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The Most Translated Author of All Time

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

It is generally accepted that the Bible is the most widely translated book of all time. But what author has had the most work translated? Some will credit the Apostle Paul, who is believed to have penned many of the books in the Christian Bible. Others, including the Guiness Book of World Records, give that honor to another sort of “Holy man,” science fiction writer and founder of Scientology L. Ron Hubbard.

With 1,084 fiction and non-fiction (?) works under his belt, Hubbard also earned Guiness’s record for most published author and a third in 2009 for most audio books produced. His pieces, including the celebrated and controversial Dianetics, have been translated into 71 different languages.

As the father of Scientology, Hubbard was no stranger to controversy and despite claims that Scientology is a cult, Hubbard and his team of lawyers worked hard to promote the organization, eventually attracting the likes of celebrities such as John Travolta, Jason Lee and Tom Cruise.

So if the Bible is the Bible is the best-selling book of all time and the Guiness Book of World Records says that L. Ron Hubbard is the most translated author, can you guess what the second best-selling book of all time is? Nope, not Dianetics. It is the Guiness Book of World Records.


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