From 10th Century B.C. to our current decade, this infographic takes an unscientific but interesting look at some of the most popular books ever written.

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How many now famous authors toiled in obscurity or were labeled heretical or insignificant while alive, only to be recognized as genius after they died?

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Breaking down the elements of best-selling books is akin to analyzing what makes a hit song – or a viral video. Seems obvious after the fact...

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This infographic shows that, at over 58,000 words in length, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde took a mere six days to write, while J. D. Salinger averaged 20 words a day to finish his 73,000-word classic The Catcher in the Rye over a 10-year span.

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According to various scientific studies, reading has measurable health benefits beyond the transient (or infinite) enjoyment you derive from simply reading stories and experiencing characters.

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All of these writers had very specific ideas about what they needed to craft their work – from particular writing utensils to what they could wear, from what hours of the day they would work to what they wanted their writing spaces to smell like.

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There's so much to appreciate about a good book: the succulent storytelling, the delicious depth of characters, the sweet resolution after bitter conflict, and ... dessert! Enjoy this graphic, and make sure to whip up a sweet treat the next time you sit down to read.

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