English Literature by M. Hecker, T. Volosova

By M. Hecker, T. Volosova

Essentially, it was once one significant college textbook on English literature within the Soviet Union, released in English and meant for colleges with English language specialism, that's for children of 13-16 age staff. this day, one can be stunned at how accomplished and primary Soviet excessive schooling was once, as evidenced by means of this overseas literature path — a simple yet beautiful insightful, if merely just a little ideologically touched (which doesn't suggest being untrue), and marvellously illustrated consultant into the English global of letters, given that Beowulf occasions on. between different issues, «English Literature» promises a great suggestion of what such linguistic phenomenon as 'Soviet English' used to be approximately.

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50) and densely researched (the author gave up his law practice to write it), Wallace’s epic story of Ben Hur – Prince of Judea, galley slave, chariot jockey, and, finally, Christian disciple – was slow to take off. But, boosted by Sunday-school commendation, sales had reached the million mark when in 1913, Harper’s sold a further one million copies, at one go, to the department store Sears, Roebuck – the biggest ever single order for a work of fiction. The spectacular film version of 1925, starring Ramon Novarro, led to another boom in Ben Hur’s sales, as did the Charlton Heston (Gore Vidal-scripted) 1959 movie.

Buck’s The Good Earth and John Steinbeck’s East of Eden superannuated bestsellers decades after they had first figured in the lists. Most amazingly, George Eliot’s Middlemarch was, for a month or two, the bestselling fiction paperback in the UK in spring 1994, on the strength, again, of a massively popular television dramatization by Andrew Davies. In the absence of such extraordinary circumstances, like the snows of yesteryear, once the bestseller’s brief season is gone, it is gone for good. For those of a curious disposition, this relates to one of the bestseller’s perennially fascinating aspects.

Are there cyclical patterns? Bestsellers In his study of the subject, Making the Lists, Michael Korda suggests that there are cyclical patterns in the American bestseller. Like the Laffer curve in economics, or boom/bust sequences in the housing market, the same kinds of book recur over time with meaningful regularity in the bestseller lists. The Korda thesis may be tested (and, arguably, confirmed) by reference to ‘religious bestsellers’ – novels that take on themselves the Miltonic task of explaining the ways of God to man.

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