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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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    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

    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

    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 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s

    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

    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

    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 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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    Immortal wife is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s

    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

    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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    Leave Her to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s

    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

    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

    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

    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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    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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    Saratoga Trunk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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    The apostle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1940s

    George Moore Years in the Top Ten: 1943, 1944

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