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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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    Year in the Top Ten: 1945

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    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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    John P. Marquand Year in the Top Ten: 1946

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    Samuel Shellabarger Year in the Top Ten: 1945

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    Sinclair Lewis Year in the Top Ten: 1945

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

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    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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    Gwethalyn Graham Year in the Top Ten: 1945

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    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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    Laura Z. Hobson Year in the Top Ten: 1947

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    Year in the Top Ten: 1941

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    Year in the Top Ten: 1949

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    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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    Irving Stone Year in the Top Ten: 1945

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    Year in the Top Ten: 1942

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    Sinclair Lewis Year in the Top Ten: 1947

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    Christopher Morley Year in the Top Ten: 1940

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    Ben Ames Williams Year in the Top Ten: 1944

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    Kenneth Roberts Year in the Top Ten: 1947

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    Sholem Asch Year in the Top Ten: 1949

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    Isabel Scott Rorick Year in the Top Ten: 1941

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    Jan Struther Year in the Top Ten: 1940

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    Louis Bromfield Year in the Top Ten: 1940

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    Kenneth Roberts Years in the Top Ten: 1940, 1941

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    Year in the Top Ten: 1948

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    Andre Vltchek Year in the Top Ten: 1949

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    Frank Yerby Year in the Top Ten: 1949

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    Samuel Shellabarger Year in the Top Ten: 1947

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    Ross Lockridge, Jr. Year in the Top Ten: 1948

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    James Hilton Year in the Top Ten: 1941

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    Edna Ferber Year in the Top Ten: 1941

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    A. J. Cronin Year in the Top Ten: 1948

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    Joanna Lacy Year in the Top Ten: 1943

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    James Hilton Year in the Top Ten: 1945

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    F. Van Wyck Mason Year in the Top Ten: 1940

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    Lillian Smith Year in the Top Ten: 1944

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    George Moore Years in the Top Ten: 1943, 1944

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