Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

John Sutherland


Lady Chatterley's Lover. The Blue Lagoon. Portnoy's criticism. 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 an interesting glance through the lists to bare what now we have been reading--and why. John Sutherland indicates that bestseller lists visual display unit one of many most powerful pulses in glossy literature and are accordingly priceless of significant learn. Exploring the connection among bestsellers and the models, ideologies, and cultural matters of the day, the publication comprises brief case-studies and full of life 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 brilliant 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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