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Nov 1, 2007, 9:31am Top

The twenties were beginning to roar. My grandparents got married at the ages of 25 and sweet 16.

1. Main Street, Sinclair Lewis 753 copies on LT

2. The Brimming Cup, Dorothy Canfield 21 copies

3. The Mysterious Rider, Zane Grey 19 copies

4. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton 2,464 copies

5. The Valley of Silent Men, James Oliver Curwood 6 copies

6. The Sheik, Edith M. Hull 40 copies

7. A Poor Wise Man, Mary Roberts Rinehart 6 copies

8. Her Father's Daughter, Gene Stratton Porter 35 copies

9. The Sisters-in-Law, Gertrude Atherton 0 copies

10. The Kingdom Round the Corner, Coningsby Dawson 2 copies on LT listing author as W.D. Dawson Same person??

I have The Age of Innocence on my TBR pile. The movie was very lush if a little slow for some tastes. Great costumes.

Nov 1, 2007, 4:21pm Top

I own The Brimming Cup and Her Father's Daughter. By today's standards, that one is incredibly racist -- the bad guys are "Japs" infiltrating the high school to spy on Americans. But it does contain wonderful descriptions of Los Angeles and the surrounding countryside as "Paradise" -- makes you realize how much was lost to urbanization in Southern CA.

Nov 2, 2007, 7:04am Top

>1 varielle: I also have The Age of Innocence as a TBR :) I haven't seen the movie, though....

Nov 2, 2007, 8:54am Top

The Brimming Cup is one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors.

>1 varielle:, 3
It is in my TBR also!!! I have really loved the other Wharton books I've read.

Nov 3, 2007, 12:11am Top

I got nothing.

Nov 3, 2007, 12:34pm Top

Forgot to mention that I have also read Main Street.

Shortride, your local library probably has either #1 or #4 or something else by one of these authors. Try it, you might like it! :)

Nov 3, 2007, 5:27pm Top

Nov 3, 2007, 9:03pm Top

>1 varielle:, 6

So when/where are we having a Group Read of The Age of Innocence? ;) :)

Nov 3, 2007, 9:52pm Top

Sounds good to me, digifish_fish! ;) :)

Nov 25, 2007, 3:19pm Top

Have read The Age of Innocence & loved it.

Edited: Mar 7, 2008, 9:02am Top

US Non-Fiction

1. The Outline of History, H. G. Wells 456 copies on LT

2. White Shadows in the South Seas, Frederick O'Brien 8 copies

3. The Mirrors of Downing Street, A Gentleman with a Duster (pseudonym for Harold Begbie) 0 copies

4. The Autobiography of Margot Asquith, Margot Asquith 12 copies

5. Peace Negotiations, Robert Lansing 8 copies

Some of these seem to have hung in there year after year.

Edited: Mar 7, 2008, 1:05pm Top

Certainly The outline of History was a persistent seller. And I did own it at one time, undoubtedly a later edition.

Apr 12, 2008, 9:05pm Top

Anyone who grew up in a small town and hated it will probably like Main Street.

Zane Grey! The Old Western novelist, not far behind on the list, but receding into the mists of time. Those were books a man could read without being embarrassed.

Gene Stratton Porter -- another popular writer now off the radar. Interesting that she and Wharton wrote at the same time, as they appear to be quite different.

Apr 12, 2008, 9:29pm Top

I think Edith Wharton was concerned with the relationships between her characters, and used her settings to reflect them, while Gene Stratton-Porter was really more interested in the natural world around her, and a lot of her stories have almost more to do with the relationships between her characters and the natural world than they do with the characters' interpersonal relationships.

Apr 12, 2008, 9:55pm Top

6: The LibriVox version of Main Street is one of my current audiobooks.

Apr 23, 2008, 6:02pm Top

I have read The age of Innocence but I don't own it.

Mar 28, 2009, 1:28am Top

I saw a copy of The sheik once but it didn't appeal to me at all. It's what the 1920s considered a really sexy novel.

Edited: Mar 28, 2009, 10:11am Top


Regarding the number of copies on LT, are you looking at the work pages?

For instance, you list 19 copies for The mysterious rider, but I see 47 on the work page.

Searching by title brings back only limited results, the true number of copies (assuming correct combining) will be on the work page.

Mar 28, 2009, 10:45pm Top

True, but considering that I was trying to count these up in November of 2007, many books could have come and gone since then.

Jul 13, 2010, 7:55am Top

I have read The Sheik by Edith M. Hull and it really was frightfully dull. Rudolph Valentino starred in an early film version which caused a scandal and a semsation, and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about so I ordered the book from the library. I was about 13 when I read it - back in the 70s let me hasten to add, not at the time it was written - and even then found it boring and obtuse.

Jul 18, 2010, 7:39pm Top

Gathering info on works formerly with 0 copies in LT,
Gertrude Atherton's The "Sisters-in-Law" now has 2 copies in LT. Harold Begbie's book, The Mirrors of Downing Street : some political reflections has 5 coipies.

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