Girl With a Pearl Earring


Published in the United States in January 2000, the book became a New York Times bestseller,[5] and went on to sell over two million copies in thirty-six languages.[6] In 2001 Plume Press released the paperback edition with an initial print-run of 120,000 copies; a year later the book had been reprinted 18 times with close to 2 million copies sold.[7] Over three millions copies have been sold in 36 languages, as of September 2008.[8]

Richard Eder of The New York Times described the work as a "brainy novel whose passion is ideas",[9] and the prepublication review in Time notes the fullness of the characters.[4] Atlantic Monthly praised Chevalier's effort "in creating the feel of a society with sharp divisions in status and creed", in describing Protestant Griet joining the household of the Catholic Vermeers.[10]

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