Books made their authors millionaires
Many writers dream of a book that will not only make the author of well-known, but also bring him a very substantial fee. Some do succeed. Their books are published in millions of copies, product adaptations, producing souvenirs with the characters and, accordingly, all this brings writers very decent income. In our selection of books by authors who have become millionaires thanks to their creativity.
A series of books about Harry Potter, JK Rowling
The author of books about Harry Potter knows what unemployment, poverty and unrequited love. But the first book about the boy wizard by JK Rowling has made famous. Today it is one of the richest women in the world. She spends a truly fabulous sums to charity and never forgets about the time when desperately needed. Her books are published in many countries, and their total circulation has already exceeded 500 million copies. At present the state of the writer is estimated at $ 13 billion.
"Lord of the Rings", JRR Tolkien
The work of the author on the novel lasted almost 12 years, and after the completion of the "Lord of the Rings", Tolkien began to create a map of the Mediterranean and to conduct endless disputes with publishers about sharing a common text. For the author, it was one big piece, but, according to publishers, one could not put his book. That is why there was a trilogy. Only in 1954, five years after the writing of "The Lord of the Rings" was released. But the real success of the author came a little later, when the "Lord of the Rings" published in the United States. Especially popular trilogy was among representatives of youth who are in work reflected his own view of the world. Epic novel translated into nearly 40 languages and today issued more than 150 million copies of the work.
"A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens was famous long before wrote "A Tale of Two Cities", dedicated to the French Revolution. However, it is considered a major work among the English-speaking books, it is called the best-selling of all time. The demand for this book by Charles Dickens is not reduced for already 160 years, and sales are growing steadily. Since 1859 it published more than 200 million copies, and in the UK "A Tale of Two Cities" is considered the best and most popular works of Dickens.
"Fifty Shades of Gray" by EL James
This novel since its release has earned the most mixed reviews from both critics and from readers. Despite much criticism, negative comments and derogatory remarks novel Erika Leonard (real name E. L. James) continues to top the best-selling books. Just a few years editions in different countries has topped 150 million copies. Of course, the writer earnings are calculated sums with six zeros.
"The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
This naive philosophical tale has long loved by not only children but also adults. One finds in it answers to many questions, and learn to see the world through the eyes of a boy wonder. Official statistics say the sale of more than 140 million copies of the book "The Little Prince", but some researchers put the number a half times more.
"Ten Little Indians" by Agatha Christie
If you carefully consider all the published books by Agatha Christie, you can see that their total circulation has long exceeded one billion copies. But the most popular work of the detectives of the author, of course, "Ten Little Indians", which has a circulation exceeded 100 million. However, in recent years the detective goes under a different name, "And Then There Were None". This is due to issues of political correctness, but exactly how many such books already published, is still unknown.
"Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell
The only novel by Margaret Mitchell in just six months has sold in excess of one million copies. According to official figures, about 30 million copies have been sold since 1936. In fact, to make an accurate calculation is not possible, as in Japan and China, the copyright is not respected in these countries as the book came out in the unauthorized transfer and published without the consent and, accordingly, no writer deductions.
"The Da Vinci Code", Dan Brown
In just three years, starting from the date of Dan Brown's book publication, "The Da Vinci Code" together with four other works of the author were able to improve the welfare of the writer to $ 260 million. Despite the scandal of the work, the author's allegations of defamation, protests and criticisms, the total number of books sold has exceeded 80 million.
"The Catcher in the Rye" by Jerome Salinger
Roman Jerome Salinger in the United States banned for 20 years, accused of brutality, was considered a bad example for young people and promotion of drunkenness and debauchery. However, the book was translated into many languages and sold a total circulation of 65 million copies.
"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," CS Lewis
The novel, which opens "The Chronicles of Narnia" series, was released in 1950 and almost immediately took CS Lewis famous and rich. Since that time, 85 million copies have been sold, but it is not the limit. According to Time magazine, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" is a 100 of the most popular works in the English language.