What are three interesting facts about Kurt Vonnegut?

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mickey2bailey eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are many interesting facts about Kurt Vonnegut, and I have listed some below that were new to me and I found to be interesting.  I hope you find them interesting also.

On February 13, 1945, Dresden, Germany was bombed killing 135,000 citizens. Vonnegut and fellow Allied POWs took shelter in an underground meatlocker, which was the basis of his book, Slaughterhouse Five. There is a song by the pop-punk band Nebula titled "So It Goes." The entire song is an allusion to Slaughterhouse-Five.

There is a pop song by the band Ambrosia titled "Nice, Nice, Very Nice," that was inspired by, and directly references, concepts taken from Cat's Cradle.

Vonnegut played himself in a cameo in 1986's Back to School, in which he is hired by Rodney Dangerfield's Thornton Melon to write a paper on the topic of the novels of Kurt Vonnegut. Recognizing the work as not Melon's own, Professor Turner tells him, "Whoever did write this doesn't know the first thing about Kurt Vonnegut."

dymatsuoka eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Kurt Vonnegut was deeply influenced by a civics class he took in high school.  He says the basis for his political and social beliefs was developed there.

Vonnegut was a soldier in the U.S. Army during World War II.  Captured by German soldiers, he was taken to Dresden and survived the bombing of that city in 1945.

To support his writing career, Vonnegut held a variety of jobs on the side.  He worked in public relations, was a teacher, and sold automobiles.