Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-2007) was an American author known for his science fiction and satire. He was also a critical leftist intellectual. He served in World War II as a soldier and was a POW who received a Purple Heart for what he called a “frostbite.” Vonnegut gave his works all letter grades – he gave Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse-Five an A+, while he gave A’s to The Sirens of Titan, Mother Night, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater and Jailbird. On the flip side, he gave Happy Birthday, Wanda June and Slapstick D’s.

Kurt Vonnegut published his first novel in 1952, which was Player Piano. Below is a list of Kurt Vonnegut’s books in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Delta Fiction Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

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

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

(with Richard Lingeman)

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

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

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

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

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

Publication Order of Biographies & Memoirs

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

Publication Order of Plays

(with Christopher Sergel)

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

Publication Order of Children's Books

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

Publication Order of Slaughter-House Five Books

(with Ryan North)

Slaughterhouse-Five, or the Children's Crusade (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Comic Tales of Fantasy Books

(with Peter Haining)

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

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.com

Publication Order of Anthologies

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

Notes: Player Piano was also published as Utopia-14. The Last Interview is co-authored by Tom McCartan. Like Shaking Hands with God is co-authored by Lee Stringer.

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3 Responses to “Order of Kurt Vonnegut Books”

  1. John Lienhart: 2 years ago

    Canary in a Cat House is a short story collection, not a standalone novel.
    I just finished reading it.

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    • Graeme: 2 years ago

      Cheers John – we’ll update the listing.

      Reply

  2. Rick Galliher: 4 years ago

    Years ago my library had a VHS tape of a Vonnegut movie about a black kid growing up in Germany after WWII. Fathered by an American GI and living in an orphanage . I didn’t steal it, but I was tempted too.

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