The bestseller list of 1934 contains few familiar titles—Good-bye, Mr. Chips is the most recognizable. The novelists on the list, however, were some of the most popular and prolific writers of their day. A glance over the verso of the title page of Phillip Bottom’s Private Worlds shows she was certainly a working author.
Chips‘ author James Hilton churned out several silly novels like Lost Horizon and Random Harvest that were huge sellers and became movie classics. He also wrote less financially successful but far better novels such as Time and Again and We Are Not Alone.
Here’s the list, with dates I’ll publish my reviews given in square brackets:
- Anthony Adverse by Hervey Allen
- Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller [May 24]
- So Red the Rose by Stark Young [May 27]
- Good-bye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton [May 31]
- Within This Present by Margaret Ayer Barnes [June 3]
- Work of Art by Sinclair Lewis [June 7]
- Private Worlds by Phyllis Bottome [June 10]
- Mary Peters by Mary Ellen Chase [June 14]
- Oil for the Lamps of China by Louis Bromfield [June 17]
- Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen [June 21]
Dig out your library card and get reading.