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Classic Cult Fiction: A Companion to Popular Cult Literature (1992) is a book by Thomas Reed Whissen is a book on cult fiction.

"Cult classics are a special breed of book. Rarely do these books make the bestseller lists until they are "discovered" by readers who then recommend them to everyone they know. The "golden age" of cult literature falls between 1945 and 1975. Their readers are typically college students who connect with the elements of "romantic hope and longing as well as romantic disillusion and melancholy." Many of the titles below are now mainstream classics. It remains to be seen if some of the other titles will jump from "cult" to "classic" status." ---Thomas Reed Whissen, Classic Cult Fiction, 1992

The list

  1. Against Nature, Joris-Karl Huysmans
  2. Animal Farm, George Orwell
  3. Another Roadside Attraction, Tom Robbins
  4. Axel, Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam
  5. Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me, Richard Farina
  6. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
  7. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  8. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  9. The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger
  10. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  11. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
  12. The Day of the Locust, Nathanael West
  13. Demian, Hermann Hesse
  14. Dune, Frank Herbert
  15. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson
  16. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
  17. Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, Mary Shelley
  18. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  19. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  20. The Killer Inside Me, Jim Thompson
  21. Lady Chatterley's Lover, D. H. Lawrence
  22. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  23. Look Homeward, Angel, Thomas Wolfe
  24. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  25. The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien
  26. Lost Horizon, James Hilton
  27. Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis
  28. One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey
  29. On the Road, Jack Kerouac
  30. The Outsider, Colin Wilson
  31. The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton
  32. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
  33. René, François-René de Chateaubriand
  34. A Separate Peace, John Knowles
  35. Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
  36. Slaughterhouse-Five or the Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  37. The Sorrows of Young Werther, Goethe
  38. The Stand, Stephen King
  39. Steppenwolf, Hermann Hesse
  40. The Stranger, Albert Camus
  41. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein
  42. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
  43. The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, Carlos Castaneda
  44. This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  45. Time and Again, Jack Finney
  46. Trout Fishing in America, Richard Brautigan
  47. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur Clarke
  48. Walden Two, B. F. Skinner
  49. Warlock, Oakley Hall
  50. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig




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