1941 in literature


1941 in literature

The year 1941 in literature involved some significant events and new books.

Events

*Frank Herbert marries Flora Parkinson.
*F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished work, "The Last Tycoon", is edited and published by Edmund Wilson.

New books

*Margery Allingham - "Traitor's Purse"
*William Attaway - "Blood On The Forge"
*Frans Gunnar Bengtsson - "The Long Ships" (part 1)
*Maurice Blanchot - "Thomas l'obscure"
*Pearl S. Buck - "China Sky"
*James M. Cain - "Mildred Pierce"
*John Dickson Carr writing as "Carter Dickson" - "Seeing is Believing"
*Joyce Cary - "Herself Surprised"
*Agatha Christie - "Death Comes as the End"
*A. J. Cronin - "The Keys of the Kingdom"
*L. Sprague de Camp - "Lest Darkness Fall" (Complete novel)
*August Derleth - "Someone in the Dark"
*Walter D. Edmonds - "The Matchlock Gun"
*Katheryn Campbell Graham - "Under the Cottonwood"
*Robert A. Heinlein - "Methuselah's Children"
*James Hilton - "Random Harvest"
*C. S. Lewis - "The Screwtape Letters"
*Janet Lewis - "The Wife of Martin Guerre"
*Robert McCloskey - "Make Way for Ducklings"
*Hugh MacLennan - "Barometer Rising"
*W. Somerset Maugham - "Up at the Villa"
*Oscar Micheaux - "The Wind From Nowhere"
*Vladimir Nabokov - "The Real Life of Sebastian Knight"
*Flann O'Brien - "An Béal Bocht"
*E. Phillips Oppenheim - "The Shy Plutocrat"
*H. A. Rey and Margret Rey - "Curious George"
*Budd Schulberg - "What Makes Sammy Run?"
*Armstrong Sperry - "Call It Courage"
*Kylie Tennant - "The Battlers"
*Eudora Welty - "A Curtain of Green"
*Franz Werfel - "The Song of Bernadette"
*Virginia Woolf - "Between the Acts" (posthumously)

New drama

*Noel Coward - "Blithe Spirit"

Poetry

*W. H. Auden - "New Year Letter" (British edition of 'The Double Man')
*William Rose Benét - "The Dust which is God"
*Laurence Binyon - "The North Star and Other Poems"
*G. S. Fraser - "The Fatal Landscape and Other Poems"

Births

* March 13 - Donella Meadows, "Limits to Growth" author
* April 10 - Paul Theroux, novelist and travel writer
* May 19 - Nora Ephron, novelist and screenwriter
* June 5 - Spalding Gray, screenwriter and dramatist
* June 27 - James P. Hogan, science fiction author
* September 1 - Gwendolyn MacEwen, Canadian poet
* October 2 - John Sinclair, poet
* October 4 - Anne Rice, horror/fantasy writer
* October 13 - John Snow, cricketer and poet
* October 25 - Anne Tyler, novelist
* October 27 - Gerd Brantenberg, Norwegian feminist author and gay rights activist
* "date unknown" - Pepetela, novelist
* "date unknown" - Miles Kington, journalist

Deaths

* January 4 - Henri Bergson, writer
* January 6 - F. R. Higgins, poet
* January 13 - James Joyce, writer
* January 23 - John Oxenham, novelist and poet
* February 7 - Banjo Paterson, poet
* February 9 - Elizabeth von Arnim, novelist
* March 28 - Virginia Woolf, author
* June 1 - Hugh Walpole, novelist
* June 15 - Evelyn Underhill, poet
* August 7 - Rabindranath Tagore, author
* November 18Émile Nelligan, poet

Awards

* Frost Medal: Robert Frost
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Joyce Cary, "A House of Children"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: John Gore, "King George V"
* Newbery Medal for children's literature: Armstrong Sperry, "Call It Courage"
* Nobel Prize for literature: not awarded
* Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Robert E. Sherwood, "There Shall Be No Night"
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Leonard Bacon: "Sunderland Capture"
* Pulitzer Prize for the Novel: "no award given"


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