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List Rules Best books, novels, short story collections, and plays written by Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) was a prolific American writer, often acknowledged as a major voice in American literature and applauded for his subtle criticisms and sharp portrayal of modern society. On this list of the best Kurt Vonnegut books, you can rank his works, to determine which are truly the best from this classic author.

Ranging from his classic novels, like Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat's Cradle, to collections of his plays and short stories, this list has Kurt Vonnegut's best works. If any are missing, add them to the list below to fill out this comprehensive list of Vonnegut's works.

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Cat's Cradle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kurt Vonnegut Books
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Cat's Cradle


Cat's Cradle is the fourth novel by American writer Kurt Vonnegut, first published in 1963. It explores issues of science, technology, and religion, satirizing the arms race and many other targets along the way. After turning down his original thesis in 1947, the University of Chicago awarded ...more

First Published: 1963

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Satire, Science Fiction

Original Language: English Language

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Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kurt Vonnegut Books
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Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death is a satirical novel by Kurt Vonnegut about World War II experiences and journeys through time of a soldier named Billy Pilgrim. It is generally recognized as Vonnegut's most influential and popular work. Vonnegut's use of the ...more

First Published: 1969

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Subjects: Literary, American science fiction, Classics, Prisoner of war, World War II

Genres (Book): Philosophy, Speculative fiction, War novel, Black comedy, Fiction, + more

Original Language: English Language

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The Sirens of Titan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kurt Vonnegut Books
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The Sirens of Titan is a Hugo Award-nominated novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., first published in 1959. His second novel, it involves issues of free will, omniscience, and the overall purpose of human history. Much of the story revolves around a Martian invasion of Earth. ...more

First Published: 1959

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Subjects: Popular literature, Mars in fiction

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Black comedy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Original Language: English Language

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Breakfast of Champions is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kurt Vonnegut Books
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Breakfast of Champions, or Goodbye Blue Monday is a 1973 novel by the American author Kurt Vonnegut. Set in the fictional town of Midland City, it is the story of "two lonesome, skinny, fairly old white men on a planet which was dying fast." One of these men, Dwayne Hoover, is a charming but deeply ...more

First Published: 1973

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Subjects: Literary

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Fiction, Novel, Science Fiction

Original Language: English Language

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