Saturday, March 05, 2005


Hmm. Not Enough Word of Mouth Sales?

One of the more curious tidbits in this Christian Science Monitor review of Joakim Garff's new biography of Kierkegaard is just how few people were actually buying his books: "Garff examines Kierkegaard's finances and paltry sales figures. It's astounding what a name for himself he made while selling fewer than 300 copies of each book."

It would instructive to figure out which well-known intellectual figure has the smallest actual book sales, versus the largest book sales of a now-unknown figure from the same period.

I can already see historians a century from now: "Who is this Dave Pelzer?...."

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