1974 in literature

1974 in literature

The year 1974 in literature involved some significant events and new books.


*The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics is founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman.

New books

*Richard Adams - "Shardik"
*Kingsley Amis - "Ending Up"
*Peter Benchley - "Jaws"
*Hal Bennett - "Wait Until the Evening"
*Heinrich Böll - "The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum"
*Anthony Burgess - "The Clockwork Testament, or Enderby's End"
*Robert A. Caro - "The Power Broker"
*Robert Cormier - "The Chocolate War"
*Philip K. Dick - "Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said"
*Annie Dillard - "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek"
*Lawrence Durrell - "Monsieur"
*Frederick Forsyth - "The Dogs of War"
*John Fowles - "The Ebony Tower"
*Donald Goines - "Crime Partners"
*John Hawkes - "Death Sleep"
*Joseph Heller - "Something Happened"
*Erica Jong - "Fear of Flying"
*Anna Kavan - "Let Me Alone"
*Stephen King - "Carrie"
*Margaret Laurence - "The Diviners"
*John le Carré - "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"
*Ursula K. Le Guin - "The Dispossessed"
*Madeleine L'Engle - "A Wind in the Door"
*H. P. Lovecraft and August Derleth - "The Watchers Out of Time and Others"
*Robert Ludlum - "The Cry of the Halidon"
*Brian Lumley - "Beneath the Moors"
*Ruth Manning-Sanders - "A Book of Sorcerers and Spells"
*James A. Michener - "Centennial"
*Vladimir Nabokov - "Look at the Harlequins!"
*Edith Pargeter - "Sunrise in the West" (first in the "Brothers of Gwynedd" quartet)
*Robert B. Parker - "God Save the Child"
*Ellen Raskin - "Figgs & Phantoms"
*Ishmael Reed - "The Last Days of Louisiana Red"
*Harold Robbins - "The Pirate"
*Leonardo Sciascia - "Todo modo"
*Tom Sharpe - "Porterhouse Blue"
*Sidney Sheldon - "The Other Side of Midnight"
*Studs Terkel - "Working"
*Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman - "Collected Ghost Stories"

New drama

*Michael Cook - "Jacob's Wake"
*Dario Fo - "Can't Pay? Won't Pay!"
*Paavo Haavikko - "The Knight"
*Ira Levin - "Veronica's Room"
*Harold Pinter - "No Man's Land"
*Tom Stoppard - "Travesties"

New poetry

*Duncan Bush, Tony Curtis, Nigel Jenkins - "Three Young Anglo-Welsh Poets"


*Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward – "All the President's Men"
*Vincent Bugliosi - "Helter Skelter"
*Shelby Foote – " – Vol 3: Red River to Appomattox"
*Jonathan Raban - "Soft City"
*Lewis Thomas – "The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher"
*Joseph Wambaugh - "The Onion Field"


*April 13K. Sello Duiker, South African novelist (d. 2005)
*November 4 — Carlos Be, Spanish playwright
*"date unknown" - Owen Sheers, poet


*January 29 - H. E. Bates, novelist
*March 24 - Olive Higgins Prouty, American novelist
*May 13 - Arthur J. Burks, American writer
*June 2 - Tom Kristensen, novelist and poet
*June 9 - Miguel Ángel Asturias, Nobel Prize-winning novelist
*July 4 - Georgette Heyer, author
*September 21 - Jacqueline Susann, best-selling novelist
*October 4 - Anne Sexton, poet
*December 14 - Walter Lippmann, writer
*"date unknown" - David Jones, artist and poet


* Nobel Prize for Literature: Evyind Johnson and Harry Martinson


* See 1974 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.


* Prix Goncourt: Pascal Lainé, "La Dentellière"
* Prix Médicis French: "Porporino ou les Mystèrs de Naples"
* Prix Médicis International: Julio Cortázar, "Libro de Manuel"

United Kingdom

* Booker Prize: Nadine Gordimer, "The Conservationist"
* Cholmondeley Award: D.J. Enright, Vernon Scannell, Alasdair Maclean
* Eric Gregory Award: Duncan Forbes, Roger Garfitt, Robin Hamilton, Frank Ormsby, Penelope Shuttle
*Newdigate prize: Alan Hollinghurst
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Lawrence Durrell, "Monsieur, or the Prince of Darkness"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: John Wain, "Samuel Johnson"
* Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry: Ted Hughes

United States

* Frost Medal: John Hall Wheelock
* Hugo Award: Arthur C. Clarke, "Rendezvous with Rama"
* Nebula Award: Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Dispossessed"
* Newbery Medal for children's literature: Paula Fox, "The Slave Dancer"
* Pulitzer Prize for Drama: "no award given"
* Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: "no award given"
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Robert Lowell, "The Dolphin"


*Premio Nadal: Luis Gasulla, "Culminación de Montoya"
*Viareggio Prize: Clotilde Marghieri, "Amati enigmi"

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