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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.
This charming story details the lives and loves of four sisters growing up during the American Civil War. It was based on Alcott's own experiences as a child in Concord, Massachusetts. In response to reader demand Alcott wrote the sequel 'Good Wives'. Enthusiasm for the book has not dimmed since it was written; the book has been adapted to theatre, opera, and Anime.
The novel tells the story of a young boy 'Dick' and his climb to success.
Dick has a low start in life growing up on the streets of post civil war New York City
but he is honest and hardworking and his loyalty and persistence pay off.
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.
"A delightful love story of English Life -- a love story conducted along lines that are refreshingly novel. The story is told with a charm of style that will captivate the reader." -- Publishers Weekly 1909
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.
A utopian novel. Julian West falls into an hypnotic trance near the end of the 19th Century and awakens more than 100 years later
(right around now) to find America transformed into a socialist utopia. Bellamy uses the conceit to explore his ideas of how to improve society.
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