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Landon Chronicles (1944-1946): Kenneth and Margaret on the Immediate Success of the Book and Its Translations (hour 78, clip 1)

 Digital Record
Identifier: LC78-01


  • Digitized: 1944-1946


Summary Note

The book immediately became a best seller. It went to at least fifteen foreign countries. It was translated into French, German, Spanish, Chinese, and various other languages. It was also translated into Thai, but the Thai just took it. They never paid. The movie of the book came out in 1946. Rex Harrison was brought in from England to play the king. The first edition of 9,000 sold out and John Day had ran out of paper because of the rationing in the war. They could have had Doubleday or some other company make additional printings, but John Day wouldn't agree to that. So Margaret lost a big Christmas sale that year as a result. (Length 2:33)

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