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Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction  

John Sutherland

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2007
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776960
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199214891.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199214891
Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction shows that bestseller lists monitor one of the strongest pulses in modern literature and are therefore worthy of serious study. It lifts ... More
2. The modern scene

2. The modern scene  

John Sutherland

in Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2007
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776960
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199214891.003.0002
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780199214891
Why, when reading is so private an activity, should people want, so simultaneously, the one ‘book of the day’? ‘The modern scene’ evokes the history of bestsellerism in images such as ... More
4. Poetry at lastTroilus and Criseyde

4. Poetry at last: Troilus and Criseyde  

David Wallace

in Geoffrey Chaucer: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2019
Published Online: 
Aug 2019
eISBN: 
9780191821592
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198767718.003.0004
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chapter
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9780198767718
‘Poetry at last: Troilus and Criseyde’ describes the structure and content of Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde. Since London styled itself ‘Troynovant’ or ‘New Troy’, imagining itself founded ... More
5. The British Bestseller

5. The British Bestseller  

John Sutherland

in Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2007
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776960
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199214891.003.0005
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780199214891
‘The British bestseller’ highlights the influence of cultural and commercial differences between Britain and the USA. The bestseller ‘machine’ arrived with Walter Scott. The early twentieth ... More
6. Something to believe in

6. Something to believe in  

David Wallace

in Geoffrey Chaucer: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2019
Published Online: 
Aug 2019
eISBN: 
9780191821592
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198767718.003.0006
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780198767718
It is no simple matter to access Chaucer’s religion. We are separated from Chaucer not just by the Reformation, but by the Counter-Reformation too. The range of Christian belief expressed ... More

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