1987 in literature

1987 in literature

The year 1987 in literature involved some significant events and new books.


*Tom Wolfe was paid $5 million for the film rights to his novel, "The Bonfire of the Vanities", the most ever earned by an author, at the time.

Published books

*Chinua Achebe - "Anthills of the Savannah"
*Peter Ackroyd - "Chatterton" (shortlisted for Booker Prize 1987)
*Douglas Adams - "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency"
*Martin Amis - "Einstein's Monsters"
*Gilles Archambault - "L'Obsédante obèse et autres agressions"
*Iain Banks - "Consider Phlebas" (as Iain M. Banks) and "Espedair Street"
*Clive Barker - "Weaveworld"
*Greg Bear - "The Forge of God"
*Truddi Chase - "When Rabbit Howls"
*Tom Clancy - "Patriot Games"
*Hugh Cook - "The Wordsmiths and the Warguild" and "The Women and the Warlords"
*Bernard Cornwell - "Redcoat" and "Sharpe's Rifles"
*L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp - "The Incorporated Knight"
*Jenny Diski - "Rainforest"
*Bret Easton Ellis - "The Rules of Attraction"
*James Ellroy - "Black Dahlia"
*John Gardner - "No Deals, Mr. Bond"
*Kaye Gibbons - "Ellen Foster"
*Ken Grimwood - "Replay"
*Tom Holt - "Expecting Someone Taller"
*Josephine Humphreys - "Rich in Love"
*John Jakes - "Heaven and Hell"
*Garrison Keillor - "Leaving Home"
*Stephen King - "Misery", "The Tommyknockers", and "The Eyes of the Dragon"
*Penelope Lively - "Moon Tiger"
*Ian McEwan - "The Child in Time"
*Betty Mahmoody - "Not Without My Daughter"
*James A. Michener - "Legacy"
*Toni Morrison - "Beloved"
*Michael Ondaatje - "In the Skin of A Lion"
*Robert B. Parker - "Pale Kings and Princes"
*Rosamunde Pilcher - "The Shell Seekers"
*Peter Pohl - "Vi kallar honom Anna"
*Terry Pratchett - "Equal Rites" and "Mort"
*Paul Quarrington - "King Leary"
*Edward Rutherfurd - "Sarum"
*José Saramago - "Baltasar and Blimunda"
*Leonardo Sciascia - "Porte aperte"
*Michael Shea - "Polyphemus"
*Sidney Sheldon - "Windmills of the Gods"
*Lucius Shepard - "The Jaguar Hunter"
*Carol Shields - ""
*Michael Slade - "Ghoul"
*Danielle Steel - "Fine Things" and "Kaleidoscope"
*Ruth Thomas - "The Runaways"
*Scott Turow - "Presumed Innocent"
*Andrew Vachss - "Strega"
*Barbara Vine - "A Fatal Inversion"
*Gene Wolfe - "The Urth of the New Sun"
*Tom Wolfe - "The Bonfire of the Vanities"
*Roger Zelazny - "Sign of Chaos"
*Gary Paulsen - "Hatchet"


*Allan Bloom - "The Closing of the American Mind"
*Bruce Chatwin - "The Songlines"
*Bill Cosby - "Time Flies"
*Andrea Dworkin - "Intercourse"
*Paul Kennedy - "The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict From 1500 to 2000"
*Nien Cheng - "Life and Death in Shanghai"
*Salman Rushdie - ""
*Peter Wright - "Spycatcher"




*February 2 - Alistair MacLean, British thriller writer, heart attack
*February 10 - William Rose, screenwriter
*February 22 - Andy Warhol, artist, director, writer
*March 4 - Maria Jolas, literary publisher
*April 4 - C. L. Moore, science fiction author
*April 11 - Erskine Caldwell, novelist
*May 30 - Norman Nicholson, poet
*September 25 - Emlyn Williams, dramatist
*September 30 - Alfred Bester, science fiction writer
*October 3 - Jean Anouilh, dramatist
*October 8 - Roger Lancelyn Green, biographer and children's author
*October 31 - Joseph Campbell, author and expert on mythology
*November 29 - Gwendolyn MacEwen, Canadian poet
*December 1 - James Baldwin, novelist
*December 17 - Marguerite Yourcenar, novelist


* Nobel Prize for Literature: Joseph Brodsky


* The Australian/Vogel Literary Award: Jim Sakkas, "Ilias"
* C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry: Lily Brett, "The Auschwitz Poems"
* Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry: Philip Hodgins, "Blood and Bone"
* Mary Gilmore Prize: Jan Owen - "Boy with Telescope"


* See 1987 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.


* Prix Goncourt: Tahar ben Jelloun, "La Nuit sacrée"
* Prix Médicis French: Pierre Mertens, "Les Éblouissements"
* Prix Médicis International: Antonio Tabucchi, "Nocturne indien"

United Kingdom

* Booker Prize: Penelope Lively, "Moon Tiger"
* Cholmondeley Award: Wendy Cope, Matthew Sweeney, George Szirtes
* Eric Gregory Award: Peter McDonald, Maura Dooley, Stephen Knight, Steve Anthony, Jill Maughan, Paul Munden
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: George Mackay Brown, "The Golden Bird: Two Orkney Stories"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Ruth Dudley Edwards, "Victor Gollancz: A Biography"
* Whitbread Best Book Award: Christopher Nolan, "Under the Eye of the Clock"
* Sunday Express Book of the Year: Brian Moore, "The Colour of Blood"

United States

* Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize: David Rivard, "Torque"
* Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry: Howard Nemerov
* American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Belles Lettres: Jacques Barzun
* Frost Medal: Robert Creeley / Sterling Brown
* Nebula Award: Pat Murphy, "The Falling Woman"
* Newbery Medal for children's literature: Sid Fleischman "The Whipping Boy"
* Pulitzer Prize for Drama: August Wilson, "Fences"
* Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Peter Taylor, "A Summons to Memphis"
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Rita Dove, "Thomas and Beulah"


*Premio Nadal: Juan José Saer, "La ocasión"

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