C. Bloom's Bestsellers: Popular Fiction Since 1900 PDF

By C. Bloom

ISBN-10: 0333687426

ISBN-13: 9780333687420

What fiction have British humans been analyzing within the final hundred years? who're the most well-liked authors, the preferred books and crucial genres? Such straight forward questions increase fascinating literary, cultural, social and highbrow responses which regularly require a lot detective paintings within the annals of misplaced literature. This crucial advisor and reference paintings is the one to be had research of the entire bestselling books, authors and genres because the starting of the twentieth-century, delivering an certain perception into over 100 years of publishing and interpreting in addition to taking us on a trip into the guts of the British mind's eye.

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A bestseller can never be clearly predicted (and is therefore a type of necessary but reassuring ‘sport’ of popular literary production). The vast mass of failures tell us much about popular tastes and perceptions, but cannot be charted in the same way as the bestseller. Because of their relative ephemerality (in terms of sales), best-selling authors are always faced with the possibility of falling back into the morass of unsuccessful popular fiction: imitative of their own work and therefore of the successful authors they once were.

Wodehouse (and even Agatha Christie) remain alive because they are essentially pastiche and therefore contemporary even if the pastiche is sometimes unconscious. On the other hand a writer may be unlucky and lose a popular readership only to gain a cult or antiquarian one in the glow of imperial nostalgia. Thus the aficionado cannot resist: I had closed the window to exclude the yellow mist, but subconsciously I was aware of its encircling presence, walling me in, and now I found myself in such a silence as I had known in deserts but could scarce have deemed possible in fog-bound London, in the heart of the world’s metropolis.

Its tendency moves towards the minimalism of belle lettres, the essay or the bon mot turning it into an anecdote for masonic recognition amongst an elite group, whose gaze is marked by a type of refusal of historical movement. The great popular work opens out into a need for translation into other media – a symbiosis immediately recognised by dramatists and filmmakers in search of a narrative correlative to their visual dreams. Art fiction highlights its style, delights in it and makes of style a fetish.

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