Mikhail Sholokhov's novel And Quiet Flows the Don («Тихий Дон») begins serialization in the Soviet magazine Oktyabr.
Ford Madox Ford publishes Last Post in the U.K., last in his World War I tetralogy Parade's End published since 1924.
March 31 – Stockholm Public Library, designed by Gunnar Asplund, is opened.
April 19 – Publication of the Oxford English Dictionary is completed.
Spring – George Orwell moves from London to Paris; his first articles as a professional writer are published later in the year.
June – The literary magazine Contemporáneos is first published in Mexico by Jaime Torres Bodet, giving a name to the group Los Contemporáneos.
June 27 – English writer Evelyn Waugh marries Evelyn Gardner (daughter of Lady Winifred Burghclere) in St Paul's Church, Portman Square, London, with only Harold Acton, Alec Waugh (the author's brother) and Pansy Pakenham present and they make their home in a small flat in Canonbury Square, Islington. In September the author's first completed novel, the satire Decline and Fall, is published by Chapman & Hall (of which his father Arthur is managing director); it reaches its 3rd printing by the end of the year. The marriage lasts until the following September.
July – D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover is published in Florence; it will not be published in an unexpurgated edition in Britain until 1960.
August 31 – The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper), adapted by Bertolt Brecht, Elisabeth Hauptmann and composer Kurt Weill (with set designer Caspar Neher) from The Beggar's Opera, receives its première at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm in Berlin with Harald Paulsen and Lotte Lenya in the principal rôles.
S. S. Van Dine publishes "Twenty Rules for Writing Detective Stories" in The American Magazine.
Leslie Charteris publishes Meet the Tiger in the U.K., the first adventure of Simon Templar, alias The Saint. Charteris will write dozens of novels and short stories featuring the character on a regular basis between 1928 and 1963, and others will continue the series until 1983.
September 21 – The Gorseth Kernow is set up at Boscawen-Un in Cornwall by Henry Jenner ("Gwas Myghal") and others.
October – Publication of 'Siburapha' (Kulap Saipradit)'s Luk Phu Chai ("A Real Man"), perhaps the first substantial original Thai novel.
Autumn – W. H. Auden goes to Berlin, where he is soon joined by Christopher Isherwood.
November–December – Erich Maria Remarque's antiwar novel All Quiet on the Western Front (Im Westen nichts Neues) is first published in the German newspaper Vossische Zeitung. Hans Herbert Grimm's Schlump is published (anonymously) by Kurt Wolff in Berlin this year also.
November 1 – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, President of Turkey, introduces the modern 29-letter Turkish alphabet to replace the Ottoman Turkish alphabet as the official writing system for the Turkish language.
November 6 – Xu Zhimo writes his poem 再別康橋 (simplified Chinese 再别康桥, Zài Bié Kāngqiáo, "On Leaving Cambridge Once More").
November 9–16 – Radclyffe Hall's novel The Well of Loneliness (published on July 27 by Jonathan Cape in London with an appreciation by Havelock Ellis) is tried and convicted on the grounds of obscenity (under the Hicklin test) due to its theme of lesbian love following a campaign by James Douglas in the Sunday Express newspaper. Other lesbian literature published in England this year remains unprosecuted: Elizabeth Bowen's novel The Hotel, Virginia Woolf's fictional Orlando: A Biography and Compton MacKenzie's satirical Extraordinary Women; Djuna Barnes' novel Ladies Almanack, published in Paris, also alludes to the controversy.
December 9 – R. C. Sherriff's drama Journey's End, set on the Western Front (World War I), is premièred by the Incorporated Stage Society at the Apollo Theatre in London with Laurence Olivier in a principal rôle.
December 19 – Italo Svevo (Aron Schmitz), returning from an Alpine health resort to Trieste, is involved in an automobile accident; he dies the next day leaving his novel Il Vegliardo ("The Old Man") unfinished in mid-word.
Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay's novel Pather Panchali first appears as a serial in a Calcutta periodical.
The clerihew, the comic pseudo-biographical verse form associated with Edmund Clerihew Bentley, is mentioned in print for the first time.
It is estimated that one in four of all secular books printed and sold in England is written by Edgar Wallace.
Mikheil Javakhishvili – Giwi Shaduri
Mário de Andrade – Munacaima
Giovanni Battista Angioletti – Il giorno del giudizio
Leslie Barringer – Joris of the Rock
Charles William Beebe – Beneath Tropic Seas
Henry Bellamann – Crescendo
André Breton – Nadja
Morley Callaghan – Strange Fugitive
Agatha Christie – The Mystery of the Blue Train
Colette – Break of Day (La Naissance du jour)
Frank Parker Day – Rockbound
Franklin W. Dixon – Hunting for Hidden Gold
W. E. B. Du Bois – Dark Princess
Ephesian (C. E. Bechhofer Roberts) – This Side Idolatry
Rudolph Fisher – The Walls of Jericho
Esther Forbes – A Mirror for Witches
Ford Madox Ford – Last Post
E. M. Forster – The Eternal Moment and Other Stories
August Gailit – Toomas Nipernaadi
Reşat Nuri Güntekin – Yeşil Gece
Radclyffe Hall – The Well of Loneliness
Thea von Harbou – The Rocket to the Moon
Georgette Heyer – The Masqueraders
Aldous Huxley – Point Counter Point
Ilf and Petrov – The Twelve Chairs (Двенадцать стульев, Dvenadtsat stulyev)
Joseph Kessel – Belle de Jour
Kwee Tek Hoay – Drama dari Krakatau (serialization)
Selma Lagerlöf – Anna Svärd
Nella Larsen – Quicksand
D. H. Lawrence – Lady Chatterley's Lover
Claude McKay – Home To Harlem
W. Somerset Maugham – Ashenden: Or the British Agent
Abdul Muis – Salah Asuhan
Dhan Gopal Mukerji – Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon
Vladimir Nabokov (as V. Sirin) – King, Queen, Knave (Король, дама, валет, Korol', dama, valet)
Baroness Orczy – Skin o' My Tooth
Anthony Powell – The Barnard Letters
Premchand – Nirmala
Jenaro Prieto – The Partner
Erich Maria Remarque – All Quiet on the Western Front
E. Arnot Robertson – Cullum
Siegfried Sassoon – Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man
Dorothy L. Sayers
Lord Peter Views the Body
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club
Arthur Schnitzler – Therese
Nan Shepherd – The Quarry Wood
Păstorel Teodoreanu – Hronicul Măscăriciului Vălătuc
S. S. Van Dine
The Greene Murder Case
The Bishop Murder Case
Elegant Edward (short stories)
The Flying Squad
The Orator (short stories)
The Thief in the Night (short stories)
Mika Waltari – Suuri illusioni
Evelyn Waugh – Decline and Fall
H. G. Wells – Mr. Blettsworthy on Rampole Island
Franz Werfel – Class Reunion (Der Abituriententag)
Virginia Woolf – Orlando: A Biography
S. Fowler Wright
The Island of Captain Sparrow
Edgar Rice Burroughs – Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle
Wanda Gág – Millions of Cats
A. A. Milne – The House at Pooh Corner
Felix Salten – Bambi, A Life in the Woods (translation of Bambi. Eine Lebensgeschichte aus dem Walde, 1923)
Jacinto Benavente – Pepa Doncel
Bertolt Brecht – The Threepenny Opera
Joe Corrie – In Time o' Strife
Eduardo De Filippo – Filosoficamente
Nikolai Erdman – The Suicide («Самоубийца», written)
Marieluise Fleißer – Pioneers in Ingolstadt (Pioniere in Ingolstadt)
Garrett Fort – Jarnegan
Agha Hashar Kashmiri – Sita Banbas (published)
Kwee Tek Hoay (郭德懷)– Korbannja Yi Yong Toen ("Victims of Yi Yong Toen", published serially)
Daniil Kharms – Elizabeth Bam («Елизавета Бам»)
John Howard Lawson – The International
Alexander Lernet-Holenia, as Clemens Neydisser, and Stefan Zweig – Gelegenheit macht Liebe or Quiproquo
Federico García Lorca – The Love of Don Perlimplín and Belisa in the Garden (Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su jardín, written)
W. Somerset Maugham – The Sacred Flame
Eugene O'Neill – Strange Interlude (first staging)
Ouyang Yuqian (欧阳予倩) – Pan Jinlian (潘金蓮)
R. C. Sherriff – Journey's End
Ben Travers – Plunder
Sophie Treadwell – Machinal
Louis Verneuil – Monsieur Lamberthier
Roger Vitrac – Victor, or Power to the Children (Victor, ou les enfants au pouvoir)
The Man Who Changed His Name
Carl Zuckmayer – Katharina Knie
Stephen Vincent Benét – John Brown's Body
Robert Frost – West-Running Brook
Robinson Jeffers - Cawdor (Poem)
Federico García Lorca – Romancero Gitano
Siegfried Sassoon – The Heart's Journey
Max Aitken – Politicians and the War
Edmund Blunden – Undertones of War (autobiography)
Hall Caine – Recollections of Rossetti (second expanded version)
Julius Evola – Imperialismo Pagano
Sidney Bradshaw Fay – Origins of the World War
Dion Fortune – Esoteric Orders and Their Work
Harold Lloyd – An American Comedy (autobiography)
Margaret Mead – Coming of Age in Samoa
Paul Morand – Black Magic
Tomas O'Crohan – Allagar na h-Inise ("Island Cross-Talk")
Edgar Wallace – The Trial of Patrick Herbert Mahon
H. G. Wells – The Open Conspiracy
Stefan Zweig – Drei Dichter ihres Lebens. Casanova – Stendhal – Tolstoi (Adepts in Self-Portraiture: Casanova, Stendhal, Tolstoy)
January 1 – Iain Crichton Smith, Scottish writer (died 1998)
January 7 – William Peter Blatty, American novelist and screenwriter (died 2017)
January 8 – Sander Vanocur, American journalist
January 10 – Philip Levine, American poet (died 2015)
January 16 – William Kennedy, American writer and journalist
January 21 – János Kornai (János Kornfelder), Hungarian economist
January 24 – Desmond Morris, English anthropologist and writer
February 5 – Andrew Greeley, Irish-American priest and novelist (died 2013)
February 9 – Roger Mudd, American journalist
February 29 - Jean Adamson, British children's author and illustrator
March 4 – Alan Sillitoe, English novelist (died 2010)
March 12 – Edward Albee, American dramatist (died 2016)
March 13 – Jane Grigson, English cookery writer (died 1990)
March 30 – Tom Sharpe, English satirical author (died 2013)
April 4 – Maya Angelou, American poet (died 2014)
April 7 – Alan J. Pakula, American screenwriter (died 1998)
April 17 – Cynthia Ozick, American author
April 24 – Martin Seymour-Smith, English poet, biographer and critic (died 1998)
May 4 – Thomas Kinsella, Irish poet
May 24 – William Trevor, Irish fiction writer and playwright (died 2016)
June 10 – Maurice Sendak, American children's author and illustrator (died 2012)
June 28 – Stan Barstow, English novelist (died 2011)
Anita Brookner, English novelist (died 2016)
Robert Sheckley, American writer (died 2005)
July 26 – Bernice Rubens, Welsh novelist (died 2004)
September 6 – Robert M. Pirsig, American philosopher and author
September 20 – Donald Hall, American poet and poet laureate
September 30 – Elie Wiesel, American Jewish author and 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner (died 2016)
October 3 – Alvin Toffler, American futurist writer
October 10 – Sheila F. Walsh, English novelist (died 2009)
November 2 – Paul Johnson, English historian and journalist
November 9 – Anne Sexton, American poet (died 1974)
November 12 – Marjorie W. Sharmat, American children's writer
November 11 – Carlos Fuentes, Mexican writer (died 2012)
December 16 – Philip K. Dick, American science fiction author (died 1982)
January 8 – Juan B. Justo, Argentine journalist (born 1865)
January 11 – Thomas Hardy, English novelist and poet (born 1840)
January 19 – Hans Hinrich Wendt, German theologian (born 1853)
January 28 – Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, Spanish novelist, journalist and politician (born 1867)
February 19 – Mildred Aldrich, American journalist (born 1853)
February 29 – Adolphe Appia, Swiss scenery and lighting designer and writer (born 1862)
March 4 – Paul Sabatier, French religious writer (born 1858)
March 18 – Paul van Ostaijen, Flemish poet (born 1896)
Didrik Hegermann Grønvold, Norwegian novelist (born 1855)
Charlotte Mew, English poet (born 1869; suicide)
April 10 – Stanley J. Weyman, English novelist (born 1855)
April 19 – Ladislav Klíma, Czech novelist and philosopher (born 1878)
May 5 – Barry Pain, English writer (born 1864)
May 16 – Edmund Gosse, English poet and critic (born 1849)
May 22 – Francisco López Merino, Argentine poet (suicide, born 1904)
May 25 – George Ranetti, Romanian humorist and playwright (born 1875)
July 8 – Crystal Eastman, American journalist (born 1881)
August – Isaac Markens, American journalist (born 1846)
August 16 – Antonín Sova, Czech poet (born 1864)
August 24 – Oskar Jerschke, German dramatist (born 1861)
December 16 – Elinor Wylie, American poet and novelist (stroke, born 1885)
December 19 – Italo Svevo, Italian writer (born 1861)
Unknown date – Henry Festing Jones, English biographer (born 1851)
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: John Buchan, Montrose
Newbery Medal for children's literature: Dhan Gopal Mukerji, Gayneck, the Story of a Pigeon
Nobel Prize for Literature: Sigrid Undset
Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Eugene O'Neill, Strange Interlude
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Edwin Arlington Robinson, Tristram
Pulitzer Prize for the Novel: Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey
1928 in literature Wikipedia
This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1928.