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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    John Hersey Year in the Top Ten: 1944

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    A Lion Is in the Streets Year in the Top Ten: 1945

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    A Rage to Live John O'Hara Year in the Top Ten: 1949

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    Betty Smith Years in the Top Ten: 1943, 1944

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    Year in the Top Ten: 1942

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    Erich Maria Remarque Year in the Top Ten: 1946

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    B.F.'s daughter John P. Marquand Year in the Top Ten: 1946

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    Captain from Castile Samuel Shellabarger Year in the Top Ten: 1945

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    Cass Timberlane Sinclair Lewis Year in the Top Ten: 1945

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    Cutlass empire F. Van Wyck Mason Year in the Top Ten: 1949

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    Dinner at Antoine's Frances Parkinson Keyes Years in the Top Ten: 1948, 1949

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    Pearl S. Buck Year in the Top Ten: 1942

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    Drivin' Woman Year in the Top Ten: 1942

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    Earth and High Heaven Gwethalyn Graham Year in the Top Ten: 1945

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    East Side, West Side Lawrence Ritter Year in the Top Ten: 1947

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    Edward Streeter Year in the Top Ten: 1949

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    Ernest Hemingway Years in the Top Ten: 1940, 1941

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    Kathleen Winsor Years in the Top Ten: 1944, 1945

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    Gentleman's Agreement Laura Z. Hobson Year in the Top Ten: 1947

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    Green Dolphin Street Year in the Top Ten: 1944

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    H.M. Pulham, Esquire Year in the Top Ten: 1941

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    High Towers Year in the Top Ten: 1949

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    House Divided Ben Ames Williams Year in the Top Ten: 1947

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    Richard Llewellyn Year in the Top Ten: 1940

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    Daphne du Maurier Year in the Top Ten: 1943

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