The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 1946

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This is a list of adult fiction books that topped The New York Times Fiction Best Seller list in 1946. The most popular title was The Hucksters which spent much of the latter half of the year (19 weeks) at the top of the list and a total of 35 weeks among the top 15. During its reign at the top, it was challenged, but never toppled, by two recognized classics, George Orwell's Animal Farm and Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men, neither of which ever reached the top spot.[1]

The King's General, a novel set during the English Civil War was Daphne du Maurier's sixth novel and first No. 1 bestseller since the list became a national survey in the US in 1942.
Date Book Author
January 6 The Black Rose Thomas Costain
January 13
January 20
January 27
February 3 The King's General Daphne du Maurier
February 10
February 17
February 24
March 3
March 10 Arch of Triumph Erich Maria Remarque
March 17 The King's General Daphne du Maurier
March 24 Arch of Triumph Erich Maria Remarque
March 31
April 7
April 14
April 21
April 28
May 5
May 12 This Side of Innocence Taylor Caldwell
May 19
May 26
June 2
June 9
June 16
June 23
June 30
July 7
July 14 The Hucksters Frederic Wakeman
July 21
July 28
August 4
August 11
August 18
August 25
September 1
September 8
September 15
September 22
September 29
October 6
October 13
October 20
October 27
November 3
November 10
November 17
November 24 East River Sholem Asch
December 1 B.F.'s Daughter John P. Marquand
December 8
December 15
December 22
December 29

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  1. ^ John Bear, The #1 New York Times Best Seller: intriguing facts about the 484 books that have been #1 New York Times bestsellers since the first list, 50 years ago, Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 1992. pp. 21-27