The Alphabet Library is a new weekly column by bibliophile extraordinaire Tim Martin, who will compile, over the course of 26 weeks, an A to Z of “forgotten books”.
Very cool feature. I will be following this series with interest.
Harold Ramis died this week. Here he is on why he loved libraries.
At the same time, it’s important for modern audiences to know Solomon Northup’s memoir was a best-seller in his day, too. In fact, the publishers of 12 Years a Slave sold 10,000 copies within a month of its release in July 1853, and 30,000 copies in the first two years.
Wow. These sales numbers are doubly impressive when you consider that, adjusted for population, this would mean that 12 Years a Slave would sold the equivalent of 130,000 copies in 2014.
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