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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.

About the Author

John Sutherland is Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London, and Professor of Literature at Caltech. The author of many books, he writes and reviews widely, including in the TLS and LRB, and writes regular columns in the Guardian, Financial Times, New Statesman, and Sunday Telegraph. In 2005, he was chair of the Man-Booker fiction prize committee.

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ISBN:
9780199214891
Author:
Sutherland, John
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, John
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
English fiction -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Popular literature -- United States.
Subject:
Literature/English | Literary Theory
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Series:
Very Short Introductions
Publication Date:
20071231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 halftones
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
6.86x4.45x.32 in. .28 lbs.

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