... Word Pangs. Note Bestseller Minds . I think this is true of a certain kind of best-seller, the sort best-described as cotton candy for the mind. But best-sellers tend to be a mixed bag at all times. Here is the list of best-sellers between 1910 and 1919. Ellen Glasgow, Booth Tarkington and H.G. Wells all made it. Notice that in 1917 and 1918 the poems of Alan Seeger made the list. Does anyone remember Alan Seeger? I do because his most famous poem was in all my grade-school poetry text books. T.S. Eliot also remembered him: Biography of Alan Seeger.