Kurt Vonnegut Pases Away

Posted on 04/12/2007. Filed under: Kurt Vonnegut |

The world has lost another great voice with the death of Kurt Vonnegut.

clipped from news.yahoo.com

AP

Influential author Vonnegut dies at 84

NEW YORK – Kurt Vonnegut mixed the bitter and funny with a touch of the profound in books such as “Slaughterhouse-Five,” “Cat’s Cradle,” and “Hocus Pocus.”

Vonnegut, regarded by many critics as a key influence in shaping 20th-century American literature, died Wednesday at 84. He suffered brain injuries after a recent fall at his Manhattan home, said his wife, photographer Jill Krementz.

Vonnegut’s more than a dozen books, short stories, essays and plays contained elements of social commentary, science fiction and autobiography.

“He was sort of like nobody else,” said fellow author Gore Vidal. “Kurt was never dull.”

A self-described religious skeptic and freethinking humanist, Vonnegut used protagonists such as Billy Pilgrim and Eliot Rosewater as transparent vehicles for his points of view.

Author Kurt Vonnegut is shown in this undated publicity photograph from Random House Publishers. Vonnegut, best known for his novels 'Slaughterhouse-Five' and 'Cat's Cradle,' died at age 84 on April 11, 2007, the New York Times reported. (Courtesy Random House Publishers/Handout/Reuters)
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