1976 in literature

1976 in literature

The year 1976 in literature involved some significant events and new books.


* Saul Bellow won both the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

New books

*Kingsley Amis - "The Alteration"
*Saul Bellow - "To Jerusalem and Back"
*Peter Benchley - "The Deep"
*Judy Blume
**"Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing"
*Erma Bombeck - "The Grass is Always Greener over the Septic Tank"
*Marjorie Bowen - "Kecksies and Other Twilight Tales"
*William F. Buckley - "Saving the Queen"... The first in the Blackford Oakes series
*Ramsey Campbell "The Height of the Scream"
*Raymond Carver "Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?"
*Agatha Christie - "Sleeping Murder"
*A. J. Cronin - "Lady With Carnations"
*L. Sprague de Camp - "The Virgin & the Wheels"
*Samuel R. Delany - "Triton"
*August Derleth - "Dwellers in Darkness"
*Philip K. Dick and Roger Zelazny - "Deus Irae"
*Richard Ford - "A Piece of My Heart"
*Judith Guest - "Ordinary People"
*Alex Haley - ""
*Frank Herbert - "Children of Dune"
*Ira Levin - "The Boys from Brazil"
*Ruth Manning-Sanders - "A Book of Monsters"
*Ryū Murakami - "Almost Transparent Blue (Kagirinaku tōmei ni chikai burū?)"
*R. K. Narayan - "The Painter of Signs"
*Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle -"Inferno"
*Robert Nye - "Falstaff"
*Marge Piercy - "Woman on the Edge of Time"
*Anthony Powell - "Infants of the Spring"
*Terry Pratchett - "The Dark Side of the Sun"
*Manuel Puig - "El beso de la mujer araña" (Kiss of the Spider Woman)
*Ishmael Reed - "Flight To Canada"
*Hubert Selby Jr. - "The Demon"
*Sidney Sheldon - "A Stranger in the Mirror"
*Muriel Spark - "The Takeover"
*Jacqueline Susann - "Dolores"
*Leon Uris - "Trinity (novel)"
*Melvin Van Peebles - "Just An Old Sweet Song"
*Gore Vidal - "1876"
*Kurt Vonnegut - "Slapstick or Lonesome No More!"
*Roger Zelazny
**"Doorways in the Sand"
**"The Hand of Oberon"
**"My Name is Legion"

New drama

*Athol Fugard - "Sizwe Banzi is Dead"
*Dorothy Hewett - "This Old Man Came Rolling Home"


*Richard Dawkins - "The Selfish Gene"
*L. Sprague deCamp - "Literary Swordsmen and Sorcerers"
*Michel Foucault - ""
*Ryszard Kapuściński - "Another Day of Life"
*Arthur Koestler - "The Thirteenth Tribe"
*H. P. Lovecraft
**"Selected Letters IV (1932-1934)"
**"Selected Letters V (1934-1937)"
**"To Quebec and the Stars"
*Peter C. Newman - "The Canadian Establishment"
*Andrew Vachss - "The Life-Style Violent Juvenile"
*Simon Wiesenthal - "The Sunflower"
*Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein - "The Final Days"


*February 3 - Isla Fisher, actress and author
*April 1 - David Chapman, music journalist
*August 29 - T. James Belich (Colorado Tolston, pseudonym), playwright, novelist and actor


*January 12 - Agatha Christie, best-selling crime writer
*January 25 - Victor Ehrenberg, historian
*February 12 - John Lewis, philosopher
*March 24 - E. H. Shepard, book illustrator
*March 31 - Edward Streeter, humorist
*April 28 - Richard Hughes, novelist
*June 18 - Malcolm Johnson, investigative journalist
*September 10 - Dalton Trumbo, novelist and screenwriter, one of the Hollywood Ten
*November 6 - Patrick Dennis, novelist
*December 21 - Munro Leaf, children's author
*"date unknown"
**Martín Luis Guzmán, novelist and journalist
**Robert Speaight, actor, biographer and essayist
**Yashpal, Hindi novelist


* Nobel Prize for Literature: Saul Bellow


* See 1976 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.


* Prix Goncourt: Patrick Grainville, "Les Flamboyants"
* Prix Médicis French: Marc Cholodenko, "Les États du désert"
* Prix Médicis International: Doris Lessing, "The Gold Coronet" - United Kingdom

United Kingdom

* Booker Prize: David Storey, "Saville"
* Cholmondeley Award: Peter Porter, Fleur Adcock
* Eric Gregory Award: Stewart Brown, Valerie Gillies, Paul Groves, Paul Hyland, Nigel Jenkins, Andrew Motion, Tom Paulin, William Peskett
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: John Banville, "Doctor Copernicus"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Ronald Hingley, "A New Life of Chekhov"

United States

* Frost Medal: A.M. Sullivan
* Nebula Award: Frederik Pohl, "Man Plus"
* Newbery Medal for children's literature: Susan Cooper, "The Grey King"
* Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Michael Bennett for concept, choreography, and direction; James Kirkwood, Jr. for book, Marvin Hamlisch for lyrics, Nicholas Dante for music, "A Chorus Line"
* Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Saul Bellow - "Humboldt's Gift"
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: John Ashbery: "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror"


*Premio Nadal: Raúl Guerra Garrido, "Lectura insólita de El Capital"
*Viareggio Prize: Mario Tobino, "La bella degli specchi"

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