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Kurt Vonnegut Books In Order

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Publication Order of Delta Fiction Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Player Piano /Utopia 14 (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sirens of Titan (1959)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cat's Cradle (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mother Night (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Between Time and Timbuktu (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Breakfast of Champions (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slapstick, or Lonesome No More! (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jailbird (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadeye Dick (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hocus Pocus (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Timequake (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

with Richard Lingeman
The Big Trip Up Yonder (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
2 B R 0 2 B (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Who Am I This Time? For Romeos and Juliets (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Honor of a Newsboy (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Confido (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hall of Mirrors (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Song for Selma (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hello, Red (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Good Explainer (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
King and Queen of the Universe (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little Drops of Water (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nice Little People (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ed Luby's Key Club (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shout about It from the Housetops (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
FUBAR (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Basic Training (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vonnegut by the Dozen: Twelve Pieces by Kurt Vonnegut (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slice of Life (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Canary in a Cat House (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
2BR02B (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Welcome to the Monkey House (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bagombo Snuff Box (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Armageddon in Retrospect (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Look at the Birdie (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
While Mortals Sleep (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sucker's Portfolio (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sinbad (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Palm Sunday (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Like Shaking Hands with God (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kurt Vonnegut on Mark Twain, Lincoln, Imperialist Wars and the Weather (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Man Without a Country (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Letters (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
We Are What We Pretend To Be (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
If This Isn't Nice What Is? (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pity the Reader (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Biographies & Memoirs

Fates Worse Than Death (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love, Kurt: The Vonnegut Love Letters, 1941-1945 (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Plays

with Christopher Sergel
Happy Birthday, Wanda June (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Welcome to the Monkey House (With: Christopher Sergel) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Children's Books

Sun, Moon, Star (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Slaughter-House Five Books

with Ryan North
Slaughterhouse-Five, or the Children's Crusade (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Comic Tales of Fantasy Books

with Peter Haining
The Flying Sorcerers (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wizards of Odd (By: Peter Haining) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wizards of Odd (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ob??dni rycerze (By: Peter Haining) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Last Interview Books

by Jacques Derrida, David Bowie, Lou Reed
Learning to Live Finally: The Last Interview (By: Jacques Derrida) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Connoisseur's Science Fiction(1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
ABC of Science Fiction(1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best SF Vol 7(1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Masks(1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Autumn Light: Illuminations of Age(1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Golden Age of Science Fiction(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space Odyssey(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
A World of Fiction(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Tales of Fantasy and Science Fiction(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Science Fiction of the 20th Century(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ultimate Frankenstein(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Fiction: An Anthology of the First Published Stories by Famous Writers(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cybersex: Aliens, Neurosex and Cyborgasms(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Flying Sorcerers(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wizards of Odd(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Playboy Book of Science Fiction(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writers on Writing(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Big City Cool: Short Stories About Urban Youth(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Louder than Bombs: Interviews from The Progressive Magazine(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 2(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best American Mystery Stories 2010(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Slaughterhouse-Five: Critical Insights(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction Collection 002(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fourth Science Fiction Megapack(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Big Book of Classic Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lieu: Science Fiction Short Stories(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grave Predictions(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ultimate Short Story Bundle(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

About Kurt Vonnegut:

There are writers not from this generation that has written critically acclaimed books that can capture the reader’s hearts and minds. These books and novels are called classics in this generation, and in the ironic circumstance that since Kurt Vonnegut is a pacifist, he often writes about the pains of war, the sacrifices and idealisms of the people who were affected by the war. These are some types of genre that people are looking for, especially those readers that are looking for some action in the books that they are reading, and where they can connect with the characters of the book that is in their hand.

Who is Kurt Vonnegut and his Writing Style

A critical pacifist intellectual and a veteran of the war, Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 11, 1922. His parents were a third Generation German-American, and have a hierarchy of successful relatives. His great grandfather was the founder of the Vonnegut Hardware Company, Clemens Vonnegut Sr. His father and grandfather; Kurt and Bernard Vonnegut were both architects of Vonnegut and Bohn, an Indianapolis firm. With such great, noble origin, Kurt was very diligent with his studies as a student. He was given with the gift of thoughts and words, as he was the Assisting Managing Editor and Associate Director of The Cornell Daily Sun, the official publication of the Cornell University back on his college days. After, he enlisted himself in the army during World War 2. He was a private in the United States Army, 423rd Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division. He experienced greater pain and suffering throughout the war. After he came back from his duty, he was awarded a “Purple Heart” after he was liberated at the Saxony-Czechoslovakian Border by the Red Army Troops in 1945. After that, he studied anthropology at the University of Chicago, and wrote “Cat’s Cradle”, his fourth novel and was published first in 1963. Because of this, he was awarded his Master Degree.

He started his writing career on a short story entitled “Report on Barnhouse Effect” on February 11, 1950, an edition of Colliers. His first novel was Player Piano, a science fiction dystopian novel about the negligence of having a world with political repression pollution, poverty, societal collapse, pollution, political repression, or totalitarianism affects the quality of life. He was also an artist, and has a great knowledge with politics and religion.

His most common genre in writing his books is commonly described as a realist. But in some occasions, Kurt wrote some science fiction along with all his collection of books that have sold and been critically acclaimed by award giving bodies in his generation, and even before he passed away.

Books He Wrote:

Mother Night

This novel goes with the memoirs of an American named Howard W. Campbell, Jr. who was a Nazi propagandist and a well-known playwright. He narrated his action of the novel, as he writes his memoirs in an Israeli Prison while waiting for his trial for his war crimes. It started when he was approached by a US War Department agent, Frank Wirtanen on a park bench in the Berlin Zoo, but he rejects the offer.

These are the common events that happen across the globe during the time of the world war where many people have suffered because of their beliefs and ideals. This portrays a realistic fact that the suffering of some people is left unrecognized that some may have died in vain during the war.

Mother Night was adapted in a film in 1996 and his third novel after “The Sirens of Titan” in October 31, 1959 and it was Hugo Award-nominated.

Slapstick or Lonesome, No More!

This was his eighth novel and was also adapted in a film in 1984 entitled “Slapsticks of another Kind”. Along with this novel, he meditates on the closed nature of his sister Alice (died of cancer in 1958). This novel is dedicated to Laurel and Hardy (Arthur Stanley Johnson and Norvell Hardy) who has been his reference to his novel. This novel depicts the loneliness according to Vonnegut’s views, in social or individual scale. The story goes in an autobiography of Dr. Wilbur Daffodil Swain, a man who was secluded by their parents in the society together with his sister, Eliza because upon they realize that, when they have a physical contact with each other, they form a tremendous amount of creative and powerful intelligence.

Although the word slapstick was common in Kurt’s generation where people are easily tickled by the action slapstick where people in films or stage plays inflicts pain in a “funny” manner. Instead of the reader expecting something like these scenarios, the reader will be in shock and awe that the story really is not about comedy, but instead dealing with the loneliness of a loved one passing. There are other aspects of the story that’s being covered in Slapstick or Lonesome, No more! And this is something that the reader could only understand when they will be put in the limelight during the time that they will be reading this novel.


Kurt Vonnegut’s novels can be an eye opener to some readers that patronizes his work. There are many things in life that people have to understand and realize during their lifetime, that along the way, long before they have existed, there are people who gave up some of their happiness and freedom so that the people of this generation will have their freedom and happiness, away from oppression and persecution. Many have even given their lives just to forge a free world, and that Kurt’s books makes the readers realize about the suffering of the people who lived long ago for the kind of freedom that the people of today is currently enjoying.

His works are really worth reading, especially to the younger generation all because of the values and lessons that they could pick up during the time that they are reading Kurt’s novels. He’s got more than 40+ novels to choose from and with that kind of coverage, the readers can just pick one that will suit their reading style and the connection that they want to establish with the novel, the character and the story that the book may deliver towards the reader themselves. It is worth the time reading his novels.

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