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A list of the best selling novels in the US during the 1950s as reported by Publishers Weekly. This list ranges from 1950 through 1959. 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 50s, 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. 

What are the best selling novels of the 1950s? This list answers that question giving you full detail on the greatest selling books of the 1950s.

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A Certain Smile is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
A Certain Smile Françoise Sagan - Year in the Top Ten: 1956

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A woman called Fancy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
A woman called Fancy Frank Yerby - Year in the Top Ten: 1951

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Across the River and into the ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Across the River and into the Trees Ernest Hemingway - Year in the Top Ten: 1950

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Advise and Consent: A Novel of... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Advise and Consent Allen Drury - Year in the Top Ten: 1959

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Anatomy of a murder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Anatomy of a murder John D. Voelker - Year in the Top Ten: 1958

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Andersonville is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Andersonville MacKinlay Kantor - Years in the Top Ten: 1955, 1956

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Around the World with Auntie M... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Around the World with Auntie Mame Year in the Top Ten: 1958

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Atlas Shrugged is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand - Year in the Top Ten: 1957

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Auntie Mame is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Auntie Mame Patrick Dennis - Years in the Top Ten: 1955, 1956

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Battle Cry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Battle Cry Leon Uris - Year in the Top Ten: 1953

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Below the Salt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Below the Salt Thomas B. Costain - Year in the Top Ten: 1957

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Benton's Row is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Benton's Row Frank Yerby - Year in the Top Ten: 1954

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Beyond This Place is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Beyond This Place A. J. Cronin - Year in the Top Ten: 1953

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Blue camellia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Blue camellia Frances Parkinson Keyes - Year in the Top Ten: 1957

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Bonjour Tristesse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Bonjour Tristesse Françoise Sagan - Year in the Top Ten: 1955

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Boon Island is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Boon Island Kenneth Roberts - Year in the Top Ten: 1956

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By love possessed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
By love possessed James Gould Cozzens - Year in the Top Ten: 1957

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Compulsion is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Compulsion Meyer Levin - Year in the Top Ten: 1957

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Dear and Glorious Physician is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Dear and Glorious Physician Year in the Top Ten: 1959

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Desiree is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Desirée Roberta Gellis - Year in the Top Ten: 1953

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Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak - Years in the Top Ten: 1958, 1959

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Don't Go Near the Water is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Don't Go Near the Water Carolyn Sloan, William Brinkley - Year in the Top Ten: 1956

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East of Eden is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
East of Eden John Steinbeck - Year in the Top Ten: 1952

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Eloise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Eloise Kay Thompson - Year in the Top Ten: 1956

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Eloise at Christmastime is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Eloise at Christmastime Kay Thompson - Year in the Top Ten: 1958

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Eloise in Paris is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Eloise in Paris Kay Thompson - Year in the Top Ten: 1957

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Exodus is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Exodus Leon Uris - Year in the Top Ten: 1959

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Floodtide is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Floodtide Frank Yerby - Year in the Top Ten: 1950

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From Here to Eternity is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
From Here to Eternity James Jones - Years in the Top Ten: 1951, 1953

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From the Terrace is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
From the Terrace John O'Hara - Year in the Top Ten: 1958

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Giant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Giant Edna Ferber - Year in the Top Ten: 1952

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Hawaii is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Hawaii James A. Michener - Year in the Top Ten: 1959

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Ice Palace is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Ice Palace Edna Ferber - Year in the Top Ten: 1958

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Joy Street is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Joy Street Frances Parkinson Keyes - Year in the Top Ten: 1950

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Jubilee Trail is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Jubilee Trail Gwen Bristow - Year in the Top Ten: 1950

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Lady Chatterley's Lover is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Lady Chatterley's Lover D. H. Lawrence - Year in the Top Ten: 1959

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Lolita is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Lolita Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov - Years in the Top Ten: 1958, 1959

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Lord Vanity is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Lord Vanity Year in the Top Ten: 1953

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LOVE IS ETERNAL is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
LOVE IS ETERNAL Irving Stone - Year in the Top Ten: 1954

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Marjorie Morningstar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Marjorie Morningstar Herman Wouk - Year in the Top Ten: 1955

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Mary Anne is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Mary Anne Daphne du Maurier - Year in the Top Ten: 1954

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Melville Goodwin, USA is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Melville Goodwin, U.S.A. John P. Marquand - Year in the Top Ten: 1951

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Moses is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Moses Sholem Asch - Year in the Top Ten: 1951

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Mrs 'Arris Goes to Paris is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris Paul Gallico - Year in the Top Ten: 1959

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My Cousin Rachel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
My Cousin Rachel Daphne du Maurier - Year in the Top Ten: 1952

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Never Victorious, Never Defeat... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Never Victorious, Never Defeated Taylor Caldwell - Year in the Top Ten: 1954

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No time for sergeants is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
No time for sergeants Mac Hyman - Years in the Top Ten: 1954, 1955

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Not as a Stranger is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Not as a Stranger Morton Thompson - Years in the Top Ten: 1954, 1955

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On the Beach is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
On the Beach Nevil Shute - Year in the Top Ten: 1957

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Peyton Place is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
Peyton Place Grace Metalious - Years in the Top Ten: 1956, 1957