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1952 in literature

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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1952.

Contents

Events

  • February – Launch of the influential historical periodical Past & Present.
  • May – The works of André Gide are placed on the Catholic Church's Index of Forbidden Books by Pope Pius XII.
  • August 12 – Night of the Murdered Poets, the execution of thirteen Soviet Jews in the Lubyanka Prison in Moscow, including several writers.
  • September 6 – Universal Copyright Convention adopted at Geneva.
  • October 17 – Samuel Beckett's play Waiting For Godot is published in French as En attendant Godot by Les Éditions de Minuit in Paris.
  • November 25 – Agatha Christie's play The Mousetrap opens in London at the New Ambassadors Theatre. It will still be running in London sixty years later, having transferred next door to St Martin's Theatre in 1974.
  • E. E. Cummings is appointed to a Charles Eliot Norton Professorship at Harvard University.
  • Discovery by Derek J. de Solla Price of a lost medieval scientific work entitled Equatorie of the Planetis, initially attributed to Geoffrey Chaucer.
  • J. L. Carr takes over as headmaster of Highfields Primary School, Kettering, which will eventually furnish the subject matter for his novel, The Harpole Report.
  • The publisher Diogenes Verlag is founded in Zurich by Daniel Keel.
  • The National Library of Burma is established in Rangoon.
  • Fiction

  • Isaac Asimov
  • The Currents of Space
  • Foundation and Empire
  • H. E. Bates – Love for Lydia
  • John Bingham – My Name is Michael Sibley
  • Pearl S. Buck – The Hidden Flower
  • Ivan Bunin – The Life of Arseniev
  • Italo Calvino
  • The Argentine Ant (La Formica Argentina)
  • The Cloven Viscount (l visconte dimezzato, first of the Our Ancestors trilogy)
  • John Dickson Carr
  • The Nine Wrong Answers
  • Behind the Crimson Blind (as Carter Dickson)
  • Louis-Ferdinand Céline – Fable for Another Time
  • Agatha Christie
  • Mrs McGinty's Dead
  • They Do It with Mirrors
  • A Daughter's a Daughter (as Mary Westmacott)
  • Brian Cleeve – The Far Hills
  • Branko Ćopić – Prolom (The Break-out)
  • Thomas B. Costain – The Silver Chalice
  • A. J. Cronin – Adventures in Two Worlds
  • August Derleth
  • Three Problems for Solar Pons
  • Night's Yawning Peal: A Ghostly Company (as editor)
  • David F. Dodge – To Catch a Thief
  • Jean Dutourd – The Best Butter
  • Ralph Ellison – Invisible Man
  • Edna Ferber – Giant
  • Paul Gallico – The Small Miracle
  • Jean Giono – The Malediction
  • Richard Gordon – Doctor in the House
  • Han Suyin – A Many-Splendoured Thing
  • Robert A. Heinlein – The Rolling Stones
  • Ernest Hemingway – The Old Man and the Sea
  • Patricia Highsmith (as Claire Morgan) – The Price of Salt
  • Ernst Jünger – Visit to Godenholm
  • Frances Parkinson Keyes – Steamboat Gothic
  • David H. Keller – Tales from Underwood
  • Arthur Koestler – Arrow in the Blue
  • Halldór Laxness – Gerpla
  • Doris Lessing – Martha Quest
  • Bernard Malamud – The Natural
  • Ana Maria Matute – Fiesta al noroeste
  • Harry Mulisch – Archibald Strohalm
  • C. L. Moore – Judgment Night (science fiction short stories)
  • R. K. Narayan – The Financial Expert
  • Flannery O'Connor – Wise Blood
  • Vin Packer – Spring Fire
  • Anthony Powell – A Buyer's Market
  • Barbara Pym – Excellent Women
  • Ellery Queen – The King is Dead
  • Lucien Rebatet – Les Deux étendards
  • Charles Shaw – Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
  • Howard Spring – The Houses in Between
  • John Steinbeck – East of Eden
  • Rex Stout
  • Triple Jeopardy
  • Prisoner's Base
  • A. C. Swinburne (died 1909) – Lesbia Brandon (completed c.1868)
  • Edith Templeton – The Island of Desire
  • Jim Thompson – The Killer Inside Me
  • Agnes Sligh Turnbull – The Gown of Glory
  • Amos Tutuola – The Palm-Wine Drunkard
  • Vercors – Les Animaux dénaturés
  • Arved Viirlaid – Ristideta hauad (Graves Without Crosses)
  • Kurt Vonnegut – Player Piano
  • Evelyn Waugh – Men at Arms
  • Hillary Waugh – Last Seen Wearing...
  • Angus Wilson – Hemlock and After
  • Frank Yerby – The Saracen Blade
  • Children and young people

  • Enid Blyton – Noddy and Big Ears
  • Alice Dalgliesh – The Bears on Hemlock Mountain
  • Dorothy Edwards – My Naughty Little Sister. Stories from "Listen With Mother"
  • C. S. Forester – Lieutenant Hornblower
  • Rumer Godden – Mouse House
  • C. S. Lewis – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • Eloise Jarvis McGraw – Moccasin Trail
  • Farley Mowat – People of the Deer
  • Mary Norton – The Borrowers
  • Rhoda Power – Redcap Runs Away
  • William Matthew Scott – The Cherrys of River House (first in The Cherrys series of 14 books)
  • Geoffrey Trease – The Crown of Violet (also Web of Traitors)
  • E. B. White – Charlotte's Web
  • Drama

  • Rodney Ackland – The Pink Room
  • Jean Anouilh – The Lark (L'Alouette)
  • Jacinto Benavente – Ha llegado Don Juan
  • Alice Childress – Gold Through the Trees
  • Robertson Davies – A Masque of Aesop
  • Friedrich Dürrenmatt – The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi (Die Ehe des Herrn Mississippi, first performance)
  • Charles Langbridge Morgan – The River Line
  • Terence Rattigan – The Deep Blue Sea
  • Poetry

  • Paul Celan – Poppy and Memory (German: Mohn und Gedächtnis)
  • David Jones – The Anathemata: fragments of an attempted writing
  • Gabriela Mistral – Los sonetos de la muerte y otros poemas elegíacos
  • Sean O Riordain – Eireaball Spideoige
  • Non-fiction

  • Roland Bainton – The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century
  • L. Sprague de Camp and Willy Ley – Lands Beyond
  • Dorothy Day – The Long Loneliness
  • Lawrence Gowing – Vermeer
  • Heinrich Harrer – Sieben Jahre in Tibet. Mein Leben am Hofe des Dalai Lama (Seven Years in Tibet, 1954)
  • Aldous Huxley
  • The Devils of Loudun
  • Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow
  • Maurice Nicoll – Psychological Commentaries on the Teachings of G. I. Gurdjieff and P. D. Ouspensky
  • Norman Vincent Peale – The Power of Positive Thinking
  • Gwen Raverat – Period Piece
  • P. R. Reid – The Colditz Story
  • Jean-Paul Sartre – Saint Genet, comédien et martyr
  • Pierre Schaeffer – In Search of a Concrete Music (À la Recherche d'une Musique Concrète)
  • F. Sherwood Taylor – The Alchemists
  • Paul Tillich – Courage To Be
  • Immanuel Velikovsky – Ages in Chaos
  • J. M. Wallace-Hadrill – The Barbarian West, 400–1000
  • Raymond Williams – Drama from Ibsen to Eliot
  • Births

  • January 4 – Michele Wallace, American feminist author
  • January 12 – Walter Mosley, American novelist
  • January 21 – Louis Menand, American author and academic
  • February 10 – Gail Rebuck, English publisher
  • February 19
  • Ryū Murakami (村上 龍), Japanese novelist, essayist and filmmaker
  • Amy Tan, American novelist
  • February 29 – Tim Powers, American fantasy author
  • March 5 – Robin Hobb (Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden, Megan Lindholm), American fantasy author
  • March 7 – William Boyd, Gold Coast-born Scottish novelist and screenwriter
  • March 11 – Douglas Adams, English science fiction author (died 2001)
  • March 13 – Ágnes Rapai, Hungarian poet, writer and translator
  • May 5 – Hafsat Abdulwaheed, Nigerian author and poet
  • June 7 – Orhan Pamuk, Turkish novelist and Nobel laureate
  • June 20 – Vikram Seth, Indian novelist
  • June 29 – Breece D'J Pancake (Breece Dexter Pancake), American short story writer (suicide 1979)
  • July 3 – Rohinton Mistry, Indian-born Canadian novelist
  • July 18 – Per Petterson, Norwegian novelist
  • August 28 – Rita Dove, American poet
  • October 18 – Bảo Ninh, Vietnamese author
  • November 15 – Rick Atkinson, American journalist, historian and author
  • November 21 – Pedro Lemebel, Chilean novelist
  • December 19 – Sean O'Brien, English poet
  • Unknown dates
  • Hoda Barakat, Lebanese novelist
  • Mick Inkpen, English children's writer and illustrator
  • Deaths

  • January 22 – Roger Vitrac, French poet and dramatist (born 1899)
  • February 7 – Norman Douglas, Austrian-born Scottish novelist (born 1868)
  • February 13 – Josephine Tey (Elizabeth MacKintosh), Scottish crime novelist (born 1896)
  • February 19 – Knut Hamsun, Norwegian novelist and Nobel laureate (born 1859)
  • March 1
  • Mariano Azuela, Mexican novelist, dramatist and critic (born 1873)
  • Masao Kume (久米 正雄), Japanese playwright, novelist and haiku poet (born 1891)
  • March 27 – Ioan A. Bassarabescu, Romanian short story writer and politician (born 1870)
  • April 1 – Ferenc Molnár (Ferenc Neumann), Hungarian dramatist and novelist (born 1878)
  • May 17 – Paul Bujor, Romanian politician, zoologist and short story writer (born 1862)
  • May 26 – Eugene Jolas, American/French writer, literary translator and critic (born 1894)
  • June 1 – John Dewey, American philosopher and psychologist (born 1859)
  • July 1 – A. S. W. Rosenbach, American book collector (born 1876)
  • July 8 – August Alle, Estonian writer (born 1890)
  • August 9 – Jeffery Farnol, English historical novelist (born 1878)
  • August 22 – H. J. Massingham, English countryside writer (born 1888)
  • September 26 – George Santayana, Spanish philosopher, poet and novelist writing in English (born 1863)
  • October 4 – Keith Murdoch, Australian journalist (born 1885)
  • October 6 – Teffi (Nadezhda Alexandrovna Buchinskaya), Russian humorist (born 1872)
  • November 3 – Louis Verneuil, French playwright (suicide, born 1893)
  • November 4 – Gilbert Frankau, English novelist (born 1884)
  • November 13 – Margaret Wise Brown, American children's author (embolism, born 1910)
  • November 16 – Charles Maurras, French poet and critic (born 1868)
  • November 18 – Paul Éluard, French surrealist poet (heart attack, born 1895)
  • November 23 – Aaro Hellaakoski, Finnish poet (born 1893)
  • December 6 – Cicely Hamilton, English dramatist and suffragist (born 1872)
  • Awards

  • Carnegie Medal for children's literature: Mary Norton, The Borrowers
  • Frost Medal: Carl Sandburg
  • James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Evelyn Waugh, Men at Arms
  • James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: G. M. Young, Stanley Baldwin
  • National Book Award: James Jones, From Here to Eternity.
  • Newbery Medal for children's literature: Eleanor Estes, Ginger Pye
  • Newdigate prize: Donald Hall
  • Nobel Prize for Literature: François Mauriac
  • Premio Nadal: María Medio Estrada, Nosotros, los Rivero
  • Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Joseph Kramm, The Shrike
  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Herman Wouk – The Caine Mutiny
  • Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Marianne Moore, Collected Poems
  • King's Gold Medal for Poetry: Andrew Young
  • References

    1952 in literature Wikipedia


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