#TBT: 1929-1930

Popular Books Published in 1929 & 1930


The Sound and the Fury / William Faulkner

Retells the tragic times of the Compson family, including beautiful, rebellious Caddy; manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their Black servant. (FIC FAULKNER)


A Farewell to Arms / Ernest Hemingway

The epic love story of American ambulance driver Frederic Henry and British nurse Catherine Barkley, drawn together yet torn apart by the tides of war in Italy during the First World War. (FIC HEMINGWAY)


Passing / Nella Larsen

First published in 1929, Passing is a remarkable exploration of the shifting racial and sexual boundaries in America. Larsen, a premier writer of the Harlem Renaissance, captures the rewards and dangers faced by two negro women who pass for white in a deeply segregated world. (FIC LARSEN)

All Quiet on the Western Front / Erich Maria Remarque

The testament of Paul Baumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I, illuminates the savagery and futility of war. (FIC REMARQUE)


Look Homeward, Angel / Thomas Wolfe

Wolfe’s largely autobiographical novel features Eugene Gant, who pines for a more expansive life after being born to a father whose bouts of maniacal raving are fueled by a prodigious appetite for drink. (FIC WOLFE, THOMAS)



Angus and the Ducks / Marjorie Flack

A curious Scotch terrier decides to investigate the strange noise coming from the other side of the hedge. (E FLACK)

The Maltese Falcon / Dashiell Hammett

Sam Spade’s partner is murdered while working on a case, and it is Spade’s responsibility to find the killer. In his search, Spade runs mortal risks as he comes closer to the answer. (FIC HAMMETT)


Not Without Laughter / Langston Hughes

Depicts a Black family’s attempts to deal with life in a small Kansas town. (FIC HUGHES)



The Little Engine That Could / Watty Piper

Although she is not very big, the Little Blue Engine agrees to try to pull a stranded train full of toys over the mountain. (E PIPER)



Did you know? Pine-Sol cleaner was invented in 1929.

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