Best-selling novels of 1947

1947 was a very good year for novels.  More than half the novels on America’s top 10 list for the year are still entertaining and thought-provoking reading.  In the next few weeks, I’ll post reviews of all 10, starting with the No. 1 bestseller.  Check your public library or WorldCat to locate a copy near you.

  1. The Miracle of the Bells by Russell Janney 
  2. The Moneyman by Thomas B. Costain
  3. Gentleman’s Agreement by Laura Z. Hobson
  4. Lydia Bailey by Kenneth Roberts
  5. The Vixens by Frank Yerby (No WorldCat member libraries show this item in their collections.)
  6. The Wayward Bus by John Steinbeck   There are mutliple editions of this novel, each with its own OCLC number.
  7. House Divided by Ben Ames Williams
  8. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis
  9. East Side, West Side by Marcia Davenport
  10. Prince of Foxes by Samuel Shellabarger


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Linda Aragoni

I'm passionate about helping people learn through the medium of nonfiction writing. Although I occasionally have an idea of my own, I mostly build education tools by recycling and repurposing other folks' ideas.

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