eugene Roche) is killed is one of the most jarring sequences in cinema history, one that leaves your stomach queasy." (Danny Peary in Guide For the Film Fanatic, 1986)
Beliefs Vonnegut was deeply influenced by early Socialist labor leaders, especially Indiana natives Powers Hapgood and Eugene V. Debs, and he frequently quotes them in his work. Vonnegut was descended from a family of German freethinkers, who were skeptical of "conventional religious beliefs."