1928 Bestselling novels

We’ve looked at bestsellers of 1958, 1948, and 1938. Now I’m going to turn my attention to bestsellers of 80 years ago.

The top of the 1928 list is a famous novel by a famous writer: The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder. I remember being required to read the book in high school. All I remembered about it was that it was about a bridge collapse. Next week you can find out if I learned any more by rereading the book.

Some other books on the list might best be described as “interesting.” There is some fine writing, some intriguing plots, some arresting characters — but not many of them all in the same novel.

I haven’t been able to locate a copy of Old Pybus by Warwick Deeping or All Kneeling by Anne Parish. I’ll have to do some more digging

Here’s the list of 1928’s top selling novels. See which ones you can find. Then come back to see how your opinion stacks up against mine.
1. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
2. Wintersmoon by Hugh Walpole
3. Swan Song by John Galsworthy
4. The Greene Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine
5. Bad Girl by Vina Delman
6. Claire Ambler by Booth Tarkington
7. Old Pybus by Warwick Deeping
8. All Kneeling by Anne Parrish
9. Jalna by Mazo de la Roche
10. The Strange Case of Miss Annie Sprague by Louis Bromfield

See you next week!

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Linda Aragoni

I read. I write. I think. I make big ideas simple. I help teachers teach expository writing to teens and adults. In my free time, I read and review old novels.

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