Tagalog Bestsellers of the Twentieth Century: A History of the Book in the Philippines



Author: Patricia May B. Jurilla

This pioneering work is a study on the history of the book in the Philippines, with a focus on literary publishing and Tagalog literary bestsellers of the twentieth century. It spans more than four centuries of publishing, from 1953 when the first book was printed in the country to 2003 when the first nationwide survey on reading attitudes and preferences was conducted. Through it case studies of twentieth century Philippine literary forms and texts that maybe referred to as the bestselling books in their time, the work both highlights and puts in wider context the publishing, manufacturing, distribution, reception, and survival of these bestsellers, and their impact on and their relation to the condition and circumstances in the culture, society, politics, and economics of the time.

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