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Popular Culture and Working-Class Taste in Britain, 1930-39A Round of Cheap Diversions?$

Robert James

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719080258

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719080258.001.0001

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(p.244) Appendix III: Patterns of literature popularity

(p.244) Appendix III: Patterns of literature popularity

Source:
Popular Culture and Working-Class Taste in Britain, 1930-39
Publisher:
Manchester University Press

Source: All material taken from Ronald F. Batty, How to Run a Twopenny Library (London: John Gifford, 1938).

Names in bold are mentioned in more than one genre category.

Novels

Michael Arlen

Louis Golding

Beverley Nicols

Vicki Baum

Winifred Graham

Kathleen Norris

Rex Beach

A.P. Herbert

Katie O’Brien

Neil Bell

Robert Hichens

Gertrude Page

Arnold Bennett

James Hilton

Eden Phillpotts

Phyllis Bentley

Joseph Hocking

J.B. Priestley

Ursula Bloom

Michael Home

Ernest Raymond

Ethel Boileau

Fanny Hurst

Cecil Roberts

John Buchan

Baroness Von Hutten

M. De La Roche

Pearl S. Clark

Naomi Jacob

B.K. Seymour

Gideon Clark

Robert Keable

R.C. Sherriff

J. Conrad

Sinclair Lewis

Lady Eleanor Smith

A.J. Cronin

Eric Linklater

Sheila Kaye-Smith

Lewis Cox

D.M. Locke

Helen Z. Smith

Clemence Dane

William J. Locke

H. De Vere Stacpoole

Ricjard Dehan

Rose Macaulay

G.B. Stern

Maurice Dekobra

Patrick Macgill

A.G. Street

O. Douglas

Denis Mackail

Netta Syrett

Theodore Dreiser

Compton Mackenzie

Sylvia Thompson

Rosita Forbes

Stephen McKenna

M. Walsh

Susan Ertz

Ethel Mannin

Russell Thorndike

L. Feutalwanger

W. Somerset Maugham

Hugh Walpole

Gilbert Frankau

L.G. Moberley

Dennis Wheatley

John Galsworthy

L.M. Montgomery

Pamela Wynne

Anthony Gibbs

C. Morgan

Dornford Yates

Sir Philip Gibbs

R.H. Mottram

F. Brett Young

(p.245)

Love and romance

Cecil Adair

Maysie Greig

Grace S. Richmond

Ruby M. Ayres

Helena Grose

Florence Riddell

Faith Baldwin

Mabel Barnes Grundy

Denise Robins

Jean Barre

Ian Hay

Effie Adelaide Rowlands

Rex Beach

Anne Hepple

Berta Ruck

Dorothy Black

Muriel Hine

Rafael Sabatini

Charlotte M. Brame

E.M. Hull

Oliver Sandys

Elizabeth Carfrae

Joan Kennedy

Juanita Savage

Barbara Cartland

Margaret Kennedy

E.W. Savi

H.M.E. Clamp

Annabel Lee

Renee Shane

Isabel Clark

Sheila MacDonald

H. De Vere Stacpoole

Sophie Cole

Netta Muskett

Nora K. Strange

Joan Conquest

Rachel Swete Macnamara

Joan Sutherland

Lewis Cox

Louise Jordan Miln

Annie S. Swan

Victoria Cross

L.M. Montgomery

Paul Trent

Simon Dare

Emmeline Morrison

Valentine

Warwick Deeping

Geoffrey Moss

Olive Wadsley

Ethel M. Dell

Baroness Orczy

Marjorie Warby

Anne Duffield

Gertrude Page

Dolf Wyllarde

Alice Eustace

Margaret Pedler

Pamela Wynne

Jeffery Farnol

Margaret Peterson

Dornford Yates

Louise Gerand

Marjorie M. Price

Elinor Glyn

Kathlyn Rhodes

Detective and mystery

A.J. Alan

S.S. Van Dine

Vernon Loder

H. Adams

F. Everton

Philip Macdonald

L. Allan

Richard Essex

Wyndham Martyn

M. Allingham

Gerard Fairlie

A.E.W. Mason

John Arnold

J. Jefferson Farjeon

Walter S. Masterman

Francis Beeding

John Ferguson

E. Phillips Oppenheim

E.C. Bentley

Errol Fitzgerald

Frank L. Packard

Anthony Berkely

J.S. Fletcher

Ellery Queen

Ben Bolt

Brian Flynn

John Rhode

John C. Brandon

R. Austin Freeman

Sax Rohmer

M. Burton

Erle S. Gardner

R. Rodd

John Dickson Carr

Arthur Gask

Anthony Rolls

Leslie Charteris

Francis Gerard

Dorothy L. Sayers

Agatha Christie

Anthony Gilbert

SeaMark

G.D.H. Cole

Sinclair Gluck

Bram Stoker

M. Cole

Bruce Graeme

Sir Basil Thomson

Gilbert Collins

C.F. Gregg

Gerald Vermer

J.J. Connington

Henry Holt

Roy Vickers

Freeman Wills Crofts

Sydney Horler

E. Charles Vivian

Roland Daniel

Francis Iles

J.M. Walsh

Earl Derr Biggers

Edgar Jepson

Valentine Williams

Carter Dickson

Harry Stephen Keeler

George Dihot

Milward Kennedy

(p.246)

Western

Robert Ames Bennett

Jackson Gregory

W. Macleod Raine

Buck Billings

Zane Grey

Wallace Q. Reid

Max Brand

A.G. Hales

F.C. Robertson

F.R. Buckley

Ernest Haycox

Geo. B. Rodney

R.O. Case

James B. Hendryx

Charles Wesley Sanders

Jackson Cole

W.D. Hoffman

Charles Alden Seltzer

Eli Colter

George M. Johnson

J.S. Sisco

Dane Coolidge

Alan Le May

Charles H. Snow

Courtney Ryder Cooper

William Colt MacDonald

Oliver Strange

Hamilton Craigie

E.B. Mann

W.C. Tuttle

C. Culley

Gary Marshall

Clem Yore

Ridgwell Cullum

Amos Moore

Gordon Ray Young

C. Dangerfield

Clarence Mulford

Daniel Ward

Hal Dunning

G.W. Ogden

W.B.M. Ferguson

H. Pendexter

(p.247) Adventure

Luke Allan

Jeffery Farnol

Rafael Sabatini

A. Armstrong

Rupert Grayson

‘Sapper’

Bartimeus

Peter B. Kyne

‘Taffrail’

Ottwell Binns

Jack London

Louis Tracy

Ben Bolt

Stephen Maddock

Gordon Volk

John Buchan

V. Markham

Edgar Wallace

Edgar Rice Burroughs

L.W. Meynell

P.C. Wren

A.D. Divine

Talbot Mundy

Henry Edmonds

Baroness Orczy

Modern novels

Richard Aldington

Eve Ellin

Mary Mitchell

Carmen Barnes

Warner Fabian

Liam O’Flaherty

Vera Brittain

Ernest Hemingway

Evadne Price

Eve Chaucer

Aldous Huxley

Marguerite Steen

D.H. Clark

Norah C. James

L.A.G. Strong

Colette

F.A. Kumner

Evelyn Waugh

Vina Delmar

D.H. Lawrence

Mae West

Jean Devanny

Margery Lawrence

J. Van Druten

R. Lehmann

Air and war stories

R. Aldington

Ian Hay

Graham Seton

Covington Clarke

Flying Officer W.E. Johns

E.W. Springs

Humphrey Cobb

W.F. Morris

Capt. A.O. Pollard

Col. Laurence Driggs

W. Saint-Maude

Gilbert Frankau

George E. Rochester

Humorous

K.R.G. Browne

Keble Howard

A.A. Thomson

Joan Butler

W.W. Jacobs

Ben Travers

Richmal Crompton

Herbert Jenkins

P.G. Wodehouse

Ian Hay

Jerome K. Jerome

Dornford Yates

Author rankings (1)

(p.248)

Rank

Author (inc. titles available)

1

Edgar Wallace (100)

2

Warwick Deeping (41)

3

E.P. Oppenheim (38)

4

P.G. Wodehouse (32)

5

A.G. Hales (28)

6

Margaret Peterson (26)

7

Joan Sutherland (25)

=8

Ruby M. Ayres (24)

=8

Edgar Rice Burroughs (24)

=8

W.J. Locke (24)

11

Ethel M. Dell (23)

12

Sax Rohmer (18)

=13

Richmal Crompton (14)

=13

Jeffery Farnol (14)

15

Elinor Glyn (13)

16

Marie Corelli (9)

Source: All material taken from T.E. Callender, ‘The Twopenny Library’, Library Association Record, March 1933.

Author rankings (2)

(p.249)

Rank

Author (inc. titles available)

1

Edgar Wallace (101)

2

E.P. Oppenheim (75)

=3

J.S. Fletcher (56)

=3

E.M. Savi (56

5

Warwick Deeping (46)

6

Sydney Horler (45)

7

P.G. Wodehouse (72)

8

A.G. Hales (38)

9

Denise Robins (36)

10

Kathleen Norris (34)

11

F.E. Mills Young (33)

=12

Charlotte M. Brame (31)

=12

Paul Trent (31)

=14

Sophie Cole (26–30)

=14

Ethel M. Dell (26–30)

=14

Zane Grey (26–30)

=14

H. Rider Haggard (26–30)

=14

W.J. Locke (26–30)

=14

Margaret Peterson (26–30)

=14

E. Adelaide Rowlands (26–30)

=14

Rafael Sabatini (26–30)

=14

Joan Sutherland (26–30)

=23

Ruby M. Ayres (21–25)

=23

Jeffery Farnol (21–25)

=23

Louise Gerard (21–25)

=23

Sax Rohmer (21–25)

=27

Edgar Rice Burroughs (16–20)

=27

Elizabeth Carfrae (16–20)

=27

Marie Corelli (16–20)

=27

Richmal Crompton (16–20)

=27

‘Sapper’ (16–20)

=32

Elinor Glyn (10–15)

=32

Deirdre O’Brien (10–15)

=32

Marjorie M. Price (10–15)

=35

Charles Garvice (0–8)

=35

Nat Gould (0–8)

Source: All material taken from Garfield Howe, ‘What the Public Likes’, The Bookseller, 19 June 1935.