Monday, March 7, 2016

Bestselling Books from 1910 to 1929


I have read only one of these books (noted in red type below) and parts of at least one other (All Quiet on the Western Front).

Some of the authors had multiple titles on the lists: Gene Stratton Porter (whose Girl of the Limberlost is the only one of her books I've read), Frances Hodgson Burnett, Booth Tarkington, Zane Grey, Sinclair Lewis, and Edith Wharton. Some less famous names are Warwick Deeping, Anne Douglas Sedgwick, Rafael Sabatini, Anne Parrish, and Mary Roberts Rinehart.

Many were made into films: "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" and "The Sheik" were both Rudolph Valentino movies. Others include "The Winning of Barbara Worth" (Gary Cooper's first big film role), "Pollyanna", "The Sea Hawk", "So Big", "The Constant Nymph", "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (published the year before Marilyn Monroe was born!), "Beau Geste", "Show Boat", "Elmer Gantry", "The Bridge of San Luis Rey", "Dodsworth" and so many more. Several made it to Broadway as well.

Other names still-famous today on the bestseller lists are Joseph Conrad, H.G. Wells, Edna Ferber, Anita Loos, Erich Maria Remarque, John Galsworthy, and Thornton Wilder.

Sinclair Lewis and John Galsworthy both won Nobel Prizes in Literature. Pulitzer Prize winners (which began in 1917) include Booth Tarkington, Edith Wharton, Edna Ferber, Sinclair Lewis, Thornton Wilder, and Julia Peterkin.

The Julia Peterkin book is called Scarlet Sister Mary and from the title sounds intriguing! A hussy nun, do you think? Here's what the Wikipedia article has to say: "Mary is torn between her desire to be a member in good standing in the church and a desire to live a life of sin and pleasure." Oooooh! It takes place among the Gullah people of South Carolina so the heroine is of African-American descent. FUN FACT, especially pertinent given the recent "Oscars So White" criticisms: Ethel Barrymore bought the rights to the book and mounted a Broadway production, playing the lead role herself. In BLACKFACE. (Julia Peterkin was white.)

Note: Some titles repeat if they were popular over the course of two years.

Next time: the 1930s and 1940s!

1910
  1. The Rosary by Florence L. Barclay
  2. A Modern Chronicle by Winston Churchill
  3. The Wild Olive by Basil King
  4. Max by Katherine Cecil Thurston
  5. The Kingdom of Slender Swords by Hallie Erminie Rives
  6. Simon the Jester by William J. Locke
  7. Lord Loveland Discovers America by C.N. Williamson and A.M. Williamson
  8. The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  9. Molly Make-Believe by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  10. When a Man Marries by Mary Roberts Rinehart
1911
  1. The Broad Highway by Jeffrey Farnol
  2. The Prodigal Judge by Vaughan Kester
  3. The Winning of Barbara Worth by Harold Bell Wright
  4. Queed by Henry Sydnor Harrison
  5. The Harvester by Gene Stratton Porter
  6. The Iron Woman by Margaret Deland
  7. The Long Roll by Mary Johnston
  8. Molly Make-Believe by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  9. The Rosary by Florence L. Barclay
  10. The Common Law by Robert W. Chambers
1912
  1. The Harvester by Gene Stratton Porter
  2. The Street Called Straight by Basil King
  3. Their Yesterdays by Harold Bell Wright
  4. The Melting of Molly by Maria Thompson Davies
  5. A Hoosier Chronicle by Meredith Nicholson
  6. The Winning of Barbara Worth by Harold Bell Wright
  7. The Just and the Unjust by Vaughan Kester
  8. The Net by Rex Beach
  9. Tante by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  10. Fran by J. Breckenridge Ellis
1913
  1. The Inside of the Cup by Winston Churchill
  2. V.V.'s Eyes by Henry Sydnor Harrison
  3. Laddie by Gene Stratton Porter
  4. The Judgment House by Gilbert Parker
  5. Heart of the Hills by John Fox, Jr.
  6. The Amateur Gentleman by Jeffrey Farnol
  7. The Woman Thou Gavest Me by Hall Caine
  8. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
  9. The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  10. T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
1914
  1. The Eyes of the World by Harold Bell Wright
  2. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
  3. The Inside of the Cup by Winston Churchill
  4. The Salamander by Owen Johnson
  5. The Fortunate Youth by William J. Locke
  6. T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  7. Penrod by Booth Tarkington
  8. Diane of the Green Van by Leona Dalrymple
  9. The Devil's Garden by W. B. Maxwell
  10. The Prince of Graustark by George Barr McCutcheon
1915
  1. The Turmoil by Booth Tarkington
  2. A Far Country by Winston Churchill
  3. Michael O'Halloran by Gene Stratton Porter
  4. Pollyanna Grows Up by Eleanor H. Porter
  5. K by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  6. Jaffery by William J. Locke
  7. Felix O'Day by F. Hopkinson Smith
  8. The Harbor by Ernest Poole
  9. The Lone Star Ranger by Zane Grey
  10. Angela's Business by Henry Sydnor Harrison
1916
  1. Seventeen by Booth Tarkington
  2. When a Man's a Man by Harold Bell Wright
  3. Just David by Eleanor H. Porter
  4. Mr. Britling Sees It Through by H. G. Wells
  5. Life and Gabriella by Ellen Glasgow
  6. The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  7. Bars of Iron by Ethel M. Dell
  8. Nan of Music Mountain by Frank H. Spearman
  9. Dear Enemy by Jean Webster
  10. The Heart of Rachael by Kathleen Norris
1917
  1. Mr. Britling Sees It Through by H. G. Wells
  2. The Light in the Clearing by Irving Bacheller
  3. The Red Planet by William J. Locke
  4. The Road to Understanding by Eleanor H. Porter
  5. Wildfire by Zane Grey
  6. Christine by Alice Cholmondeley
  7. In the Wilderness by Robert S. Hichens
  8. His Family by Ernest Poole
  9. The Definite Object by Jeffrey Farnol
  10. The Hundredth Chance by Ethel M. Dell
1918
  1. The U.P. Trail by Zane Grey
  2. The Tree of Heaven by May Sinclair
  3. The Amazing Interlude by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  4. Dere Mable by Edward Streeter
  5. Oh, Money! Money! by Eleanor H. Porter
  6. Greatheart by Ethel M. Dell
  7. The Major by Ralph Connor
  8. The Pawns Count by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  9. A Daughter of the Land by Gene Stratton Porter
  10. Sonia by Stephen McKenna
1919
  1. The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
  2. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad
  3. The Desert of Wheat by Zane Grey
  4. Dangerous Days by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  5. The Sky Pilot in No Man's Land by Ralph Connor
  6. The Re-Creation of Brian Kent by Harold Bell Wright
  7. Dawn by Eleanor H. Porter
  8. The Tin Soldier by Temple Bailey
  9. Christopher and Columbus by Elizabeth von Arnim
  10. In Secret by Robert W. Chambers
1920
  1. The Man of the Forest by Zane Grey
  2. Kindred of the Dust by Peter B. Kyne
  3. The Re-Creation of Brian Kent by Harold Bell Wright
  4. The River's End by James Oliver Curwood
  5. A Man for the Ages by Irving Bacheller
  6. Mary-Marie by Eleanor H. Porter
  7. The Portygee by Joseph C. Lincoln
  8. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  9. The Lamp in the Desert by Ethel M. Dell
  10. Harriet and the Piper by Kathleen Norris
1921
  1. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
  2. The Brimming Cup by Dorothy Canfield
  3. The Mysterious Rider by Zane Grey
  4. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  5. The Valley of Silent Men by James Oliver Curwood
  6. The Sheik by Edith M. Hull
  7. A Poor Wise Man by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  8. Her Father's Daughter by Gene Stratton-Porter
  9. The Sisters-in-Law by Gertrude Atherton
  10. The Kingdom Round the Corner by Coningsby Dawson
1922
  1. If Winter Comes by A. S. M. Hutchinson
  2. The Sheik by Edith M. Hull
  3. Gentle Julia by Booth Tarkington
  4. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  5. Simon Called Peter by Robert Keable
  6. The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  7. This Freedom by A. S. M. Hutchinson
  8. Maria Chapdelaine by Louis Hémon
  9. To the Last Man by Zane Grey
  10. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
  11. Helen of the Old House by Harold Bell Wright
1923
  1. Black Oxen by Gertrude Atherton
  2. His Children's Children by Arthur Train
  3. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
  4. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
  5. The Dim Lantern by Temple Bailey
  6. This Freedom by A. S. M. Hutchinson
  7. The Mine with the Iron Door by Harold Bell Wright
  8. Wanderer of the Wasteland by Zane Grey
  9. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini
  10. The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
1924
  1. So Big by Edna Ferber
  2. The Plastic Age by Percy Marks
  3. The Little French Girl by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  4. The Heirs Apparent by Philip Gibbs
  5. A Gentleman of Courage by James Oliver Curwood
  6. The Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey
  7. The Midlander by Booth Tarkington
  8. The Coast of Folly by Coningsby Dawson
  9. Mistress Wilding by Rafael Sabatini
  10. The Homemaker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
1925
  1. Soundings by A. Hamilton Gibbs
  2. The Constant Nymph by Margaret Kennedy
  3. The Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton-Porter
  4. Glorious Apollo by E. Barrington
  5. The Green Hat by Michael Arlen
  6. The Little French Girl by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  7. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
  8. The Perennial Bachelor by Anne Parrish
  9. The Carolinian by Rafael Sabatini
  10. One Increasing Purpose by A. S. M. Hutchinson
1926
  1. The Private Life of Helen of Troy by John Erskine
  2. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos
  3. Sorrell and Son by Warwick Deeping
  4. The Hounds of Spring by Sylvia Thompson
  5. Beau Sabreur by P. C. Wren
  6. The Silver Spoons by John Galsworthy
  7. Beau Geste by P. C. Wren
  8. Show Boat by Edna Ferber
  9. After Noon by Susan Ertz
  10. The Blue Window by Temple Bailey
1927
  1. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis
  2. The Plutocrat by Booth Tarkington
  3. Doomsday by Warwick Deeping
  4. Sorrell and Son by Warwick Deeping
  5. Jalna by Mazo de la Roche
  6. Lost Ecstasy by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  7. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton
  8. Tomorrow Morning by Anne Parrish
  9. The Old Countess by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  10. A Good Woman by Louis Bromfield
1928
  1. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
  2. Wintersmoon by Hugh Walpole
  3. Swan Song by John Galsworthy
  4. The Greene Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine
  5. Bad Girl by Viña Delmar
  6. Claire Ambler by Booth Tarkington
  7. Old Pybus by Warwick Deeping
  8. All Kneeling by Anne Parrish
  9. Jalna by Mazo de la Roche
  10. The Strange Case of Miss Annie Spragg by Louis Bromfield
1929
  1. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  2. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis
  3. Dark Hester by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  4. The Bishop Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine
  5. Roper's Row by Warwick Deeping
  6. Peder Victorious by O. E. Rolvaag
  7. Mamba's Daughters by DuBose Heyward
  8. The Galaxy by Susan Ertz
  9. Scarlet Sister Mary by Julia Peterkin
  10. Joseph and His Brethren by H. W. Freeman

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