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was born on November 11, 1922, in Indianapolis, to a German-American family. He studies at Cornell University, Carnegie Institute and the University of Chicago. In 1942 he enlists in the United States Army. In 1944, after the battle of the Bulge he becomes a war prisoner at Dresden, where less than two months later he witnesses the fire bombing of Dresden, in February 1945. He was awarded a Purple Heart, one of the most important American military decorations. In 1946 he becomes a reporter for the Chicago News Agency, and between 1947 and 1950 he worked in public relations for General Electric. In 1950 he publishes his first story, the next year he moves in Princeton, Massachusetts, dedicating his life to writing.
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