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Cult Writers

50 Nonconformist Novelists You Need to Know

Ian Haydn Smith Kristelle Rodeia



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Quarto Books
04 August 2020
Series: Cult Figures
Cult Writers handpicks 50 notable figures from the modern world of literature and explores the creative genius that earned them the cult label, while celebrating the works that made their names. What makes a cult writer? Whether pioneering in their craft, fiercely and undeniably unique or critically divisive, cult writers come in all shapes and guises. Some gain instant fame, others instant notoriety, and more still remain anonymous until a chance change in fashion sees their work propelled into the limelight. In Cult Writers Ian Haydn Smith introduces 50 novelists deserving of a cult status. The literary genres and subjects explored within these writers' pages are rich and diverse - acting as mirrors of their genius minds: from Irvine Welsh's gritty Edinburgh streets, to Ken Kesey's drug-fuelled madness; from feminist trailblazer Sylvia Plath to the magical realism of Angela Carter. Discover little knowns with small, devout followings and superstars gracing the covers of magazines: each writer is special in their individuality and their ability to inspire, antagonise and delight. With colourful and quirky illustrations by Kristelle Rodeia, Cult Writers is an essential addition to any book lovers library, as well as an entertaining introduction to our weird and wonderful world of literature. The Writers: Kathy Acker, James Baldwin, J.G. Ballard, Mikhail Bulgakov, Charles Bukowski, William S. Burroughs, Octavia E. Butler, Italo Calvino, Albert Camus, Angela Carter, Colette, Maryse Conde, Julio Cortazar, Philip K. Dick, Douglas Coupland, Marguerite Duras, Ralph Ellison, Elena Ferrante, Janet Frame, Jean Genet, Joseph Heller, Michel Houellebecq, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Ken Kesey, Chris Kraus, Milan Kundera, Ursula K. Le Guin, Doris Lessing, Cormac McCarthy, Carson McCullers, Yukio Mishima, Haruki Murakami, Anais Nin, Sylvia Plath, Thomas Pynchon, Raymond Queneau, Ayn Rand, Pauline Reage, Jean Rhys, Juan Rulfo, Francoise Sagan, J.D. Salinger, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Donna Tartt, Jim Thompson, J.R.R. Tolkien, Kurt Vonnegut, Virginia Woolf, Irvine Welsh.
By:   Ian Haydn Smith
Illustrated by:   Kristelle Rodeia
Imprint:   Quarto Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 189mm,  Width: 151mm, 
ISBN:   9780711250642
ISBN 10:   0711250642
Series:   Cult Figures
Pages:   144
Publication Date:   04 August 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
INTRODUCTION KATHY ACKER (1947-1997) EVE BABITZ (1943) J.G. BALLARD (1930-2009) DJUNA BARNES (1892-1982) CHARLES BUKOWSKI (1920-1994) MIKHAIL BULGAKOV (1891-1940) WILLIAM BURROUGHS (1914-1997) OCTAVIA E. BUTLER (1947-2006) ITALO CALVINO (1923-1985) ALBERT CAMUS (1913-1960) ANGELA CARTER (1940-1992) COLETTE (1873-1954) MARYSE CONDE (1937) JULIO CORTAZAR (1914-1984) DOUGLAS COUPLAND (1961) PHILIP K. DICK (1928-1982) JOAN DIDION (1934) MARGUERITE DURAS (1914-1996) RALPH ELLISON (1914-1994) ELENA FERRANTE (1943) JANET FRAME (1924-2004) JEAN GENET (1910-1986) MICHEL HOUELLEBECQ (1956) ZORA NEALE HURSTON (1891-1960) DENIS JOHNSON (1949-2017) FRANZ KAFKA (1883-1924) KEN KESEY (1935-2001) CHRIS KRAUS (1955) MILAN KUNDERA (1929) URSULA K. LE GUIN (1929-2018) DORIS LESSING (1919-2013) CORMAC MCCARTHY (1933) CARSON MCCULLERS (1917-1967) YUKIO MISHIMA (1925-1970) HARUKI MURAKAMI (1949) ANAIS NIN (1903-1977) SYLVIA PLATH (1932-1963) THOMAS PYNCHON (1937) AYN RAND (1905-1982) PAULINE REAGE (1907-1998) JEAN RHYS (1890-1979) JUAN RULFO (1917-1986) FRANCOISE SAGAN (1935-2004) J.D. SALINGER (1919-2010) BORIS & ARKADY STRUGATSKY (1933-2012; 1925-1991) JIM THOMPSON (1906-1977) J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) KURT VONNEGUT (1922-2007) IRVINE WELSH (1958) VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882-1941) KEY WORKS

Ian Haydn Smith is a London-based writer. He is the update editor on 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and is the editor of BFI Filmmakers Magazine and Curzon Magazine. Ian is also the author of Selling the Movie: The Art of the Film Poster, The Short Story of Photography and Cult Filmmakers. Kristelle Rodeia is a freelance illustrator based in Paris. After studying Plastic Arts and Graphic Design, she is now a full time illustrator working in a mixture of pen, ink and digital drawings. Previous clients include Stylist, Veneta Bottega and Erratum. Kristelle is the illustrator for White Lion Publishings Cult Artists, Cult Filmmakers, Cult Musicians and Cult Writers.

Reviews for Cult Writers: 50 Nonconformist Novelists You Need to Know

Cult Writers is an entertaining introduction to the weird and wonderful world of literature. * BookTrib * A survey of idolized literati from an array of styles, backgrounds, and philosophies, Smith's compendium includes the usual suspects one expects from a work on cult writers-Kurt Vonnegut, J. R. R. Tolkien, Francoise Sagan, Cormac McCarthy, Djuna Barnes, Ken Kesey, Ayn Rand-plus a few quirks, accompanied by illustrations by Kristelle Rodeia. * Booklist * For the reader who wants to dig deeper into quality writing, or the bibliophile looking to branch out into new genres, Cult Writers is an inviting source to decide what to read next. * PopMatters *

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