Several months ago, we put together a list of the best-selling books of all time. What about the best-selling authors?
Many disclaimers are still required. This list focuses on the question of what counts as "author". Both Stephen King and J.K. Rowling wrote under pseudonyms (Richard Bachman and Robert Galbraith respectively) and both were outed. Although it seems reasonable to include books written under these pseudonyms in the total number of their respective authors, some situations are not so clear and dry. The 18th-Century Work A general history of the Pyrenees (an important source of information about the Golden Age of Piracy) is attributed, for example, to a Captain Charles Johnson. However, since historians never found evidence of a Captain Charles Johnson, a scholar decided in 1
Historians also increasingly theorize that Shakespeare was not the sole author of many of his plays – according to The New Oxford Shakespeare : "His last three plays were all written together with [John] Fletcher, who apparently has more survivors Has written text as Shakespeare. "How then should we deal with Shakespeare? Should his works be split? Or should an asterisk be in the file? These questions can penetrate into a surprisingly deep philosophical area.
With these reservations out of the way – and the further proviso that this list contains no religious works, and with few exceptions is kept away from authors who have appeared on the bestselling book list; It's also not exhaustive, exhaustive or a "Top Ten" list – here are some of the best-selling authors of all time.
Mao Zedong // Immeasurable Billions
Mao Zedong appears on our bestseller list for quotes from Chairman Mao Zedong but he would probably still be on the list without quotes . Sociologist Zhengyuan Fu said, "The scale of production and consumption of Mao's icons and symbols is unprecedented in human history. In the ten years from March 1966 to August 1976 there were 1,820 … state printing houses that printed 6.5 billion copies . Quotes from Chairman Mao (The Little Red Book), 840 Million Sentences Selection of Mao Zedong's Works (3.36 Billion Volumes), 400 Million Volumes of Mao's Poems and 2 , 2 billion sheets of Mao's standard photo portraits, available in five standard sizes. "As always when dealing with such numbers, some sources are smaller, but the sum is definitely immense.
Agatha Christie // Estimated 2 Billion Sold Books
According to Guinness World Records, Agatha Christie has the title of "Worlds Best Selling Fiction Writer" with an estimated turnover of over 2 billion Euros. UNESCO lists Christie as the most translated author in history.
Barbara Cartland // Possibly more than 600 million
The novelist Barbara Cartland shows the inherent difference between bestselling authors and bestselling books. The sources vary, but it is generally acknowledged that they wrote around 723 books (over 600 of which were novels) with estimates of their total sales in the range of 600 million to a billion books. A subdivision shows that each book may have been sold only a million copies, but its sheer output – which is said to have sometimes written 20 books a year – makes it a bestselling author.
Corín Tellado // Possibly around 400 million
After their obituary in The Guardian some mistakenly believe that Corín Tellado was more of a publisher than a person. Similar to Barbara Cartland, Tellado wrote romantic novels, but much more – according to estimates, her total number of books ranges from 4,000 to 5,000 over a 63-year period; She is considered the best-selling author in the history of the Spanish language and is in no way inferior to Miguel de Cervantes in terms of readership. As an example of the number of books she could produce, she worked part of her career during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, as the authorities heavily censored and returned their books. The London Times reports: "In a few months, up to four of their novellas could be rejected by the regime's censors."
Dr. Seuss // Somewhere between 100 and 650 million
In 2001, Publishers Weekly conducted a survey to determine the best-selling children's books. Theodor "Dr. Seuss" hostage would be added to the list with only 4 with Green Eggs and Ham to 8 million, but he had six of the top 20. Today The Washington Post ] says that Dr. Seuss has sold 650 million copies in 95 countries, with Green Eggs and Ham still being the leader with 17.5 million copies sold.
Charles Schulz // Unknown, though at least 300 million
newspapers create a fundamental problem for lists like these. If someone writes an article daily for a newspaper and the newspaper has a circulation of one million, it all adds up quickly. Although few people buy a paper for a writer, Charles Schulz is special. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal of 1999 (19459004) (19459005), his books alone sold 300 million copies. But it's the comic strip, Peanuts that really shines. At one point it had 355 million readers, appeared in some 2600 newspapers in 75 countries, and according to the Washington Post (19459004), Schulz drew "every frame of his strip seven days a week from its introduction in October 1950" until spring 2000 Robert Thompson of the Center for the Study of Popular Television at the University of Syracuse proclaimed Peanuts was "arguably the longest story a single artist tells in human history."
Eiichiro Oda // 450 million
Eiichiro Oda is the mangaka (manga creator) behind One Piece, who has reportedly sold 450 million copies worldwide since 1997 – even though only 70 million of them were outside Japan It was awarded Guinness World Records as the "most widely published copy of the same comic series by a single author."
James Patterson // Sch An estimated 300 million
Patterson is widely regarded as the best-selling copy author in the world today and since 2001. He is also the first author to have sold 1 million e-books, and is widely considered the author with the most bestsellers of all New York Times] Horatio Alger // claims of up to 200 million
Horatio Alger was a master of the 19th-century dime novel that featured in his books stories of boys in the rapidly urbanizing United States even include a presidential biography in his unbelievably successful formula – Abraham Lincoln, the young Backwoods boy, or How a young Rail Splitter became president. Leo Tolstoy 19659006] Statistics are as always difficult to obtain for older writers, and Tolstoy has this problem in spades. The general claim on the Internet that he sold more than 400 million copies is based on a single throw-away line in a 1987 New York Times article on Pushkin. Why does he earn his place on the list with so little evidence? For one, he has definitely sold many books, even though not everyone who claims to have read them is telling the truth; In a BBC poll of 2016, it turned out that Tolstoy had two of the five most lyrical books ( War and Peace in 4th place and Anna Karenina in 5th place).
In addition, Tolstoy's works have become surprise hits in the 21st century. In 2004, Oprah Winfrey & # 39; s Book Club selected Anna Karenina . The New York Times reported that the publisher was usually fortunate enough to sell 20,000 copies a year, but increased its print run to 800,000 to prepare for the election. In 2016 War and Peace made it into the Top 50 of the British seller for the first time thanks to a BBC adaptation. Regardless of the accuracy of the 400 million figure, Tolstoy has a surprisingly good 21st century behind it.