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Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Lady Chatterley's Lover. The Blue Lagoon. Portnoy's Complaint. The Da Vinci Code. 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 what we 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. 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 In His Steps--now almost totally forgotten, but the biggest all-time bestseller between 1895 and 1945--to Gone with the Wind, The Andromeda Strain, and The Da Vinci Code. Discussing both classic and contemporary novels, alongside some surprising titles and long-forgotten names. Sutherland lifts the lid on the bestseller industry, revealing what makes a book into a bestseller and what separates bestsellers from canonical fiction.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780199214891
ISBN-10: 0199214891
Pagini: 144
Ilustrații: 10 halftones
Dimensiuni: 112 x 174 x 7 mm
Greutate: 0.13 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP Oxford
Seria Very Short Introductions

Locul publicării: Oxford, United Kingdom

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