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  • The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 1948

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    This is a list of adult fiction books that topped The New York Times Fiction Best Seller list in 1948. The American publisher Bennett Cerf noted that there had been "only three novels published in 1948 that were worth reading ... Cry, The Beloved Country, The Ides of March, and The Naked and the Dead." Only Cry did not top the list that year. A total of ten other novels did, however, with most titles spending only a few weeks at the top. The strongest performing title was The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer's first best seller, published when he was just 25 years old, which spent 19 weeks at Number 1 and more than 6 months in the top 10. It was the first "big" novel about World War II, based on his own experiences. The Ides of March was by Thornton Wilder and it spent 2 weeks at Number 1 but only 13 weeks in the top 15. The year ended with The Big Fisherman heading the list, Lloyd C. Douglas's follow-up to his huge 1942 best seller, The Robe. Date Book Author January 3 House Divided Ben Ames Williams January 10 January 17 January 24 January 31 February 7 East Side, West Side Marcia Davenport February 14 February 21 House Divided Ben Ames Williams February 28 March 7 Eagle in the Sky Van Wyck Mason March 14 March 21 March 28 April 4 The Ides of March Thornton Wilder April 11 Eagle in the Sky Van Wyck Mason April 18 The Ides of March Thornton Wilder April 25 Raintree County Ross Lockridge May 2 May 9 unknown; not clear from source May 16 Raintree County Ross Lockridge May 23 Pilgrim's Inn Elizabeth Goudge May 30 Raintree County Ross Lockridge June 6 Pilgrim's Inn Elizabeth Goudge June 13 June 20 The Naked and the Dead Norman Mailer June 27 July 4 July 11 July 18 July 25 August 1 August 8 August 15 August 22 August 29 September 5 Shannon's Way A. J. Cronin September 12 September 19 The Naked and the Dead Norman Mailer September 26 Shannon's Way A. J. Cronin October 3 The Naked and the Dead Norman Mailer October 10 October 17 October 24 October 31 November 7 The Young Lions Irwin Shaw November 14 The Naked and the Dead Norman Mailer November 21 November 28 The Young Lions Irwin Shaw December 5 December 12 December 19 The Big Fisherman Lloyd C. Douglas December 26

  • The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 1943

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    This is a list of adult fiction books that topped The New York Times Fiction Best Seller list in 1943. Only three titles topped the list in 1943. The most popular was The Robe, by Lloyd Douglas, which started the year at the top of the list and only dropped to number two for one week in March to Mrs. Parkington, by Louis Bromfield, before finally ceding the top spot to So Little Time, by John P. Marquand, in mid-October. Marquand's satirical novel stayed at the top of the list for the rest of the year. After The Robe was toppled, it still remained near the top of the chart for two more years. Thus very early in the history of the NYT best seller list, The Robe set the record as the adult fiction title with the longest run on the list, and it continued to hold the record at least until 1992. The book returned to the bestseller list in 1953 when a film of the same name was released. By 1975, The Robe had sold more than 3.7 million copies. Date Book Author January 3 The Robe Lloyd Douglas January 10 January 17 January 24 January 31 February 7 February 14 February 21 February 28 March 7 March 14 Mrs. Parkington Louis Bromfield March 21 The Robe Lloyd Douglas March 28 April 4 April 11 April 18 April 25 May 2 May 9 May 16 May 23 May 30 June 6 June 13 June 20 June 27 July 4 July 11 July 18 July 25 August 1 August 8 August 15 August 22 August 29 September 5 September 12 September 19 September 26 October 3 October 10 October 17 So Little Time John P. Marquand October 24 October 31 November 7 November 14 November 21 November 28 December 5 December 12 December 19 December 26

  • The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 1963

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    This is a list of adult fiction books that topped The New York Times Fiction Best Seller list in 1963. The list is notable for being blank for part of the winter as the New York Times, like many other newspapers in the city, worked its way through a major newspaper strike. When the strike ended in March, the political thriller Seven Days in May led the list, having also been at the top at the start of the strike in December 1962. It lasted there only one week before being overtaken by J.D. Salinger's second No. 1 bestseller in 18 months, the anthologized novellas, "Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters" and "Seymour: An Introduction". Salinger's book led the list for 14 weeks through the spring of 1963. Daphne du Maurier's The Glass-Blowers then spent six weeks on the list, followed by Morris West's novel about the Vatican, The Shoes of the Fisherman (14 weeks). On October 6, Shoes gave way to Mary McCarthy's semi-autobiographical novel The Group, which would spend the next 20 weeks at the top, closing out the year. Date Book Author January 6 Not published due to the Newspaper Strike January 13 January 20 January 27 February 3 February 10 February 17 February 24 March 3 Seven Days in May Fletcher Knebel March 10 Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters J. D. Salinger March 17 March 24 March 31 April 7 April 14 April 21 April 28 May 5 May 12 May 19 The Glass-Blowers Daphne du Maurier May 26 June 2 June 9 June 16 June 23 June 30 The Shoes of the Fisherman Morris West July 7 July 14 July 21 July 28 August 4 August 11 August 18 August 25 September 1 September 8 September 15 September 22 September 29 October 6 The Group Mary McCarthy October 13 October 20 October 27 November 3 November 10 November 17 November 24 December 1 December 8 December 15 December 22 December 29}

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