Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

John Sutherland


Lady Chatterley's Lover. The Blue Lagoon. Portnoy's grievance. The Da Vinci Code. For the final century, the tastes and personal tastes of the typical reader were mirrored within the American and British bestseller lists, and this Very brief Introduction takes a fascinating glance through the lists to bare what we have now been reading--and why. John Sutherland indicates that bestseller lists computer screen one of many most powerful pulses in smooth literature and are for this reason beneficial of significant learn. Exploring the connection among bestsellers and the models, ideologies, and cultural matters of the day, the ebook comprises brief case-studies and vigorous summaries of bestsellers over the years: from In His Steps--now virtually absolutely forgotten, however the largest all-time bestseller among 1895 and 1945--to Gone with the Wind, The Andromeda Strain, and The Da Vinci Code. Discussing either vintage and modern novels, along a few unbelievable titles and long-forgotten names. Sutherland lifts the lid at the bestseller undefined, revealing what makes a ebook right into a bestseller and what separates bestsellers from canonical fiction.

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