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Best Satire Books Reviewed & Ranked

Our list of some of the best Satire books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. The Cambridge Introduction to Satire (Cambridge Introductions to Literature) (2019)

Best Satire Books Reviewed & RankedIn satire, evil, folly, and weakness are held up to ridicule – to the delight of some and the outrage of others. Satire may claim the higher purpose of social critique or moral reform, or it may simply revel in its own transgressive laughter. It exposes frauds, debunks ideals, binds communities, starts arguments, and evokes unconscious fantasies. It has been a central literary genre since ancient times, and has become especially popular and provocative in recent decades. This new introduction to satire takes a historically expansive and theoretically eclectic approach, addressing a range of satirical forms from ancient,…
Author(s): Jonathan Greenberg

2. American Satire: An Anthology of Writings from Colonial Times to the Present (1997)

Best Satire Books Reviewed & RankedThis entertaining, informative collection covers the best of American satire—from Ben Franklin’s cutting satiric attacks to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Celestial Railroad, Calvin Trillin’s Old Marrieds, Mark Twain’s American Abroad to P.J. O’Rourke’s The Innocents Abroad—Updated, a late 20th-century take on Twain’s classic piece. “Entertaining and satisfying…An excellent introduction.”—Amazon.com….
Author(s): Nicholas Bakalar

3. Satire (The New Critical Idiom) (2017)

Best Satire Books Reviewed & RankedWhat is satire? How can we define it? Is it a weapon for radical change or fundamentally conservative? Is satire funny or cruel? Does it always need a target or victim? Combining thematic, theoretical and historical approaches, John T. Gilmore introduces and investigates the tradition of satire from classical models through to the present day. In a lucid and engaging style, Gilmore explores: Using examples from ancient Egypt to Charlie Hebdo, from European traditions of formal verse satire to imaginary voyages and alternative universes, newspaper cartoons and YouTube clips, from the Caribbean to…
Author(s): John T. Gilmore

4. Parking Tickets: For Those Who’ve Crossed the Line (2014)

Best Satire Books Reviewed & RankedDid someone park his Miata parallel across the last three perpendicular spaces? And there’s no parking enforcement around to bust him? No problem. Thanks to Parking Tickets, readers can issue a cleverly designed and perfectly humiliating “fine” to the inconsiderate owner. There are simple messages ― “You’re a space hog,” angry cards ― “It was either this or a crowbar through your window,” and sarcastic tickets ― “Hope you’re better between the sheets than you are between the lines.” Together they provide good parkers an outlet to vent their frustrations toward people who deserve it, and maybe raise that driver’s consciousness….
Author(s): Shinebox Print

5. Sixteen Satires (Penguin Classics) (1999)

Best Satire Books Reviewed & RankedPerhaps more than any other writer, Juvenal (c. 55-138 AD) captures the splendour, the squalor and the sheer vibrant energy of everyday Roman life. A member of the traditional land-owning class which was rapidly seeing power slip into the hands of dynamic outsiders, he offers equally savage portraits of decadent aristocrats; women interested only in ‘rough trade’ like actors and gladiators; and the jumped-up sons of panders and auctioneers. He constantly compares the corruption of his own generation with their stern upright forebears. And he makes us feel from within the deep humiliation of…
Author(s): Juvenal, Peter Green

6. The Satires (Oxford World’s Classics) (2008)

Best Satire Books Reviewed & RankedCommonly considered the greatest of Roman satirical poets, Juvenal is the author of sixteen satires of Roman society, notable for their pessimism and ironic humor. In this new translation of the Satires, Professor Rudd combines textual accuracy with colorful poetry, vividly conveying Juvenal’s gift for evoking a wealth of imagery with a few economical phrases.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World’s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford’s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a…
Author(s): Juvenal , Niall Rudd, et al.

7. Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter (2018)

Best Satire Books Reviewed & RankedThe New York Times bestseller that explains one of the most important perceptual shifts in the history of humankindScott Adams was one of the earliest public figures to predict Donald Trump’s election. The mainstream media regarded Trump as a lucky clown, but Adams – best known as “the guy who created Dilbert” — recognized a level of persuasion you only see once in a generation. We’re hardwired to respond to emotion, not reason, and Trump knew exactly which emotional buttons to push. The point isn’t whether Trump was right or wrong, good or bad. Adams goes beyond politics to look…
Author(s): Scott Adams

8. Juvenal: Satires Book I (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics) (1996)

Best Satire Books Reviewed & RankedThis volume presents a new commentary on the first book of satires of the Roman satirist Juvenal. In the Introduction Braund situates Juvenal within the genre of satire and demonstrates his originality in creating an angry character who declaims in the “grand style.” The Commentary illuminates the content and style of Satires 1-5. The essays on each of the poems together with the overview of Book I in the Introduction present the first integrated reading of these Satires as an organic structure….
Author(s): Braund

9. Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV: How to Write Monologue Jokes, Desk Pieces, Sketches, Parodies, Audience Pieces, Remotes, and Other Short-Form Comedy (2014)

Best Satire Books Reviewed & RankedHe has written and produced comedy/talk shows for over fifteen years. Now four-time Emmy winner Joe Toplyn reveals his proven methods of writing for late-night television in this one-of-a-kind insider’s guide. Toplyn analyzes each type of comedy piece in the late-night TV playbook and takes you step-by-step through the process of writing it. His detailed tips, techniques, and rules include: • 6 characteristics every good monologue joke topic must have • 6 specific ways to generate punch lines • 12 tools for making your jokes their funniest…
Author(s): Joe Toplyn

10. Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era (2009)

Best Satire Books Reviewed & RankedSatirical TV has become mandatory viewing for citizens wishing to make sense of the bizarre contemporary state of political life. Shifts in industry economics and audience tastes have re-made television comedy, once considered a wasteland of escapist humor, into what is arguably the most popular source of political critique. From fake news and pundit shows to animated sitcoms and mash-up videos, satire has become an important avenue for processing politics in informative and entertaining ways, and satire TV is now its own thriving, viable television genre….
Author(s): Jonathan Gray , Jeffrey P. Jones , et al.

Best Satire Books Reviewed & Ranked

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Graphic Satire in the Soviet Union: Krokodil’s Political Cartoons

Author(s): John Etty
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2373200

Lucilius and Satire in Second-Century BC Rome

Author(s): Brian W Breed
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Year: 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2319703

Spenserian Satire: A Tradition of Indirection

Author(s): Rachel E. Hile
Publisher: Manchester University Press, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1707551

Satire and Politics: The Interplay of Heritage and Practice

Author(s): Jessica Milner Davis (eds.)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2017, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2179110

Is it OK to Laugh about It? Holocaust Humour, Satire and Parody in Israeli Culture

Author(s): Liat Steir-Livny
Publisher: Vallentine Mitchell, Year: 2017, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2222111

Ben Jonson, John Marston and Early Modern Drama: Satire and the Audience

Author(s): Rebecca Yearling
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2016, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1458177

Humor and Satire on Contemporary Television: Animation and the American Joke

Author(s): Silas Kaine Ezell
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2016, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2239407

Irony, Satire, Parody, and the Grotesque in the Music of Shostakovich: A Theory of Musical Incongruities

Author(s): Esti Sheinberg
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2016, Size: 23 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2334417

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really hot items according to Chicago Tribune, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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