The Robe a Three-Year Bestseller

Easter CrossRather than  post the list of 1943 bestsellers I’ve slated for review, since today is Easter on the Christian calendar,  it’s perhaps appropriate to mention a novel related to the events of Holy Week.

I first reviewed The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas on the 50th anniversary of its first appearance on the bestseller list, which was in 1942. The novel not only stayed on the list a second year, but rose from seventh place in 1942 to first place in 1943.

In 1953, The Robe made a comeback, again hitting the top spot on the bestseller list, as the film version of the novel appeared in movie theaters with Richard Burton in the role of Marcellus Gallio, the Roman centurion who presides over Christ’s crucifixion.

A novel that makes the bestseller list three years out of 11—and two of those in the number one spot—deserves rereading if for nothing more than the novelty. However, I think you’ll find the story worth your time.

© 2013 Linda Gorton Aragoni