Born: November 11, 1922
Died: April 11, 2007
Occupation: Author, novelist, essayist
Biography: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was a 20th-century American writer. His works such as Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five, and Breakfast of Champions 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.