Best Selling Novels of the 1940s Books
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Best Selling Novels of the 1940s

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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  1. 1
    John Hersey More
    Year in the Top Ten: 1944
  2. 2

    A Lion Is in the Streets

    Year in the Top Ten: 1945
  3. 3

    A Rage to Live

    John O'Hara More
    Year in the Top Ten: 1949
  4. 4
    Betty Smith More
    Years in the Top Ten: 1943, 1944
  5. 5
    Year in the Top Ten: 1942
  6. 6
    Erich Maria Remarque More
    Year in the Top Ten: 1946
  7. 7

    B.F.'s daughter

    John P. Marquand More
    Year in the Top Ten: 1946
  8. 8

    Captain from Castile

    Samuel Shellabarger More
    Year in the Top Ten: 1945
  9. 9

    Cass Timberlane

    Sinclair Lewis More
    Year in the Top Ten: 1945
  10. 10

    Cutlass empire

    F. Van Wyck Mason More
    Year in the Top Ten: 1949
  11. 11

    Dinner at Antoine's

    Frances Parkinson Keyes More
    Years in the Top Ten: 1948, 1949
  12. 12
    Pearl S. Buck More
    Year in the Top Ten: 1942
  13. 13

    Drivin' Woman

    Year in the Top Ten: 1942
  14. 14

    Earth and High Heaven

    Gwethalyn Graham More
    Year in the Top Ten: 1945
  15. 15

    East Side, West Side

    Lawrence Ritter More
    Year in the Top Ten: 1947
  16. 16
    Edward Streeter More
    Year in the Top Ten: 1949
  17. 17
    Ernest Hemingway More
    Years in the Top Ten: 1940, 1941
  18. 18

    Forever Amber

    Kathleen Winsor More
    Years in the Top Ten: 1944, 1945
  19. 19

    Gentleman's Agreement

    Laura Z. Hobson More
    Year in the Top Ten: 1947
  20. 20

    Green Dolphin Street

    Year in the Top Ten: 1944
  21. 21

    H.M. Pulham, Esquire

    Year in the Top Ten: 1941
  22. 22

    High Towers

    Year in the Top Ten: 1949
  23. 23

    House Divided

    Ben Ames Williams More
    Year in the Top Ten: 1947
  24. 24
    Richard Llewellyn More
    Year in the Top Ten: 1940
  25. 25
    Daphne du Maurier More
    Year in the Top Ten: 1943

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