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Author Sutherland, John, 1938-

Title Bestsellers : a very short introduction / John Sutherland.

Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  813.009 SUTH    AVAILABLE
Physical description [xiv] pages, 127 pages, 3 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Series Very short introductions ; 170.
Very short introductions ; 170.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 114-116) and index.
Contents 1. Definitions -- 2. The modern scene -- 3. Fields and lists -- 4. The American bestseller -- 5. The British bestseller -- 6. The future of the bestseller: is there one?
Summary "This Very Short Introduction takes a look through 'bestseller lists' since their arrival on the scene in the 1980s, to show that these lists monitor one of the strongest pulses in modern literary fiction and are therefore worthy of serious study. Examining how these books reflect the fashions and ideologies of the day, it asks what separates bestsellers from canonical fiction, lifts the lid on the bestseller industry, and includes lively summaries of bestsellers through the years, from Huckleberry Finn to The Da Vinci Code, via many long-forgotten, but once bestselling, titles."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject American fiction -- History and criticism.
English fiction -- History and criticism.
Popular literature -- United States -- History and criticism.
Popular literature -- Great Britain -- History and criticism.
Best sellers -- United States -- History.
Best sellers -- Great Britain -- History.
ISBN 9780199214891 (paperback)
0199214891 (paperback)