There are a lot of traditional tales, retold from generation to generation. The writers below collected the stories and wrote or re-wrote them in books that became hugely popular all over the world. Know about these revolutionary authors and their multi-million sellers.
1. Mark Twain (U.S., 1835-1910)
Book sales in the USA were not accurately recorded before 1895. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn have probably each sold more than 20 million copies worldwide since they were published in 1876 and 1884.
2. Rev. W. Awdry (U.K., 1911-1997)
Rev. W. Awdry began writing his Thomas The Tank Engine books in 1946. The books have sold more than 50 million copies.
3. Lewis Carroll (U.K., 1832-1898)
There are no world figures for sales of Lewis Carroll’s two classic children book, Alice In Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass but these two books have never been out of print. They have appeared in hundreds of editions and in many languages.
4. Beatrix Potter (U.K., 1866-1943)
The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1901) has sold more than nine million copies in the USA. Altogether, at least 50 million copies of her books have been sold till the date.
5. Dr. Seuss (U.S., 1904-1991)
Green Eggs and Ham, one of Dr. Seuss most popular books, has sold more than 8 million in the USA alone. Worldwide, he has sold more than 100 million copies of his books.
6. Enid Blyton (U.K., 1897-1968)
Enid Blyton wrote more than 700 children books. Total sales of her works are more than 100 million. She was the best-selling English language author until the arrival of J.K. Rowling.
7. Herge (Belgium, 1907-1983)
Georges Remi was an author and illustrator who wrote under the pen name Herge. He created the comic strip character Tintin in 1929. The boy detective’s adventures have appeared in the book from since 1948 onwards and have been translated into about 45 languages and dialects. Total sale is at least 193 million.
8. R. L. Stine (U.S., 1943-)
R. L. Stine has written 80 titles in his Goosebumps series. They have sold a total of 250 million copies worldwide. In 1995, a television series of four seasons was started in the USA, based on Goosebumps.
At the end of 2005, the six Harry Potter books then in print had sold more than 300 million copies worldwide. In 2005, Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince sold 2,009,574 copies in the U.K. on its first day of release which is the biggest one-day sale ever record.
10. Rene Goscinny (France, 1926-1977) and Albert Uderzo (France, 1927-)
Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo created the comic strip character Asterix the Gaul in 1959. They jointly produced 24 books, and Uderzo went on to create 9 more after Goscinny’s death. Their total worldwide sales are more than 320 million copies.