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List of famous parody books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular parody books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best parody novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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A Cool Million is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Nathanael West A Cool Million: The Dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin is Nathanael West's third novel, published in 1934. It is a brutal satire of Horatio Alger's novels and their eternal optimism.

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A Midsummer's Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Garry Kilworth A Midsummer's Nightmare is a novel by Garry Kilworth. It is a comical parody of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. In the book, Titania, Queen of elvesfolk, falls in love with a ...more

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A Political Fable is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Robert Coover A Political Fable is a 1980 novella by Robert Coover. It was originally published, in slightly different form, in New American Review in 1968, under the title "The Cat in the Hat for

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Alice in Blunderland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
John Kendrick Bangs Alice in Blunderland: An Iridescent Dream is a novel by John Kendrick Bangs, written in 1907 and published by Doubleday, Page & Co. of New York. It is a political parody of Lewis Carroll's ...more

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An Apology for the Life of Mrs... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Henry Fielding An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews, or simply Shamela, as it is more commonly known, is a satirical burlesque, a novella written by Henry Fielding, first published in April 1741 ...more

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Android Karenina is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Leo Tolstoy, Ben H. Winters Android Karenina is a 2010 parody novel written by Ben H. Winters and based on Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. The novel is a mashup, adding steampunk elements to the Russian 19th-century ...more

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Clara in Blunderland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Clara in Blunderland is a novel by Caroline Lewis, written in 1902 and published by William Heinemann of London. It is a political parody of Lewis Carroll's two books, Alice's Adventures in ...more

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Dark Lord of Derkholm is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Diana Wynne Jones The Dark Lord of Derkholm, simply Dark Lord of Derkholm in the United States, is a fantasy novel by the British author Diana Wynne Jones, published autumn 1998 in both the U.K. and the U.S. It ...more

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Davy and the Goblin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Charles E. Carryl Davy and the Goblin, or, What Followed Reading "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is a novel by Charles E. Carryl, written in 1884 and published by Houghton Mifflin of Boston and ...more

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Doktor Faust und Mephisto! Ode... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Albrecht Behmel Die Geschichte des Doktor Faustus ist ein Stoff, an dem sich viele alte Meister versucht haben: Marlowe, Heine, Goethe, und Rembrandt zum Beispiel sahen in Faust einen tragischen Helden, der ...more

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Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote, fully titled The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. It follows the adventures of a nameless hidalgo who reads so many ...more

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John Bull's Adventures in the ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
John Bull's Adventures in the Fiscal Wonderland is a novel by Charles Geake and Francis Carruthers Gould, written in 1904 and published by Methuen & Co. of London. It is a political parody ...more

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Kafka Americana is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Carter Scholz, Jonathan Lethem Kafka Americana is a 1999 collection of short stories by Jonathan Lethem and Carter Scholz based on the life and works of Franz Kafka. Originally published in a limited edition by Subterranean ...more

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Lost in Blunderland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Lost in Blunderland: The further adventures of Clara is a novel by Caroline Lewis, written in 1903 and published by William Heinemann of London. It is a political parody of Lewis Carroll's two ...more

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Mansfield Park and Mummies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels

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Michael Moore Is a Big Fat Stu... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
David T. Hardy Michael Moore Is a Big Fat Stupid White Man is a book by David T. Hardy and Jason Clarke about author and filmmaker Michael Moore, criticizing him and his works. The title can be seen as a ...more

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Mr. Frank, the Underground Mai... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Vidi Mr. Frank, the Underground Mail-Agent is an 1853 parody novel written by an unknown author credited as "Vidi".

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National Lampoon 1964 High Sch... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
P. J. O'Rourke National Lampoon 1964 High School Yearbook Parody is an American humor book that was first published in 1973. It was a spin-off from National Lampoon magazine. The book was a parody of a high ...more

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National Lampoon Art Poster Bo... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
National Lampoon Art Poster Book was an American humor book that was published in large format softcover in 1975 by Harmony Books. The art posters of the title were pieces of artwork that had ...more

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National Lampoon Comics is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
National Lampoon Comics was an American book, an anthology of comics; it was published in 1974 in paperback. Although it is to all appearances a book, it was apparently considered to be a ...more

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National Lampoon Presents The ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
National Lampoon Presents The Very Large Book of Comical Funnies is an American humor book, a book of comic strips that was published in 1975 in paperback as a spin-off of National Lampoon ...more

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National Lampoon Sunday Newspa... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
National Lampoon Sunday Newspaper Parody is an American humor "book", a parody that was first published in 1978 by National Lampoon magazine. In the first printing, this publication ...more

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National Lampoon Tenth Anniver... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
National Lampoon Tenth Anniversary Anthology 1970–1980 was an American humor book that was published in hardback in December 1979 by Simon & Schuster. Although it appeared to be a regular ...more

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National Lampoon The 199th Bir... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Tony Hendra National Lampoon The 199th Birthday Book: A Tribute to the United States of America, 1776–1975 was an American humor book that was issued in 1975 in paperback. Although it appears to be a ...more

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National Lampoon The Best of N... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
National Lampoon The Best of #4 was an American humor book that was first published in 1972. The book was a "special issue" of National Lampoon magazine, so it was sold on newsstands, ...more

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National Lampoon The Best of N... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
National Lampoon The Best of #5, subtitled "Sloppy Seconds", was an American humor book that was published in 1974. The book was a "special issue" of National Lampoon ...more

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National Lampoon The Book of B... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
National Lampoon Book of Books was an American humor book that was published in 1979 in hardcover. It was a spin-off of National Lampoon magazine. It consisted of parodies of best-sellers. The ...more

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National Lampoon The Up Yourse... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
National Lampoon The Up Yourself Book was an American humor book that was published on January 1, 1977. Although it appears to be a book, this was a "special edition" of National ...more

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National Lampoon's Animal Hous... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
National Lampoon's Animal House Book was an American humor book that was published in 1978 by National Lampoon magazine. The book was an illustrated novel based on the hit movie National ...more

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National Lampoon's Doon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Ellis Weiner National Lampoon's Doon is a parody of Frank Herbert's 1965 science fiction novel Dune, written by Ellis Weiner and published in 1984 by Pocket Books for National Lampoon. It was reprinted by ...more

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombie... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a 2009 parody novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. It is a mashup combining Jane Austen's classic 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice with elements of modern zombie ...more

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombie... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels

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Emblemland is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
John Kendrick Bangs Rollo in Emblemland or Emblemland is a novel by John Kendrick Bangs, written in 1902 and published by R. H. Russell of New York. It is a tale inspired by the style of Lewis Carroll's book, ...more

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Sense and Sensibility and Sea ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Ben H. Winters Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters is a parody novel by Ben H. Winters, with Jane Austen credited as co-author. It is a mashup story containing elements from Jane Austen's 1811 novel Sense ...more

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Show Business is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Shashi Tharoor Show Business is a postmodern satirical novel by Shashi Tharoor.

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Snowball's Chance is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
John Reed Snowball's Chance, is a parody of George Orwell's Animal Farm written by John Reed, in which Snowball the pig returns to the Manor Farm after many years' absence, to install capitalism — which ...more

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The Admiral's Caravan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Charles E. Carryl The Admiral's Caravan is a novel by Charles E. Carryl, written in 1891 and published by the Century Company of New York in 1892. It is one of many literary "imitations" inspired by ...more

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The Adventures of Mao on the L... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Frederic Tuten The Adventures of Mao on the Long March is Frederic Tuten's first published novel. The novel is a fictionalized account of Chairman Mao's rise to power, and is highly experimental in nature, ...more

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The Anti-Pamela; or Feign’d In... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Eliza Haywood The Anti-Pamela; or Feign'd Innocence Detected is a 1741 novel written by Eliza Haywood as a satire of the 1740 novel Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded by Samuel Richardson.

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The Asti Spumante Code is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
The Asti Spumante Code is a 2005 parody novel written by Toby Clements as a parody of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. It is noteworthy for being among the first works of fiction to parody the ...more

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The Best of National Lampoon N... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
The Best of National Lampoon No.1 was a humorous American book that was first published in 1971. The book was a special issue of National Lampoon magazine, so it was sold on newsstands. However, ...more

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The Best of National Lampoon N... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
The Best of National Lampoon #3 was an American humor book that was published in 1973. The book was an anthology which was "special issue" of National Lampoon magazine, so it was sold ...more

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The Job of Sex is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
National Lampoon The Job of Sex: a Workingman's Guide to Productive Lovemaking is a humorous book that was first published in 1974. It was a spin-off from National Lampoon magazine. The book was ...more

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The John Riddell Murder Case is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Corey Ford The John Riddell Murder Case is a novel written by Corey Ford under the pseudonym of John Riddell. It was published in 1930. Subtitled "A Philo Vance Parody", it also mocks a number of ...more

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The National Lampoon Encyclope... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Michael O'Donoghue National Lampoon Encyclopedia of Humor is an American humor book that was first published in 1973 in hardback. It was a "special issue" of National Lampoon magazine, so it was sold on ...more

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The Soddit is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Adam Roberts The Soddit or Let's Cash in Again is a 2003 parody of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, written by A.R.R.R. Roberts. The book jacket states: "Following on from the frankly unlikely success of ...more

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The Westminster Alice is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Saki The Westminster Alice is the name of a collection of vignettes written by Hector Hugh Munro in 1902 and published by the Westminster Gazette of London. It is a political parody of Lewis ...more

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Would You Buy A Used War From ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Would You Buy A Used War From This Man? A Collection of Political Humor From National Lampoon, was a 1972 American humor book, a paperback anthology of pieces of political humor from National ...more

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Year of the Griffin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Parody Books and Novels
Diana Wynne Jones Year of the Griffin, later The Year of the Griffin in the U.K., is a fantasy novel by the British author Diana Wynne Jones, published 2000 simultaneously in the U.K. and the U.S. It is the ...more