40s The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s  

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A list of the best selling novels in the US during the 1940's as reported by Publishers Weekly. This list ranges from 1940 through 1949. 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 40'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 Bell for Adano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
A Bell for Adano John Hersey - Year in the Top Ten: 1944

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A Lion Is in the Streets is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
A Lion Is in the Streets Year in the Top Ten: 1945

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A Rage to Live is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
A Rage to Live John O'Hara - Year in the Top Ten: 1949

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith - Years in the Top Ten: 1943, 1944

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And Now Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
And Now Tomorrow Year in the Top Ten: 1942

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Arch of Triumph is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Arch of Triumph Erich Maria Remarque - Year in the Top Ten: 1946

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B.F.'s daughter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
B.F.'s daughter John P. Marquand - Year in the Top Ten: 1946

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Captain from Castile is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Captain from Castile Samuel Shellabarger - Year in the Top Ten: 1945

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Cass Timberlane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Cass Timberlane Sinclair Lewis - Year in the Top Ten: 1945

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Cutlass empire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Cutlass empire F. Van Wyck Mason - Year in the Top Ten: 1949

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Dinner at Antoine's is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Dinner at Antoine's Frances Parkinson Keyes - Years in the Top Ten: 1948, 1949

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Dragon Seed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Dragon Seed Pearl S. Buck - Year in the Top Ten: 1942

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Drivin' Woman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Drivin' Woman Year in the Top Ten: 1942

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Earth and High Heaven is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Earth and High Heaven Gwethalyn Graham - Year in the Top Ten: 1945

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East Side, West Side is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
East Side, West Side Lawrence Ritter - Year in the Top Ten: 1947

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Father of the bride is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Father of the bride Edward Streeter - Year in the Top Ten: 1949

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For Whom the Bell Tolls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway - Years in the Top Ten: 1940, 1941

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Forever Amber is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Forever Amber Kathleen Winsor - Years in the Top Ten: 1944, 1945

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Gentleman's Agreement is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Gentleman's Agreement Laura Z. Hobson - Year in the Top Ten: 1947

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Green Dolphin Street is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Green Dolphin Street Year in the Top Ten: 1944

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H.M. Pulham, Esquire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
H.M. Pulham, Esquire Year in the Top Ten: 1941

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High Towers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
High Towers Year in the Top Ten: 1949

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House Divided is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
House Divided Ben Ames Williams - Year in the Top Ten: 1947

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How Green Was My Valley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
How Green Was My Valley Richard Llewellyn - Year in the Top Ten: 1940

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Hungry Hill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Hungry Hill Daphne du Maurier - Year in the Top Ten: 1943

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Immortal wife is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Immortal wife Irving Stone - Year in the Top Ten: 1945

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King's Row is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
King's Row Year in the Top Ten: 1942

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Kingsblood Royal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Kingsblood Royal Sinclair Lewis - Year in the Top Ten: 1947

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Kitty Foyle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Kitty Foyle Christopher Morley - Year in the Top Ten: 1940

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Leave Her to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Leave Her to Heaven Ben Ames Williams - Year in the Top Ten: 1944

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Lydia Bailey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Lydia Bailey Kenneth Roberts - Year in the Top Ten: 1947

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Mary is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Mary Sholem Asch - Year in the Top Ten: 1949

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Mr. and Mrs. Cugat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Mr. and Mrs. Cugat Isabel Scott Rorick - Year in the Top Ten: 1941

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Mrs. Miniver is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Mrs. Miniver Jan Struther - Year in the Top Ten: 1940

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Mrs. Parkington is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Mrs. Parkington Year in the Top Ten: 1943

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Night in Bombay is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Night in Bombay Louis Bromfield - Year in the Top Ten: 1940

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Oliver Wiswell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Oliver Wiswell Kenneth Roberts - Years in the Top Ten: 1940, 1941

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Pilgrim's Inn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Pilgrim's Inn Year in the Top Ten: 1948

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Point of No Return is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Point of No Return Andre Vltchek - Year in the Top Ten: 1949

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Pride's castle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Pride's castle Frank Yerby - Year in the Top Ten: 1949

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Prince of Foxes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Prince of Foxes Samuel Shellabarger - Year in the Top Ten: 1947

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Raintree County is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Raintree County Ross Lockridge^! Jr. - Year in the Top Ten: 1948

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Random Harvest is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Random Harvest James Hilton - Year in the Top Ten: 1941

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Saratoga Trunk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Saratoga Trunk Edna Ferber - Year in the Top Ten: 1941

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Shannon's Way is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Shannon's Way A. J. Cronin - Year in the Top Ten: 1948

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So Little Time is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
So Little Time Joanna Lacy - Year in the Top Ten: 1943

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So Well Remembered is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
So Well Remembered James Hilton - Year in the Top Ten: 1945

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Stars on the sea is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Stars on the sea F. Van Wyck Mason - Year in the Top Ten: 1940

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Strange Fruit is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
Strange Fruit Lillian Smith - Year in the Top Ten: 1944

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The apostle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s
The apostle George Moore - Years in the Top Ten: 1943, 1944