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date: 28 May 2020

Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr.locked

(11 November 1922–12 April 2007)
  • Gregory Sumner

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Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr. (11 November 1922–12 April 2007), writer and social activist, was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the third child of Kurt Vonnegut, Sr., and Edith Lieber Vonnegut. Along with elder siblings Bernard and Alice, Kurt, Jr., was part of the latest generation in a German-American community that had flourished since its arrival in America before the Civil War. His father and grandfather were noted architects, and it seemed everyone in town patronized the Vonnegut chain of hardware stores, known for quality and honest dealing. The Liebers, on Kurt's maternal side, made a fortune from their brewery, internationally famous for its Gold Medal beer. Kurt would recall his early childhood, living in an elegant house designed by his father, as the most secure and happy period in his life....

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