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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. 

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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