The other day I told you about a website where you can look up the #1 NYT bestseller from your birthday. Mine was THE SOURCE by James Michener, my mother’s FOREVER AMBER by Kathleen Winsor. I ordered the latter from Amazon.com. It arrived in today’s mail — all 972 pages of it. If you think this sounds long, it’s apparently nothing compared to the original draft submitted to the editor which was 5 times longer. Five times!!
FOREVER AMBER was published in 1944 and sold 100,000 copies in the first week. It outsold almost every other book of the 1940’s. Some claim it was the first real “bodice-ripper.” Its many blatant sexual references got it banned in Boston and condemned by the Catholic Church (both of which fueled sales to make it a best-seller), though the author claimed she did not intend this, nor did she find her work in any way overtly sexual. I’m lovin’ her.
The edition that arrived in today’s mail has a foreword by Barbara Taylor Bradford — whom my mother, in the weeks before she died, listed as her favorite author.
Funny how books come to you.