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  • n. A work of fiction that is extremely popular with a select audience but may or may not be successful at the time of the work's original publication.

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Examples

  • The book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a cult classic of the 1960s that ultimately sold over six million copies, was rejected by 150 publishers before it was taken; Sally Jessy Raphaël, now one of the country’s top-rated television talk show hostesses, was fired from fifteen radio jobs before she landed her television contract.

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