Saturday, October 01, 2005


(Not) The Latest Bestsellers

Today's Times of London includes a feature that I wish more book sections had: a glimpse at one of their old bestseller lists. I've been curious about these ever since reading Frank Mott's classic 1947 study Golden Multitudes: The Story of Bestsellers in the United States. (There's also a wonderful modern update in Anthony Lane's collection Nobody's Perfect.)

Today's vintage bestseller list in the Times is from October 3, 1976, with the added bonus of snarky modern comments. On The Diaries of Evelyn Waugh: "He may be the funniest English novelist yet, but he’s still got a girl’s name."

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