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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.
Lewis "Lew" Wallace was a lawyer, governor, Union general in the American Civil War, and American statesman.
He is best remembered for Ben-Hur, an historical fiction set amongst the characters of the New Testament.
It was America's best selling novel for nearly sixty years after it's publication.
Follow the wikipedia link to see a great photo of the author.
A fictionalised 'autobiography' of the true story of a dog named 'Beautiful Joe'.
Joe's abusive original owner savagely mistreated him.
The book became very popular and greatly contributed to the worldwide awareness of animal cruelty.
In his day E. P. Roe was a bigger seller than Mark Twain.
A story of the Chicago fire.
"We accord a hearty commendation to this work. The narrative is vigorous, often intense, but rarely if ever melodramatic.
Its language is usually no less chaste than forcible and impressive.
It betrays a power of invention and description which is not met with every day in the best of writers of popular fiction."
-- Dr. Ripley, in the New York Tribune (contemporary review)
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