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Tag: Best Sellers
In the same way that the Economist magazine argues that the Big Mac Index is a 'good' measure of the relative strength of currencies one can argue that
best seller lists capture the concerns and interests of a culture.
Best sellers are not necessarily high art or immortal works, but they do offer insights on their time.
Ten Nights in a Bar-Room is temperance novel that helped demonize alcohol.
In the story a miller gives up his mill and opens a tavern.
The narrator visits intermittently over the years and charts the changes in the proprietor and the town due to the negative influence of alcohol.
Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best selling novel of the nineteenth century. The book is named for the central character and depicts the harsh reality of slavery. The book had such a significant impact that on meeting Stowe, Abraham Lincoln said; "So this is the little lady who made this big war". A product of it's time, the book is interesting also for it's illustration of stereotypes that even abolitionists could not recognise.
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