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Kurt Vonnegut: A Free-Thinking American

Author Kurt Vonnegut called himself a free-thinking humanist. Others said his unerring moral compass, colloquial style, and ability to mix sadness and humor made Vonnegut the Mark Twain of his generation. With the publication of Slaughterhouse-Five, Vonnegut found an audience that clung to his pointed observations of society and its shortcomings.

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Neda Ulaby reports on arts, entertainment, and cultural trends for NPR's Arts Desk.