Books: Books of the Year

Irving Harlow Hart, director of the extension division of Iowa State Teachers' College, has been making statistical analyses of each year's-best-selling novels since 1895. Last week in Publishers' Weekly he made known some surprising findings:

¶ Most popular novel published in the U. S. in the past 37 years is Quo Vadis, written by Polish Henryk Sienkiewicz.

¶ Only last year did Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth nose Edward Noyes Westcott's David Harum out of second place.

¶ Fourth and fifth places go to Sinclair Lewis' Main Street and Arthur Stuart Menteth...

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