Bestsellers : popular fiction since 1900 / Clive Bloom

Author(s): Bloom, Clive
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Subjects: English fiction--20th century--History and criticism
Popular literature--Great Britain--History and criticism
Books and reading--Great Britain--History--20th century
Best sellers--Great Britain--Bibliography
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2002
LC Classification: P, PR
Physical Description: xiii, 292 p. ; 23 cm
Table of Contents: Preface
Acknowledgements
1. Origins, Problems and Philosophy of the Bestseller 1
2. How the British Read 29
Literacy 29
Reading and the Influences of Cinema, Television and Radio 35
The Library System 42
Librarians, Sales and the Female Reader 50
Publishers 55
The Paperback 61
Censorship 70
Contemporary Publishing 74
3. Genre: History and Form 85
4. Best-selling Authors Since 1900 107
An Age Passes, an Age Begins: 1900 to 1918 110
Florence L. Barclay 110
Arnold Bennett 111
John Buchan 112
Edgar Rice Burroughs 113
Hall Caine 114
Marie Corelli 116
Arthur Conan Doyle 117
Charles Garvice 118
Elinor Glyn 119
Nat Gould 120
Robert Hichens 122
William Le Queux 124
W. J. Locke 124
A. E. W. Mason 125
E. Phillips Oppenheim 126
Baroness Orczy 127
Sax Rohmer 128
Effie A. Rowlands 128
Berta Ruck 129
Edgar Wallace 130
Dolf Wyllarde (Dorothy Lowndes) 131
The Interwar Years: 1919 to the Early 1930s 132
Agatha Christie 132
Warwick Deeping 133
Ethel M. Dell and Ruby M. Ayres 134
Jeffrey Farnol 135
Sidney Horler 136
E. M. Hull 137
A. S. M. Hutchinson 137
J. B. Priestley 138
W. Riley 139
Rafael Sabatini 140
Sapper (Herman Cyril McNeile) 140
Mary Webb 141
P. G. Wodehouse 142
P. C. Wren 143
World War Two to Suez: The Late 1930s to 1956 144
James Hadley Chase 144
Peter Cheyney 144
John Creasey 145
A. J. Cronin 146
Lloyd Douglas 146
Daphne du Maurier 147
C. S. Forester 149
Stephen Francis (Hank Janson) 150
Erle Stanely Gardner 151
William Golding 151
Georgette Heyer 152
James Hilton 153
Hammond Innes 154
W. Somerset Maugham 155
Margaret Mitchell 156
Nicholas Monsarrat 156
George Orwell 157
Mary Renault (Mary Challans) 158
Nevil Shute 158
Mickey Spillane 159
J. R. R. Tolkien 160
Dennis Wheatley 162
The Paperback Years: 1957 to 1974 164
H. E. Bates 164
Sheila Burnford 164
Arthur C. Clarke 165
James Clavell 166
Jackie Collins 166
Len Deighton 167
Dorothy Eden 168
J. T. Edson 168
Ian Fleming 169
Frederick Forsyth 170
Winston Graham 171
Arthur Hailey 171
Joseph Heller 172
Victoria Holt/Jean Plaidy (Eleanor Burford Hibbert) 172
Susan Howatch 173
Ken Kesey 173
Louis L'Amour 174
D. H. Lawrence 174
Norah Lofts 175
Alistair MacLean 176
Ed McBain (Evan Hunter) 176
Grace Metalious 177
James Michener 178
Michael Moorcock 178
Andrea Newman 179
Harold Robbins 179
Bernice Rubens 180
Wilbur Smith 181
Jacqueline Susann 182
Morris West 183
Joseph Wambaugh 183
Herman Wouk 184
John Wyndham 184
The Last Decades: 1975 to 1999 186
Douglas Adams 186
Richard Adams 186
Ted Allbeury 187
Virginia Andrews 188
Jeffrey Archer 188
Jean M. Auel 189
Desmond Bagley 189
Iain M. Banks 190
Maeve Binchy 191
Barbara Taylor Bradford 192
Barbara Cartland 193
Tom Clancy 194
Shirley Conran 195
Catherine Cookson 196
Jilly Cooper 198
Bernard Cornwell 198
Patricia Cornwell 199
Michael Crichton 200
Clive Cussler 200
Colin Dexter 202
Nicholas Evans 203
Colin Forbes 204
Dick Francis 204
George MacDonald Fraser 205
Alexander Fullerton 206
Alex Garland 206
John Grisham 207
Thomas Harris 208
Sarah Harrison 208
James Herbert 209
Jack Higgins (Harry Patterson) 210
Peter Hoeg 210
Sheila Holland (Charlotte Lamb) 211
Nick Hornby 212
P. D. James 212
Penny Jordan 213
M. M. Kaye 214
Leo Kessler 214
Stephen King 215
Judith Krantz 216
John le Carre 217
Robert Ludlum 218
Colleen McCullough 219
Patrick O'Brian 219
Edith Pargeter (Ellis Peters) 220
Rosamunde Pilcher 221
Dudley Pope 221
Terry Pratchett 222
Claire Rayner 223
Douglas Reeman/Alexander Kent 223
Ruth Rendell 224
J. K. Rowling 225
Salman Rushdie 226
Dora Saint (Miss Read) 227
Tom Sharpe 228
Sarah Shears 229
Sidney Sheldon 229
Danielle Steel 230
Jessica Stirling (Peggy Coughlan and Hugh C. Rae) 231
Craig Thomas 231
Sue Townsend 232
Joanna Trollope 232
Alice Walker 233
Irvine Welsh 233
Mary Wesley 234
Phyllis A. Whitney 235
App. 1. Number of individuals out of every 1000 who could not sign their name on a marriage register: 1896-1907 236
App. 2. Extract from Beatrice Harraden, 'What Our Soldiers Read', Cornhill Magazine, vol. XLI (Nov. 1916) 237
App. 3. Booksellers from whose returns the Bookseller compiled its bestseller list during the 1930s and 1940s under the title 'What the Other Fellow is Selling' 239
App. 4. From the Mass Observation Archive (ref. FR 2537): 'Reading in Tottenham, November 1947' 240
App. 5. From Mills and Boon, 'A FINE ROMANCE ... is hard to find' 244
App. 6. British Library loans 1987-8, showing the top 100 authors as recorded by the Bookseller (13 July 1990) 245
App. 7. Comparative library loans between 1988 and 1998 by genre (source: Public Lending Right, 1999) 247
App. 8. Waterstone's and Channel 4's survey to discover the greatest books of the twentieth century (1996) 248
App. 9. Which companies owned what imprints at the end of the twentieth century (source: Key Note, 1999) 250
App. 10. Helena Blakemore, 'Gender Bias in Publishing and Reviewing' 252
App. 11. From the Bookseller (Web page: 20 Dec. 1999) 254
App. 12. Comparative paperback bestseller lists showing relative change over the last decade of the twentieth century (source: Writers' and Artists' Yearbook, 2001) 257
App. 13. World Book Day 2000 Poll to find Britain's favourite writers 258
Notes 259
Bibliography 264
Name Index 271
Subject Index 276
Title Index 281
Notes: LCCN: 2002020886
ISBN: 0333687426 (alk. paper)
ISBN: 0333687434 (pbk.)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 264-270) and indexes
OCLC Number: 49225573
ISBN/ISSN: 0333687426
0333687434