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Vonnegut's place in your personal heirarchy

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Buck, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    Where does Vonnegut stand among American writers of fiction?
    Where does he rank?
    I rank him very high, behind Salinger but ahead of Hemingway and Steinbeck.

    JD editor's note: Subject line adjusted to fit Buck's clarification later on this page. I throw in this service for free.
  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Re: Vonnegut's standing

    He's in the Top 10 (Salinger isn't).
  3. OnTheRiver

    OnTheRiver Active Member

    Re: Vonnegut's standing

    Here's how subjective the question is: I'd flip-flop your take, and put him behind Hemingway and Steinbeck but ahead of Salinger.
  4. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Re: Vonnegut's standing

    What about Twain? And Poe?
  5. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Re: Vonnegut's standing

    Twain, Faulkner and Fitzgerald would probably be my top 3
  6. Re: Vonnegut's standing

    I can say for certain, having done it myself, often, that downplaying Hemingway's going to get you flamed.
    I'd put Vonnegut behind Twain, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Steinbeck, Willa Cather and Eudora Welty, but not far behind any of them.
  7. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Re: Vonnegut's standing

    My Top 5 based solely on personal preference:

  8. Re: Vonnegut's standing

    I'd have him the exact opposite. Ahead of Salinger but behind Hemingway and Steinbeck.

    I'd also put him ahead of contemporaries Joseph Heller, and Ken Kesey

    Historically he's behind Twain (obviously), Melville and Poe

    Its a toss up between him and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Huxley, Faulkner, Henry James, William Golding, Jack London and Hawthorne. I say toss up because these lists all come down to personal preference
  9. writing irish

    writing irish Active Member

    Re: Vonnegut's standing

    Steinbeck and Hemingway, to me, rank above both Salinger and Vonnegut. Although I'm not a big Hemingway fan, personally.

    Still, I'd say Vonnegut's a solid top-tier writer...put him up there with Baldwin, Updike, Algren, Mailer, Miller, McCullers, O'Connor....I'm just thinking 20th century...

    Shit, you people post quickly!
  10. Re: Vonnegut's standing

    Let me also say that Hunter S Thompson was a bug in the afterbirth in comparision to Vonnegut.
  11. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Re: Vonnegut's standing

    Vonnegut's standing? I thought he just died.
  12. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    Re: Vonnegut's standing

    I've got Fitzgerald ahead of him, too.
    But I'm putting him ahead of Twain, Faulkner and Mellville.
    I love Kesey, but I think I've got to go with Vonnegut.
    He's behind Hawthorne.
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