By nava | On January 8, 2015 | Comments (0)
The first American author whose book could claim the distinction of “international best seller” was Harriet Beecher Stowe. Not the first female author, mind you, but the first author ever. After the publication of Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1852, no book sold faster out of the gate; 1.5 million copies were sold worldwide by the end of its first year, and in the entire nineteenth century, only the Bible sold more copies. The book not only helped change the course of history, but changed the business of publishing as it was known.