1947 in literature

1947 in literature

The year 1947 in literature involved some significant events and new books.


*"The Diary of Anne Frank" is published for the first time.
*Jack Kerouac makes the journey which he will later chronicle in his book "On the Road".
*Dorothy Parker divorces Alan Campbell for the first time.
*Dalton Trumbo refuses to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Ring Lardner, Jr., attends, but refuses to answer any questions.
*Kenneth Arnold witnesses nine Flying saucers, starting a huge amount of enthuisiasm in science fiction writers and scientists.

New books

*Cynthia Asquith - "This Mortal Coil"
*Carolyn Sherwin Bailey - "Miss Hickory"
*François Boyer - "Les Jeux Inconnus"
*Ray Bradbury - "Dark Carnival"
*Margaret Wise Brown - "Goodnight Moon"
*Edgar Rice Burroughs - "Tarzan and the Foreign Legion"
*Italo Calvino - "The Path to the Nest of Spiders"
*Albert Camus - "The Plague" ("La Peste")
*Thomas B. Costain - "The Moneyman"
*Jean Genet - "Querelle de Brest"
*Robert A. Heinlein - "Rocket Ship Galileo"
*William Hope Hodgson - "Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder"
*Carl Jacobi - "Revelations in Black"
*Yasunari Kawabata - "Snow Country"
*Fritz Leiber, Jr. - "Night's Black Agents"
*Malcolm Lowry - "Under the Volcano"
*Thomas Mann - "Doctor Faustus"
*Gabriel García Márquez - "Eyes of a Blue Dog"
*W. Somerset Maugham
**"Creatures of Circumstance"
*Oscar Micheaux - "Masquerade, a Historical Novel"
*James A. Michener - "Tales of the South Pacific"
*W.O. Mitchell - "Who Has Seen the Wind?"
*Alberto Moravia - "The Woman of Rome" ("La Romana")
*Willard Motley - "Knock On Any Door"
*Vladimir Nabokov - "Bend Sinister"
*Cesare Pavese - "Il compagno"
*Arthur Ransome - "Great Northern?"
*Samuel Shellabarger - "Prince of Foxes"
*Mickey Spillane - "I, the Jury"
*John Steinbeck - "The Pearl"
*Rex Stout - "Too Many Women"
*Philip Toynbee - "Tea with Mrs Goodman"
*Boris Vian - "Froth on the Daydream"
*Evelyn Waugh - "The Loved One"
*Jack Williamson - "With Folded Hands"

New drama

*Jean Anouilh - "L'Invitation au Chateau (Ring Round the Moon)"
*Jean Genet - "Les bonnes (The Maids)"
*Arthur Miller - "All My Sons"
*Tennessee Williams - "A Streetcar Named Desire"


*Kingsley Amis - "Bright November"
*August Derleth editor - ""
*Abba Kovner - "Ad Lo-Or ("Until No-Light")"


*Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer - "Dialectic of Enlightenment".
*Emil Brunner - "The Divine Imperative".
*L. Sprague de Camp - "The Evolution of Naval Weapons".
*Bernard DeVoto - "Across the Wide Missouri".
*Walter Lippmann - "The Cold War".
*George Orwell - "Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool".
*Samuel Putnam - "".


* February 3 - Paul Auster, novelist
* April 12 - Tom Clancy, novelist
* June 19 - Salman Rushdie, author
* September 21 - Stephen King, author
* October 19 - Giorgio Cavazzano, comics artist and illustrator


*February 1 - J. D. Beresford, short story writer
*February 15 - Margaret Marshall Saunders, Canadian author
*April 24 - Willa Cather
*November 12 - Baroness Orczy, "Scarlet Pimpernel" author
*December 7 - Tristan Bernard - French writer and lawyer
*December 15 - Arthur Machen, journalist, novelist and short story writer
*"date unknown" - Anna Wickham, poet


* Frost Medal: Gustav Davidson
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: L. P. Hartley, "Eustace and Hilda"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Rev. C. C. E. Raven, "English Naturalists from Neckham to Ray"
* Newbery Medal for children's literature: Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, "Miss Hickory"
* Nobel Prize for literature: André Gide
* Premio Nadal: Miguel Delibes, "La sombra del ciprés es alargada"
* Pulitzer Prize for Drama: "no award given"
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Robert Lowell: "Lord Weary's Castle"
* Pulitzer Prize for the Novel: Robert Penn Warren - "All the King's Men"

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