Re: RARA-AVIS: Mickey Spillane

From: Allan Guthrie (
Date: 27 Oct 2007

Indeed. According to Hackett and Burke's "Eighty Years Of Best Sellers", a list which combines hardcover and paperback sales in the US from 1895 thru 1973, "I, The Jury" registered 6,096,700 sales, which places it slightly ahead of "The Great Gatsby" and "Catcher In The Rye" but well behind the likes of "Love Story," "Valley Of The Dolls," and "Jaws" (all over 9,000,000).

What's perhaps more remarkable than the big sales of "I, The Jury" is that fact that seven of Spillane's novels are listed as selling over 5,000, 000 copies.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Robison" <> To: <>
> His I, The Jury became a world record bestselling
> novel. I just mentioned that a few days ago but I
> figure it's worth repeating. So whether we like him
> or not, his writing stands as a major American
> phenomenon. It is possible that his work will lose
> its original appeal and become nothing more than
> period pieces. Nevertheless, in the time that he
> wrote, he struck a powerful chord with his audience.

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