U.S. Mainstream Rediscovers Quality Literature

George Orwell’s “1984”, Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World”, and “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis have all cracked Amazon’s 100 top sellers list this week.

Imagine that.

Uneasy About the Future, Readers Turn to Dystopian Classics

New York Times

“The Handmaid’s Tale” is among several classic dystopian novels that seem to be resonating with readers at a moment of heightened anxiety about the state of American democracy. Sales have also risen drastically for George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” and “1984,” which shot to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list this week.

Other novels that today’s readers may not have picked up since high school but have landed on the list this week are Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel, “Brave New World,” a futuristic dystopian story set in England in 2540; and Sinclair Lewis’s 1935 novel “It Can’t Happen Here,” a satire about a bellicose presidential candidate who runs on a populist platform in the United States but turns out to be a fascist demagogue. On Friday, “It Can’t Happen Here” was No. 9 on Amazon; “Brave New World” was No. 15.

The sudden boom in popularity for classic dystopian novels, which began to pick up just after the election, seems to reflect an organic response from readers who are wary of authoritarian overtones…

According to an Associated Press report, George Orwell’s “1984” was one of Amazon’s top-selling books on Tuesday January 24, 2017.


According to the report, “1984” first appeared on the online retailer’s top sellers list on Monday afternoon (1.23.2017). By Tuesday (1.24.2017) afternoon, it had risen to No. 1. The list is updated every hour based on latest sales.


CNN is reporting Penguin, a book publisher with rights to Orwell’s “1984” has pushed through an order for 75,000 copies this week – notably larger than their average reprint.


Orwell’s novel tells a dystopian tale of a people ruled by an overbearing government fraught with surveillance, “doublethink” and public manipulation…


CNN also reports “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley and “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis – which follow similar themes of “1984” – also cracked Amazon’s top 100 top sellers list this week.