1957 Bestseller List

Fifty years ago, I was in fourth grade.  From my seat in the front corner of the classroom I could easily reach my then-favorite book, The Swiss Family Robinson. The rest of America had a quite different reading list.

Here are the best-selling novels of 1957:

  1. By Love Possessed by James Gould Cozzens
  2. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  3. Compulsion by Meyer Levin
  4. Rally Round the Flag, Boys! by Max Shulman
  5. Blue Camellia by Frances Parkinson Keyes
  6. Eloise in Paris by Kay Thompson
  7. The Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier
  8. On the Beach by Nevil Shute
  9. Below the Salt by Thomas B. Costain
  10. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

These are the first 10 novels I’ll review in Great Penformances.