Fiction The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s  

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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
Françoise Sagan - Year in the Top Ten: 1956

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25
Eloise at Christmastime is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
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
Kay Thompson - Year in the Top Ten: 1957

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

28
Floodtide is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
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
James Jones - Years in the Top Ten: 1951, 1953

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

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

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

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

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

36
Lady Chatterley's Lover is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
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
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov - Years in the Top Ten: 1958, 1959

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

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

40
Marjorie Morningstar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1950s
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
Daphne du Maurier - Year in the Top Ten: 1954

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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