Literature Potpourri: Bestsellers of the '80s

Bookstores abounded with hot titles in the 1980s, and it was a particularly lucrative time for the likes of Danielle Steel, Stephen King, and Robert Ludlum. The Naval Institute Press published its first work of fiction, The Hunt for Red October, making Tom Clancy a household name and a very rich man. Lake Wobegon Days brought the idyllic world of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion to readers. On the other hand, Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses led the Ayatollah Khomeini to issue a fatwa against him that continues today. Test your knowledge of '80s blockbuster novels… While you’re at it, you might add a few titles to your “Books to Read” list.

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In John Irving’s Hotel New Hampshire (1981), the narrator, John, has an incestuous relationship with his sister Lilly.
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The title of Frederick Forsyth’s The Fourth Protocol (1984) refers to instructions that the protagonist receives from Miss Manners.
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Sidney Sheldon’s Master of the Game (1982) was published three years before it made its way onto the New York Times Best Sellers list.
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The Sicilian (1985) was the only Mario Puzo novel to be published during the 1980s.
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James Clavell’s Noble House (1981) was adapted as a movie starring Harrison Ford.
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In Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose (1983), the sleuth is a Franciscan friar.
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When Louis L’Amour died in 1988, his only novel still in print was the 1986 best-seller, Last of the Breed.
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The Queen of the Damned (1988) is part of Anne Rice’s series The Vampire Chronicles.
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In Ken Follett’s The Key to Rebecca (1980), the spy catcher is trying to discover a code within the Daphne du Maurier novel Rebecca.
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In the 1980s, James Michener published novels about Hawaii, Mexico, and the lost city of Atlantis.
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In John le Carré’s novel The Little Drummer Girl (1983), the protagonist is his famous character, George Smiley.
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When Mary Higgins Clark’s novel While My Pretty One Sleeps (1989) hit the best-sellers list, Clark revealed that her daughter Carol Higgins Clark had actually written most of it.
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