The Best Kurt Vonnegut Books

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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. So what are the best Kurt Vonnegut books? Rank away, readers!

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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 ...more
  • 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 ...more
  • Mother Night is a novel by American author Kurt Vonnegut, first published in 1961. The title of the book is taken from Goethe's Faust. It is the fictional memoirs of Howard W. Campbell Jr., an ...more
  • 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 ...more
  • God Bless You Mr. Rosewater is a play by Howard Ashman.
  • Bluebeard, the Autobiography of Rabo Karabekian is a 1987 novel by best-selling author Kurt Vonnegut. It is told as a first person narrative and describes the late years of fictional Abstract ...more
  • 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 ...more
  • Slapstick, or Lonesome No More! is a science fiction novel by American author Kurt Vonnegut. Written in 1976, it depicts Vonnegut's views of loneliness, both on an individual and social scale. The ...more
  • Harrison Bergeron

  • "Welcome to the Monkey House" is a Kurt Vonnegut short story that is part of the collection Welcome to the Monkey House. It is alluded to in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater as one of Kilgore Trout's ...more
  • Jailbird is a novel by Kurt Vonnegut, originally published in 1979; it has come to be known as "his Watergate novel". The plot involves elements ranging from labor movement of the early 20th century ...more
  • Galápagos is the eleventh novel written by American author Kurt Vonnegut. The novel questions the merit of the human brain from an evolutionary perspective. The title is both a reference to the ...more
  • Hocus Pocus, or What's the Hurry, Son? is a 1990 novel by Kurt Vonnegut.
  • Deadeye Dick is a novel by Kurt Vonnegut originally published in 1982.
  • Timequake is a semi-autobiographical work by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. published in 1997. Vonnegut described the novel as a "stew", in which he alternates between summarizing a novel he had been struggling ...more
  • Player Piano, author Kurt Vonnegut's first novel, was published in 1952. It is a dystopia of automation, describing the dereliction it causes in the quality of life. The story takes place in a ...more
  • If This Isn't Nice, What Is?

  • Palm Sunday is a 1981 collection of short stories, speeches, essays, letters, and other previously unpublished works by author Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  • Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons is a collection of essays, reviews, short travel accounts, and human interest stories written by Kurt Vonnegut from c. 1966–1974.
  • Fates Worse than Death, subtitled An Autobiographical Collage of the 1980's, is a 1991 collection of essays, speeches, and other previously uncollected writings by author Kurt Vonnegut Jr.. In the ...more