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Best-selling Books of the 1920′s

A list of the #1 best-selling books from 1920 to 1929 according to Publisher’s Weekly magazine (post provided originally by

  • The Man of the Forest by Zane Grey (1920)
  • Main Street by Sinclair Lewis in (1921)
  • If Winter Comes by A. S. M. Hutchison (1922)
  • Black Oxen by Gertrude Atherton (1923)
  • So Big by Edna Ferber (1924)
  • Soundings by A. Hamilton Gibbs (1925)
  • The Private Life of Helen of Troy by John Erskine (1926)
  • Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis (1927)
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder ( 1928 )
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque ( 1929 )

Only one Sinclair Lewis achieve #1 status twice during the decade (in 1921 and 1927).


Tales of the Jazz Age

If you were taking a tour through the Jazz Age, there’s no better place to start than F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Held, Jr.

Fitzgerald’s literary works, from the Beautiful and the Damned to the Great Gatsby, captured the spirit of the age and Held’s illustrations for Life Magazine put it on display with a playful glamorous humor.

Their collaboration on the cover of Fitzgerald’s Tales of the Jazz Age seems not only appropriate, but somehow destined.