Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Best Sellers of 1862

Best Selling Books of 1862
As listed by Victorian Web

  • The Doctor's Family by Margaret Oliphant
  • The Last of the Mortimers by Margaret Oliphant
  • Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley
  • Held in Bondage by Ouida
  • Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • A Strange Story by Bulwer-Lytton
  • The Lord Mayor of London by Harrison Ainsworth
  • Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  • No Name by Wilkie Collins

Victorian Web does not give the source for the best sellers lists it has put up. The reader will note that there is not a single American author on the list for 1862. This could be explained, perhaps, by the fact that the Civil War was raging in the US that year. Or does the word Victorian mean that only English authors and their books were considered for the list? I'm guessing this is the case, as there is no mention of Edith Wharton, W. D. Howells, or Henry James for any of the years (the lists range from 1862 to 1901).

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