The 1969 bestseller list includes several titles and novelists that will be instantly recognized by any reader of twentieth century fiction. The novelist in 10th place for The House on the Strand, Dame Daphne du Maurier, published nine bestsellers between 1930 and 1969, beginning with Rebecca in 1938. That’s almost a bestseller every third year. 1969 […]
For the next few weeks, I’m going to post reviews of novels I hadn’t located back when they should have appeared in my rotation. I’ll be reviewing the eight bestsellers of 1909 that I hadn’t posted earlier. As usual, if I haven’t already reviewed the novel, I’ve linked to ProjectGutenberg, where you can read the […]
Next on the schedule for 2012 is a set of reviews of the bestselling novels of 1952. I’ll bet that at least half of them are novels you’ve heard of, even if you haven’t read them. Here, with dates you can expect to read the reviews, is the list: The Silver Chalice by Thomas B. […]
During 2012, I’ll be reviewing novels celebrating their ascent to the bestseller list 50, 60, 70, 80, and 90, 100 and 110 years ago. I’ve found 69 of those 70 novels either in print or in digital format at Project Gutenberg, the first producer of free ebooks. Among them are some famous titles, such as […]
The top novels of 1930 are getting scarce in libraries and used book stores. I was very fortunate to find all but Margaret Ayers Barnes’s novel Years of Grace. I will review the nine top novels from 1930 I’ve read, starting next week with the #1 bestseller, Edna Ferber’s Cimarron. Here’s the complete list of […]
The 1950 bestseller list includes several novels that you will enjoy as you read them, but few that you will remember well enough to recall the story a month later.
This week, I’ll begin looking at the best-selling novels of 1939. Top of the list is a famous novel that became an equally famous film: John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Further down the list is another classic book that became a classic film, The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.