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The German Bestseller in the 20th Century

A complete Bibliography and Analysis 1915-1940


Judith Richards

Professor Richards offers a complete bibliography and analysis of the German best-selling novel on the basis of official listings, which covers all German novels in two tables. Table A gives the major bestsellers according to total numbers from above 500'000 down to those above 50'000, with the years in which the last peak was reached. Table B lists the authors and shows the growth of their success for each of their books in five-year periods. It is first possible now to discover which books were read widely and how they succeeded over the period under consideration. The study should be invaluable for historians and sociologists, bibliographers, librarians and anyone interested in books and their success.