Kurt Vonnegut Jr.~ 1922 – 2007

Kurt Vonnegut,(wiki) Author of Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five and many other bestselling novels and essays on American counterculture, died a few hours ago after having sustained injuries in a fall at his Manhattan home several weeks earlier. He was 84.

Although he was disdained by some critics who thought his work was too
popular and accessible, his fiction inspired volumes of scholarly
comment as well as websites maintained by young fans who have helped
keep all 14 of his novels in print over a 50-year career. Five of his
novels have made the leap into films.
A few schools and libraries initially banned his book Slaughterhouse- Five because of its sexual content, rough language and depictions of violence, but it eventually became part of many high school curriculum a generation later.

Kurt Vonnegut has also lectured at the prestigious Harvard University in 1970-71.

In 1985 he was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Programme, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, for “Displaced Persons”.

Kurt Vonnegut has an asteroid named after him; and his literary alter ego named Kilgore Trout also died at 84.

New York Times has an obituary here.

RIP – Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt – RIP

Hat tip: sudhakar muthyala

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