1906 bestselling novels to be reviewed here

Our travel back through the twentieth century’s bestseller lists brings us next to the most popular novels of 1906.

As usual, the top sellers are a mixed bag.

Photos of Ellen Glasgow and Edith Wharton in enormous hats.

You’ll see some author’s whose names are still familiar, such as Edith Wharton and Ellen Glasgow.

You’ll see even more authors who were far more popular than they in their time but are scarcely recognizable today. The American novelist Winston Churchill, for example, was a big bookstore draw in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

And, as usual, you’ll find some gems 110 years old that are still very much worth reading.

Project Gutenberg

Here’s the list of the 1906 bestselling novels along with the dates on which you can look for my review. The links here are to the  digital versions of the novels available free from Project Gutenberg.

  1. Coniston* by Winston Churchill [Sept. 6, 2016]
  2. Lady Baltimore by Owen Wister [Sept. 10, 2016]
  3. The Fighting Chance by Robert W. Chambers [Sept. 13, 2016]
  4. The House of a Thousand Candles by Meredith Nicholson [Sept. 17, 2016]
  5. Jane Cable by George Barr McCutcheon [Sept. 20, 2016]
  6. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair [Sept. 24, 2016]
  7. The Awakening of Helena Richie by Margaret Deland [Sept. 27, 2016]
  8. The Spoilers by Rex Beach [Oct.1, 2016]
  9. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [Reviewed Oct. 10, 2015]
  10. The Wheel of Life by Ellen Glasgow [Oct. 4, 2016]

*link is to full version of Coniston. The novel is also available in four separate volumes. Here’s the link to volume 1.

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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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