Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | November 25, 2007

byJohn Sutherland

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'I rejoice', said Doctor Johnson, 'to concur with the Common Reader.' For the last century, the tastes and preferences of the common reader have been reflected in the American and British bestseller lists, and this Very Short Introduction takes an engaging look through the lists to reveal whatwe have been reading - and why. John Sutherland shows that bestseller lists monitor one of the strongest pulses in modern literature and are therefore worthy of serious study. Along the way, he lifts the lid on the bestseller industry, examines what makes a book into a bestseller, and asks what separates bestsellers fromcanonical fiction. Exploring the relationship between bestsellers and the fashions, ideologies, and cultural concerns of the day, the book includes short case-studies and lively summaries of bestsellers through the years: from iIn His Steps/i - now almost totally forgotten, but the biggest all-time bestseller between1895 and 1945, to iGone with the Wind/i and iThe Andromeda Strain/i, and iThe Da Vinci Code/i.

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'I rejoice', said Doctor Johnson, 'to concur with the Common Reader.' For the last century, the tastes and preferences of the common reader have been reflected in the American and British bestseller lists, and this Very Short Introduction takes an engaging look through the lists to reveal whatwe have been reading - and why. John Suther...

John Sutherland is Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London, and Professor of Literature at Caltech. He has published many books, including, most recently, iSo You Think You Know Jane Austen?/i and iSo You Think You Know Thomas Hardy?/i, and has edited 15 volumes in the Oxford World...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.28 inPublished:November 25, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199214891

ISBN - 13:9780199214891

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Date published: 2008-12-07