Landon Chronicles: Kenneth and Margaret on the immediate success of the book and its translations (hour 78, clip 1) | Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections
Landon Chronicles: Kenneth and Margaret on the immediate success of the book and its translations (hour 78, clip 1)
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 9000 sold out, but John Day ran out of paper because of the rationing in the war. It 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.
Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections
Margaret and Kenneth P. Landon Papers, 1824-2000 Series 1: Biographical Sub-Series 8: Audio and Video Box 83: Oral History: "The Landon Chronicles," CDs 76-94