Top 10 Best Sellers 100 Years Ago

1920 is a hundred years ago already? Time flies with so much to read.

I was curious: what were the best-selling books 100 years ago in 1920? Thanks to this handy list from Publishers Weekly, I now know!

I have maybe heard of one or two of these titles, but seeing this book covers makes me want to check them out. Next time I’m gem-hunting at the antiques stores, I’ll keep my eyes peeled.

Remember: 1920 was still the era of the silent movie. Most of these were snatched up for conversion into silent film, a medium hungry for content, much like the Netflix of today, only with more eyeliner.


#10 Harriet and the Piper by Kathleen Norris

#9 The Lamp in the Desert by Ethel M. Dell

#8 The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim

#7 The Portygee by Joseph C. Lincoln

#6 Mary-Marie by Eleanor H. Porter

#5 A Man for the Ages by Irving Bacheller

#4 The River’s End by James Oliver Curwood

#3 The Re-Creation of Brian Kent by Harold Bell Wright

#2 Kindred of the Dust by Peter B. Kyne

#1 The Man of the Forest by Zane Grey

How About You?

Which of these top 10 best sellers from 1920 would you most likely give a chance 100 years later?

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