1929 bestselling novels

It’s time to revisit the novels that were bestsellers in 1929, the year when the stock market crashed plunging America into the Great Depression.

I haven’t been able  to locate all the novels on the list, but those I’ve found have been fascinating.  Here in order are the 1929 top 10, led by a classic novel about the first World War:

  1. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  2. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis
  3. Dark Hester by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  4. The Bishop Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine
  5. Roper’s Row by Warwick Deeping
  6. Peder Victorious by O. E. Rolvaag
  7. Mamba’s Daughters by DuBose Heyward
  8. The Galaxy by Susan Ertz
  9. Scarlet Sister Mary by Julie Peterkin
  10. Joseph and His Brethern by H. W. Freeman

In the next few weeks, I’ll tell you which of these have held their value for today’s readers.

Linda Gorton Aragoni
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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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