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A list of the best selling novels in the US during the 1920's as reported by Publishers Weekly. This list ranges from 1920 through 1929. All types of novels have been included and each of them has made it into the top ten. With the introduction of the Nook, Kindle, and iPad with iBooks, reading is hot again. The best selling novels on this list were the most popular books in the United States during the 20's, so you can be sure they're well written and enjoyable (depending, of course, on your preferred literary genre). This list is intended to help long-time readers and newcomers alike with discovering (and rediscovering) some of the best selling novels of all time.

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A Gentleman of Courage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
A Gentleman of Courage James Oliver Curwood - Year in the Top Ten: 1924

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A Good Woman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
A Good Woman Danielle Steel - Year in the Top Ten: 1927

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A Man for the Ages is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
A Man for the Ages Irving Bacheller - Year in the Top Ten: 1920

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A Poor Wise Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
A Poor Wise Man Mary Roberts Rinehart - Year in the Top Ten: 1921

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After noon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
After noon Susan Ertz - Year in the Top Ten: 1926

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All Kneeling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
All Kneeling Anne Parrish - Year in the Top Ten: 1928

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All Quiet on the Western Front is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque - Year in the Top Ten: 1929

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Arrowsmith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Arrowsmith Sinclair Lewis - Year in the Top Ten: 1925

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Babbitt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Babbitt Sinclair Lewis - Years in the Top Ten: 1922, 1923

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Bad Girl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Bad Girl Viña Delmar - Year in the Top Ten: 1928

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Beau Geste is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Beau Geste P. C. Wren - Year in the Top Ten: 1926

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Beau Sabreur is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Beau Sabreur P. C. Wren - Year in the Top Ten: 1926

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Black oxen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Black oxen Gertrude Atherton - Year in the Top Ten: 1923

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Claire Ambler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Claire Ambler Booth Tarkington - Year in the Top Ten: 1928

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Dark Hester is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Dark Hester Anne Douglas Sedgwick - Year in the Top Ten: 1929

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Dodsworth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Dodsworth Sinclair Lewis - Year in the Top Ten: 1929

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Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Doomsday Warwick Deeping - Year in the Top Ten: 1927

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Elmer Gantry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Elmer Gantry Sinclair Lewis - Year in the Top Ten: 1927

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Gentle Julia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Gentle Julia Booth Tarkington - Year in the Top Ten: 1922

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Anita Loos, Joseph Fields, Anita Loos - Year in the Top Ten: 1926

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Glorious Apollo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Glorious Apollo Elizabeth Louisa Moresby - Year in the Top Ten: 1925

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Harriet and the Piper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Harriet and the Piper Kathleen Norris - Year in the Top Ten: 1920

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Her Father's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter - Year in the Top Ten: 1921

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His Children's Children is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
His Children's Children Arthur Cheney Train - Year in the Top Ten: 1923

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If winter comes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
If winter comes Susan Kyle - Year in the Top Ten: 1922

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Jalna is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Jalna Mazo de la Roche - Years in the Top Ten: 1927, 1928

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Joseph and his brethren is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Joseph and his brethren Royall Tyler - Year in the Top Ten: 1929

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Kindred of the Dust is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Kindred of the Dust Peter B. Kyne - Year in the Top Ten: 1920

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Lost Ecstasy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Lost Ecstasy Mary Roberts Rinehart - Year in the Top Ten: 1927

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Main Street is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Main Street Sinclair Lewis - Year in the Top Ten: 1921

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Mamba's Daughters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Mamba's Daughters DuBose Heyward - Year in the Top Ten: 1929

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Maria Chapdelaine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Maria Chapdelaine Louis Hémon - Year in the Top Ten: 1922

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Mary-Marie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Mary-Marie Year in the Top Ten: 1920

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Mistress Wilding is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini - Year in the Top Ten: 1924

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Old Pybus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Old Pybus Warwick Deeping - Year in the Top Ten: 1928

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One increasing purpose is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
One increasing purpose Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson - Year in the Top Ten: 1925

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Peder Victorious is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Peder Victorious Ole Edvart Rølvaag - Year in the Top Ten: 1929

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Roper's Row is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Roper's Row Warwick Deeping - Year in the Top Ten: 1929

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Scarlet Sister Mary is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Scarlet Sister Mary Julia Peterkin - Year in the Top Ten: 1929

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Show Boat is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Show Boat Edna Ferber - Year in the Top Ten: 1926

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Simon Called Peter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Simon Called Peter Robert Keable - Year in the Top Ten: 1922

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So Big is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
So Big Edna Ferber - Year in the Top Ten: 1924

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Sorrell And Son is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Sorrell And Son Warwick Deeping - Years in the Top Ten: 1926, 1927

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Soundings is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Soundings Cilla McQueen - Year in the Top Ten: 1925

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Swan song is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Swan song John Galsworthy - Year in the Top Ten: 1928

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The Age of Innocence is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton - Year in the Top Ten: 1921

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The Bishop Murder Case is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
The Bishop Murder Case S. S. Van Dine - Year in the Top Ten: 1929

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The Blue Window is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
The Blue Window Temple Bailey - Year in the Top Ten: 1926

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The Breaking Point is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
The Breaking Point Daphne du Maurier - Years in the Top Ten: 1922, 1923

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The Bridge of San Luis Rey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
The Bridge of San Luis Rey Thornton Wilder - Year in the Top Ten: 1928