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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.
The story of Hans and his sister's participation in a skating competition is interwoven with their class reading of
_The Hero of Haarlem_ (the boy who saved his country by plugging a dike with his finger).
Somehow poplular myth has transferred Han's name to the dike boy.
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.
Whitney was an opponent of women's suffrage, although in keeping with her philosophy she took no part in public life.
Her message of then merely conservative values meant that her books sold very well to the parents of girls.
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