Top 10 Best Selling Books of 20th Century

top ten best selling books of 20th centuryThere are many authors who have published many books but all of them did not catch the market as few others like To Kill a Mocking Bird did. To become well accepted a volume needs to be well plot, catchy story line and some strong themes fitting the characters and the narration. Here is the list of top ten best selling books of 20th century which were not only praise worthy but have also been adopted into movies and video games.

List of 10 Best Selling Books of 20th Century

1. To Kill a Mocking Bird

2. Nineteen Eighty Four

3. The Catcher in the Rye

4. The Lord of the Rings

5. The Great Gatsby

6. Animal Farm

7. Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

8. Catch 22

9. The Diary of a Young Girl

10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Top Ten Best Selling Books of 20th Century

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1. To Kill a Mocking Bird

Published in 1960, To Kill a Mocking Bird was written by Harper Lee. The book ranks no.1 among the top ten best selling books of 20th century since it hit the market as soon as it was made public. The novel is renowned for its warmth and humour, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality and has become a classic in the modern American literature. Racial injustice and destruction of innocence is the theme that revolves round the book.

2. Nineteen Eighty Four

A dystopian and satirical novel set in Oceania, Nineteen Eighty Four was authored by George Orwell and was open in the market in 1949. It is a classic novel in plot, style and content since it is a literary political and dystopian science-fiction. The 326 pages book has the themes of nationalism, futurology, censorship and surveillance.

3. The Catcher in the Rye

Included on Time’s 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923, The Catcher in the Rye is a novel by J.D Salinger in 1951 with a significant cultural influence. With themes of teenage confusion, angst, alienation and rebellion, the book has become famous among adolescent readers though it was originally published for adults.

4. The Lord of the Rings

Written by philologist and university of Oxford professor J.R.R Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel. The novel has been published in three volumes and was so well accepted throughout the globe that even a movie based on it was released later. Till date over 150 million of copies have been sold out and has been translated into various languages.

5. The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is a novel whose story line is set from spring to autumn 1922 during the Roaring Twenties of United States. It was written by the American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and currently is regarded as a “Great American Novel” and a literary classic. Even the Modern Library named it as the second best English language novel of the 20th century.

6. Animal Farm

Placed at number 31 on the Modern Library List of the Best 20th Century Novel, Animal Farm is an allegorical novella by George Orwell. The novel addresses not only the corruption of the revolution by its leaders but also how wickedness, indifference, ignorance, greed and myopia corrupt the revolution. It portrays corrupt leadership as the flaw in revolution, rather than the act of revolution itself. For such a solid theme the book won a Retrospective Hugo Award in 1996 and has been included in the Great Books of the Western World.

7. Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Often abbreviated as “HHGTTG” or H2G2, Hitch hiker’s guide to the galaxy is a science friction comedy series created by Douglas Adams. The title is the name of a fictional, lunatic, electronic travel guide. Based on the volume a film was released in 2005 and it has been included in the list of top ten best selling books of 20th century.

8. Catch 22

Catch 22 is a sardonic and historical novel which follows Captain John Yossarian, a US Army Air Force B-25. The volume was authored by Joseph Heller and was published in 1961. The volume is set during the World War II in 1943 and uses a distinctive non-chronological third person omniscient narration. With themes such as perversion of notions of right or wrong and the question of what is right to do in a moral-social, the book has been quoted as one of the great literary works of the twentieth century.

9. The Diary of a Young Girl

First published under the title Het Achterhuis, The Diary of a young girl is a volume from the Dutch Language diary kept by Anne Frank. The book narrates the days of Anne when she was hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherland. Its popularity inspired the 1955 play “The Diary of Anne Frank”.

10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Written by J.K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone is the first volume of the Harry Potter series which became very popular as soon as it was published. The novel gained so much popularity across nations that later it was adapted as movies.

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