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The Triumph of the Thriller…and other Scary Lit

A decade ago, The New York Times published the first chapter of Patrick Anderson’s book, The Triumph of the Thriller, which charted the change in American reading habits (as judged by bestseller lists) over the previous forty years.  Wrote Anderson: “The more I read, the more I was struck by the transformation in America’s reading habits. I grew up with the blockbuster novels of the 1950s and 1960s, written by people like James Michener, Harold Robbins, John O’Hara, Jacqueline Susann, Herman Wouk, and Irving Stone. They explored sex, money, movie stars, war, religion, and exotic foreign lands but rarely concerned themselves
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