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Bestsellers (Routledge Revivals)
Popular Fiction of the 1970s

ISBN 9780415611299
Published August 7, 2011 by Routledge
282 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1981, this book offers a study of British and American popular fiction in the 1970s, a decade in which the quest for the superseller came to dominate the lives of publishers on both sides of the Atlantic. Illustrated by examples of the lurid incidents that catapult so many books into the bestseller charts, this comprehensive study covers the work of Robbins, Hailey and Maclean, the 'bodice rippers', the disaster craze, horror, war stories and media tie-ins such as The Godfather, Jaws and Star Wars.

Table of Contents

1. An American Kind of Book  2. The Bestseller Machine and its Diverse Products  3. The Godfather  4. The Novels of Arthur Hailey  5. Frighteners of the 1970s: Children of the Dark  6. Women's Fiction I: The Thorn Birds  7. Women's Fiction II: Liberation and Female Masochism - Erica Jong and the 'bodice rippers'  8. Star Wars  9. Alastair Maclean and James Clavell  10. Jaws  11. Harold Robbins: the roman à clef I  12.  the roman à clef II  13. Full Disclosure: Research and Insider Novels  14. Death Wish: From Stetson to Hard Hat  15. The 'New Western' and the Middle-Aged Reader  16. Images of War I: Secret Histories  17. Images of War II: The Nightmare that Wouldn't Die  18. Fashionable Crime I: Hijack  19. Fashionable Crime II: Embezzlement - the man with the Briefcase  20. QB VII and the Bestselling Novel after Auschwitz  21. Nightmare and Medicare: Coma  22. Documentary, Superdocumentary and Technology  23. Disaster  24. British Pessimism: the 'as if' Narratives.

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