Between Two Worlds (novel)

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Between Two Worlds
First edition
Author Upton Sinclair
Country United States
Language English
Series Lanny Budd
Genre Historical novel
Publisher Viking Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 859 pp
Preceded by Worlds End
Followed by Dragon's Teeth

Between Two Worlds is the second novel in Upton Sinclair's Lanny Budd series. First published in 1941, the story covers the period from 1919 to 1929.


This volume deals with the aftermath of World War I in Europe during the 1920s (with the Beer Hall Putsch, the Italian fascist regime and some of the important conferences) and later the Roaring Twenties.

After two disastrous affairs with married women Lanny marries in the end a rich heiress from New York, Irma. In the climax Lanny covers his father's stock market margin call on Black Thursday, Oct 24th 1929, then insists that his father sell all his stocks the next market day, thus escaping the carnage of Black Tuesday. His efforts to save his wife's wealth were not quite as successful, and her uncle was wiped out.