10 BOOKS WITH A CULT FOLLOWING
What's a cult book? It has a passionate following, and the ability to alter a reader's life or influence great change. For the purpose of this list, it's also a bit odd and a tad obscure.
- •The Female Eunuch by Germain GreerGreer believed the nuclear family repressed and desexualized women. Published in 1970, the book was a key text in the early stages of the feminist movement.
- •Naked Lunch by William S. BurroughsControversial and banned in numerous states for its profanity, obscenity and incessant portrayals of drug use, the book has collected a steady and dedicated following in the fight against censorship.
- •The Red Book by Carl JungThe manuscript was written in the years following Jung's separation from Freud, but Jung's heirs did not allow publication until the following century. Until then, it was reserved for their eyes only.
- •Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health by L. Ron HubbardThe best-selling self-help book launched the movement of Scientology in the 1950s and is still considered to be the canonical text of the religion.
- •Howl by Allen GinsbergWhen Lawrence Ferlinghetti was arrested and charged with obscenity for publishing Howl, demand for the book erupted. It became a pivotal work for young people in the 1960s.
- •Codex Seraphinianus by Luigi SerafiniThought to be one of the weirdest books ever published, artists, philosophers, and code breakers have obsessed over the book's illustrations, meaning and text.
- •The Master and the Margarita by Mikhail BulgakovThe story of Satan appearing in atheistic Soviet Union was banned by Joseph Stalin. Today, Bulgakov fans and Satanist groups in Moscow gather at museums dedicated to the author and his work.
- •Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich HarrerThe text that introduced Tibet to a world of readers who then rallied for Tibet in its fight for freedom.
- •The Modern Gunsmith by James Virgil HoweOriginally published in 1934 and now out-of-print, this gun manual is still the go-to book for gun enthusiasts.
- •The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence DurrellAn early example of quantum fiction, Durrell's tetralogy exposed readers to not only the notions of continuum, but also to like in the Mediterranean.