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  Are midnight queues new?
Updated 20 June 2003, 21.17

The book launch of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has meant there are lots of midnight queues at bookshops around the UK.

Although you may think that this kind of excitement is a new thing, we've found a few examples from the past where fans have gone crazy for the next adventure of their heroes:

  • In 1821, when the poet Byron had the latest parts of his popular Don Juan published, excited crowds banged on his publisher's door and windows.

  • Charles Dickens' novel, The Old Curiosity Shop, was published in parts. In 1841, crowds of fans in New York greeted the ship bringing in the latest part by shouting: "Is Little Nell dead?"

  • Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe had the presses working overtime by selling one and a half million copies in 1852.

  • And in 1854, The Bronze Soldier by GWM Reynolds sold 100,000 copies on the day it came out.


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