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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.
Sienkiewicz received the 1905 Nobel Price in Literature for his "outstanding merits as an epic writer".
The novel follows the developing love between a Christian woman and a Roman Patrician in the time of Nero.
The romantic story arc is set against the conflict of the moral systems of the long established Roman Empire and the developing Christianity.
Sienkiewicz uses this setting to explore morality and power, and his observations remain relevant today.
The novel is based on extensive historical research and gives a good view of life in those times.
Tom Grogan is a stevedore on the 1890s New York City docks.
Tom dies unexpectedly and his wife Mary decides to carry on his business by taking Toms place.
It is not easy to maintain the fiction that she is Tom Grogan,
nor to keep the business afloat in the face of many challenges.
Southworth considered Ishmael to be her best work.
It's inspirations to wisdom and goodness were drawn from the real life examples of the heroes and statesmen of the American Revolution.
The novel tells the story of Ishmael, born into poverty and virtuously climbing to success.
Good and evil. Everybody has both these aspects within them thinks Dr. Jekyll who sets about creating a potion that turns him increasingly into evil. Adopting the evil persona of Edward Hyde, he indulges in a double life until it finally takes its toll ... Robert Louis Stevenson horrifies through the ages. Great reading.
Tarkington was a widely read and prolific multiple Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and dramatist.
The story uses a tale of two families following different trajectories but linked by romance to provide a glimpse of the changes induced by industrialization and urbanization.
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