Kilgore Trout as Kurt Vonnegut's Alter Ego

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Kilgore Trout as Kurt Vonnegut's Alter Ego

In 1922, two residents of Indianapolis, Indiana had a son

who would later become one of the premiere writers in 20th

century American literature. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was born to Edith

and Kurt Sr. on November 11, 1922. He graduated from Shortridge

High School in 1940, attended Cornell University for a year, then

joined the army. He fought in World War II and was captured by

the Germans in 1944. As a Prisoner of War, he lived through the

firebombing of Dresden, an event which inspired his acclaimed

novel, Slaughterhouse-Five. After he returned from Europe in

April of 1945, he married Jane Marie Cox and spent several years

studying at the University of Chicago and working as a reporter

for the Chicago City News Bureau. In 1947, he went to work at

General Electric Corporation as a research laboratory publicist.

He worked there for 3 years until he left to become a full time

writer in 1950. In the past 47 years, he has become one of the

most acclaimed writers of our time.

Kurt Vonnegut's first novel was entitled Player Piano and

was published in 1952. Since then, he has written over a dozen

other novels, collections of short stories, a collection of

essays and interviews, and a play, Happy Birthday Wanda June. He

spent 1965 in residence at the University of Iowa Writer's

Workshop and taught writing at Harvard in 1970. He also was

awarded a M.A. degree from the University of Chicago. Vonnegut

currently appears on the Barnes and Noble Booksellers bag and is

featured on a Visa commercial in which he buys a copy of one of

his own books.

If one looks through Vonnegut's works, one will find many

occurrences of reoccurring characters, settings, and themes.

Perhaps one of the most frequently occurring characters is

Kilgore Trout, an obscure science-fiction writer with a small but

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