A Complete List of Kurt Vonnegut Books

by Josh Hanagarne on October 10, 2010

in Books

Other than Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut is my all-time favorite author. He had a knack for saying things that nobody else could, or finding better ways to say things that everyone was already saying. His imagination was as close to bottomless as I’ve ever seen. He was able to write scathing indictments of norms and behaviors and thoughts all while telling stories. Vonnegut rarely had to come right out and say anything–we got his point simply by reading the stories and drawing the only possible conclusions from them.

He was a gifted writer, a wonderful human, and if there is a heaven, I hope he is there and I’ll get to meet him one day. Below is a bibliography of Mr. Vonnegut’s books. There are still some unpublished writings out there that continue to trickle out, so we may not hit the end for a while yet.

Novels by Kurt Vonnegut

1. Player Piano

2. The Sirens of Titan

3. Mother Night

4. Cat’s Cradle

5. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

6. Slaughterhouse Five

7. Breakfast of Champions

8. Slapstick

9. Jailbird

10. Deadeye Dick

11. Galapagos

12. Bluebeard

13. Hocus Pocus

14. Timequake

Story Collections and essays

1. Canary In a Cathouse

2. Harrison Bergeron

3. Welcome To The Monkey House

4. Wampeters, Foma, and Granfaloons

5. Palm Sunday

6. Nothing is Lost Save Honor

7. Fates Worse Than Death

8. Bagombo Snuff Box

9. God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

10. A Man Without A Country

11. Armageddon In Retrospect

12. Look At The Birdie

13. While Mortals Sleep (This one will apparently be coming out in 2011 and will be fiction)

We all have our favorite Vonnegut books. I have read all of the books on this list at least twice. It is often on the rereadings that I truly figure out which are my favorites. And as my own circumstances change, my own opinions change, and the books change as well.

I’ve never found another author whose books deserve to be reread the way Kurt’s books do. I miss the man and the thought that one day we’ll have nothing new, even posthumously, makes me sad. But I’m thrilled that he was able to write as much as he was.

Josh

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brady July 15, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Is this a list of Vonnegut’s books published in order?

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dredlo August 7, 2011 at 3:25 am

Nope the list is correct but not as published in order

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Josh Hanagarne August 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Thanks Dredlo.

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Kilgore Trout December 30, 2011 at 12:59 am

I don’t know if you knew this from your post, “…and if there is a heaven, I hope he is there and I’ll get to meet him one day.”

Kurt Vonnegut was a self-proclaimed atheist. Maybe you meant it as ironical. Who knows?

Merry Christmas. or Winter Solstice, which ever you celebrate.

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Josh Hanagarne December 30, 2011 at 9:58 am

Let’s substitute afterlife. If there’s a heaven/afterlife, Vonnegut being a self-proclaimed atheist wouldn’t get him out of it, so maybe I’d get to meet him anyway.

Same to you.

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khu September 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm

don’t wish to be involved in the exact conversation you two had there. there is a related point at http://www.seymourbarab.com/biography.html it reads:

Seymour’s Cosmos Cantata, was set to a text by the novelist Kurt Vonnegut and commissioned and performed by the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Richard Aldon Clark. Of their collaboration, Kurt Vonnegut says: “Barab’s music is full of magic. He proved to an atheist that God exists. What an honor to have worked with him.”

heard in a radio ad today that there’re 91 days until Xmas

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Josh Hanagarne September 24, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Very cool, thank you.

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khu September 25, 2012 at 11:22 am

:) no problem. thanks back for the cool site. see you

kate February 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Does anyone have a list or know of any audio books available that are read by Kurt Vonnegut himself?

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darrell March 7, 2012 at 12:19 am

read a short story collection years ago and cant find it, although i have been looking for years.one of the stories is about what happens to the human race after aliens try to help us and ends with the earth almost totally destroyed.another is about a man who is too busy to take care of his body so he puts it in a closet and only takes it out for maintenance.could you tell me which book these stories are in?

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Fran March 7, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Trying to find the name of a very early (50′s?) SF novel by an author whose last name starts with “Von” (not Vonnegut) where
people use “cerebral-cortical pause” to organize thinking.
Hero finds he can mentally teleport self to “memorized” target locations he has seen; and later makes mental contact with a still-aware space ship that brought humans to this galaxy long ago. This was published about the time that Scientology’s basis was published.

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Josh Hanagarne March 8, 2012 at 9:18 am

I’ll see what I can find, Fran.

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AL September 11, 2012 at 12:47 am

A. E. van Vogt has a ‘Cortical-Thalamic pause’ in The World of Null-A trilogy, although he might also use it in other stories. He’s from the right time period.

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Lana March 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Trying to find the name of Vonnegut Novel/short story: where if you are prettier than other people you have to wear a mask, if you are smarter than other people you take a pill to lower your IQ.

Does this sound familiar?

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Josh Hanagarne March 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Hi Lana, it’s called Harrison Bergeron.

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Lana March 18, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Hi Josh, I thank you very much.

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Dava June 12, 2012 at 11:43 pm

I’m trying to find the name of one of his books that I read several years ago. I believe it was set in South America. Main character was a very eccentric man that traveled thru the countries as a reporter I believe & in a pivotal part of the story smokes some type of hallucinagenic drug with a medicine man & it takes him to some type of spirit world. It was an amazing read & actually very funny book but shockingly I can’t remember any details about the title other than the length…it was very long. Like 8 words, almost a run on sentence. I’ve looked at all the bibliographies I can find online but cannot find it. Do you have any idea which book I’m referring to?

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Stephen Cohen October 31, 2012 at 3:39 am

Can you help me track down a Vonnegut story about a man who casts the single vote which determines an election?

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Josh Hanagarne October 31, 2012 at 8:03 am

That sounds familiar. I’ll start looking today.

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