Classic & Best Selling Fiction of the 20th Century
From the Utica, NY Public Library, this is a comprehensive list, culled from several sources, of best selling and classic fiction from the 20th century. Some of the listed works are considered literary treasures, while others are labeled as commercially successful pulp fiction and are disregarded by the literary elite. Many titles became best sellers because they were highly controversial and attained the label of “banned books.” Some became best sellers long after they were originally published. Regardless of the reason, all the novels on this list are classic fiction or were successful best sellers and have contributed to the sum total of publishing , literary, and pop culture history in the 20th century.