Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. ( /ˈvɒnɨɡət/; November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was a 20th-century American writer. His works such as Cat's Cradle (1963), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), and Breakfast of Champions (1973) blend satire, gallows humor, and science fiction. As a citizen he was a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union and a critical leftist intellectual. He was known for his humanist beliefs and was honorary president of the American Humanist Association.
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“Being American is to eat a lot of beef steak, and boy, weve got a lot more beef steak than any other country, and thats why you ought to be glad youre an American. And people have started looking at these big hunks of bloody meat on their plates, you know, and wondering what on earth they think theyre doing.”
—Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (b. 1922)