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Best-Selling Women Authors of the 1930s

In troubled economic times, books (and movies) serve as means of comfort and escape. Here we will explore what Americans were reading during the era of the Great Depression, and which women authors of the 1930s appeared on U.S. bestseller lists.

Shown at right, one of the era’s prominent female authors, Daphne du Maurier.

As we know, books that make it to bestseller lists aren’t necessarily the ones that endure as classics. I had no idea what to expect when I explored the lists of top 10 best selling novels for each of the years of the 1930s, but what I did find floored me!

At least 40 percent of the 100 best-selling novels of that decade were by women authors, and of those, many have endured and have become classics. Read More→

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