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Were there any books that became successful years after they were originally published ?

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  • 1 month ago

    The Bible has sold more copies each year than any other book for the last 500 years.

    Euclid's Principia Geometry is more successful now.  All the books written by George Orwell and Jules Verne.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    ASOIAF sold well at first but skyrocketed in sales after Game of Thrones started over a decade later

  • The Purple Cloud, published in 1901 by M. P. Shiel.  Now recognised as a masterpiece, though I bet very few of you have actually read it,

    *Anonymous' mentioned 1984. Orwell used that title by partly transposing 1948, which is when it was written.

  • ?
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Lord of the Rings.

    Published 1954, but it wasn't until the mid 1960s that it started to really sell in quantity.  

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  • 1 month ago

    "Cane" by Jean Toomer. It was published in 1923 but it didn't become popular until the 1960s. A breathtaking, lyrical masterpiece.

  • F
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The Bible?      

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes,  after the wildly popular success of Dan Browns   "Da Vinci Code" 

    there was renewed interest in  "Holy Blood , Holy Grail",  when the author sued Brown, for blatant copyright infringement and Plagiarism.

    Michael Baigent, claimed Brown lifted the entire story from his book,  published 20 years earlier. 

    Brown denied it,  claiming he had never HEARD of the book,  and even if he had,  it was NOT stolen from his book. 

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm.......unfortunately, the judge ruled in Brown's favor......and it wasn't until after the trial was over.......that someone made an astounding connection. 

    Brown's  Holy Grail scholar,   was in fact named  TEABING.  (a rather strange name) 

    In a book all about anagrams and puzzles.........hmmmmmmmm.........

    Geeeeee, what's an anagram of TEABING? 

    well, looky looky.........it's actually  BAIGENT. 

    The actual REAL  grail scholar, who spent YEARS researching his scholarly book about the grail and the Templars and the bloodline and all that---and PROVING Brown didn't just pull  TEABING out of thin air, and was clearly aware of the previous book. 

    Whoopsies!!!!! Busted. 

    In the end, many bookstores ended up selling both books , side by side,  and Baigent at least saw a bump in sales,  thanks to all the renewed interest. 

    Brown totally and clearly ripped him off though. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    1984, Animal Farm, A Clockwork Orange,Catcher in the Rye, The Invisible Man, Black like Me.

  • Marli
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    "A Study in Scarlet" and "The Sign of Four" were slow starters for Arthur Conan Doyle. They did not flop, since Lippincott's Magazine in the US had commissioned a Sherlock Holmes novel (The Sign of Four), having liked A Study in Scarlet. But Sherlock Holmes did not become a famous character until "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes " was serialized in The Strand Magazine. That rejuvenated sales of the two novels.

  • The bible has been rocking the presses since Gutenberg

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