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The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s 

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Updated June 14, 2019 22.6k views 93 items
A list of the best selling novels in the US during the 1920's as reported by Publishers Weekly. This list ranges from 1920 through 1929. 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 20'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.
list ordered by
1
A Gentleman of Courage ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
James Oliver Curwood
Year in the Top Ten: 1924
2
A Good Woman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Danielle Steel
Year in the Top Ten: 1927
3
A Man for the Ages is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Irving Bacheller
Year in the Top Ten: 1920
4
A Poor Wise Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Year in the Top Ten: 1921
5
After noon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Susan Ertz
Year in the Top Ten: 1926
6
All Kneeling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Anne Parrish
Year in the Top Ten: 1928
7
All Quiet on the Western... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Erich Maria Remarque
Year in the Top Ten: 1929
8
Arrowsmith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Sinclair Lewis
Year in the Top Ten: 1925
9
Babbitt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Sinclair Lewis
Years in the Top Ten: 1922, 1923
10
Bad Girl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
ViƱa Delmar
Year in the Top Ten: 1928
11
Beau Geste is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
P. C. Wren
Year in the Top Ten: 1926
12
Beau Sabreur is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
P. C. Wren
Year in the Top Ten: 1926
13
Black oxen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Gertrude Atherton
Year in the Top Ten: 1923
14
Claire Ambler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Booth Tarkington
Year in the Top Ten: 1928
15
Dark Hester is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Year in the Top Ten: 1929
16
Dodsworth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Sinclair Lewis
Year in the Top Ten: 1929
17
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Warwick Deeping
Year in the Top Ten: 1927
18
Elmer Gantry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Sinclair Lewis
Year in the Top Ten: 1927
19
Gentle Julia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Booth Tarkington
Year in the Top Ten: 1922
20
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Anita Loos, Joseph Fields, Anita Loos
Year in the Top Ten: 1926
21
Glorious Apollo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Elizabeth Louisa Moresby
Year in the Top Ten: 1925
22
Harriet and the Piper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Kathleen Norris
Year in the Top Ten: 1920
23
Her Father's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Gene Stratton-Porter
Year in the Top Ten: 1921
24
His Children's Children ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Arthur Cheney Train
Year in the Top Ten: 1923
25
If winter comes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1920s
Susan Kyle
Year in the Top Ten: 1922