Due to recent system upgrades, "My Reading History" in the Classic Catalog and "Recently Returned" titles from My MCL may take a few days to become available.


A Very Short Introduction
Sutherland, John (Book - 2007)
 Add a Comment  Add Tags


Series that include this title

Item Details

I rejoice', said Doctor Johnson, 'to concur with the Common Reader.' For the last century, the tastes and preferences of the common reader have been reflected in the American and British bestseller lists, and this Very Short Introduction takes an engaging look through the lists to reveal what we have been reading - and why. John Sutherland shows that bestseller lists monitor one of the strongest pulses in modern literature and are therefore worthy of serious study. Along the way, helifts the lid on the bestseller industry, examines what makes a book into a bestseller, and asks what separates bestsellers from canonical fiction. Exploring the relationship between bestsellers and the fashions, ideologies, and cultural concerns of the day, the book includes short case-studies and lively summaries of bestsellers through the years: from iIn His Steps/i - now almost totally forgotten, but the biggest all-time bestseller between 1895 and 1945, to iGone with the Wind/i and iThe Andromeda Strain/i, and iThe Da Vinci Code/i.
Authors: Sutherland, John, 1938-
Title: Bestsellers
a very short introduction
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
Characteristics: 127 p. :,ill. ;,18 cm
Statement of Responsibility: John Sutherland
Contents: Definitions
The modern scene
Fields and lists
The American bestseller
The British bestseller
The future of the bestseller : is there one?
ISBN: 0199214891
Branch Call Number: 813.009 S966b 2007
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 114-116) and index
Subject Headings: Best sellers Great Britain History Best sellers United States History Popular literature Great Britain History and criticism Popular literature United States History and criticism English fiction History and criticism American fiction History and criticism
Topical Term: Best sellers
Best sellers
Popular literature
Popular literature
English fiction
American fiction
LCCN: 2007030686
MARC Display»


From Library Staff

Sutherland lifts the lid on the 'bestseller industry', and examines what makes a book into a bestseller. Includes lively summaries of bestsellers.

Community Activity


Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.


Add a Video

There are no videos for this title yet.

No similar edition of this title was found at MCL.

Try searching for Bestsellers to see if MCL owns related versions of the work.


Powered by BiblioCommons.
app05 Version draggan_fix Last updated 2014/11/20 11:49