Now considered one of the greatest novels ever written, what book only sold about 3,500 copies during the author’s lifetime?

Trivia: Now considered one of the greatest novels ever written, what book only sold about 3,500 copies during the author’s lifetime?

“Moby-Dick” is widely considered to be Herman Melville’s magnum opus. But public opinion was very different when the novel was first published in 1851. “Moby-Dick” didn’t exactly fly off the shelves. In fact, throughout Melville’s lifetime, the novel was a commercial failure – selling only about 3,200 copies. Its reputation as a “Great American Novel” was only established in the 20th century after Melville’s publisher reprinted the novel after his death. The reprint sparked a renewed interest in the novel, and Melville posthumously came to be regarded as one of the great American writers.

Moby-Dick
War and Peace
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Old Man and the Sea

The correct answer is Moby-Dick.

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