Books: Sophomore Slump

WINTER'S TALE

by Mark Helprin

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; 673 pages;

$14.95

Even before publication, the word on Winter's Tale was astonishment. In an eight-day auction, nine publishers bid for the manuscript; Harcourt Brace Jovanovich acquired the rights for $250,000 plus a $100,000 promotional budget, plus a $100,000 option on Author Mark Helprin's next novel. In a time of recession in the publishing industry, the purchase seemed profligate. But it has already begun to pay off. A first printing of 50,000 has disappeared rapidly, and the book has already made the bestseller list. Yet all...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!