Myth-Making in Popular Fiction

Myth-Making in Popular Fiction

Attempting to form generalizations about so broad a topic as "best-selling fiction" is tricky business. However, the mass appeal of many such works seems to come from the combination of mythic characters and realistic, historically identifiable settings.

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  • Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriett Beecher Stowe
  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Shane, Jack Schaefer
  • Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier
  • Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout