Books: Best Sellers

Edward Weeks of The Atlantic Monthly fortnight ago finished compiling for the Institute of Arts & Sciences a list of the books U. S. readers have liked best in the last 60 years. Easy winner, with no second, is Rev. Charles Monroe Sheldon's In His Steps, a Utopian fantasy of what the world might be like if people lived literally according to Christ's teachings (TIME, Oct. 9). Published in 1899, it has sold 8,000,000* copies, four times as many as its nearest competitor. Because of a flaw in the copyright, Author Sheldon received no royalties from his book. Compiler Weeks lists...

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