Very few of the novels from the 1924 bestseller list are read often today, but several of them should be.
Finding print copies to read can be a challenge. Some of the titles are still under copyright, which means readers must rely on used booksellers. I linked to the free Project Gutenberg downloadable ebook if a digital copy of the novel is available.
If you have time to read only one novel from the list, I suggest you try Edna Ferber’s So Big. It’s a good novel—it won a Pulitzer and was adapted for film three times— and is readily available from booksellers. If you are interested in knowing Ferber herself, the Appleton Wisconsin Public Library collection includes information and photos of Ferber who lived in Appleton.
Here’s the list with the dates I’ll be posting my reviews:
- So Big by Edna Ferber [July 5]
- The Plastic Age by Percy Marks, ebook #16532 July 8]
- The Little French Girl by Anne Douglas Sedgwick [July 12]
- The Heirs Apparent by Phillip Gibbs [July 15]
- A Gentleman of Courage by James Oliver Curwood [July 19]
- The Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey, ebook #1881 [July 22]
- The Midlander by Booth Tarkington [July 26]
- The Coast of Folly by Coningsby Dawson [July 29]
- Mistress Wilding by Rafael Sabatini, e-book #1457 [Aug. 2]
- The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher [Aug. 5]