1973 in literature

1973 in literature

The year 1973 in literature involved some significant events and new books.


*Frank Herbert becomes director-photographer of the television show, "The Tillers".
*Robert B. Parker starts the Spenser book series.

New books

*Martin Amis – "The Rachel Papers"
*Ernest Becker – "The Denial of Death"
*Joseph Payne Brennan – "Stories of Darkness and Dread"
*John Brunner - "The Stone That Never Came Down"
*Ramsey Campbell - "Demons by Daylight"
*Jerome Charyn – "Tar Baby"
*Basil Copper – "From Evil's Pillow"
*L. Sprague de Camp – "The Fallible Fiend"
*L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp, editors – "3000 Years of nd Science Fiction"
*August Derleth – "The Chronicles of Solar Pons"
*Michael Ende – "Momo"
*Paul E. Erdman – "The Billion Dollar Sure Thing"
*Leon Forrest – "There Is A Tree More Ancient Than Eden"
*William Goldman – "The Princess Bride"
*Graham Greene - "The Honorary Consul"
* Elisabeth Harvor, "Women and Children" 11 stories (revised as "Our Lady of All Distances", 1991)
*James Jones – "A Touch of Danger"
*Anna Kavan – "Who Are You?"
*Brian Killick – "The Heralds"
*Dean R. Koontz – "Demon Seed"
*Jerzy Kosinski – "The Devil Tree"
*Robert Ludlum – "The Matlock Paper"
*Cormac McCarthy – "Child of God"
*Ruth Manning-Sanders – "A Book of Ogres and Trolls"
*Robert Marasco – "Burnt Offerings"
*Toni Morrison – "Sula"
*Iris Murdoch – "The Black Prince"
*Robert B. Parker – "The Godwulf Manuscript"
*Mervyn Peake – "The Rhyme of the Flying Bomb" (posthumously published)
*Anthony Powell – "Temporary Kings"
*Thomas Pynchon – "Gravity's Rainbow"
*Irwin Shaw – "Evening in Byzantium"
*Rex Stout - "Please Pass the Guilt"
*Jacqueline Susann – "Once Is Not Enough"
*Hunter S. Thompson – "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72"
*Jack Vance – "The Anome"
*Gore Vidal – "Burr"
*Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. – "Breakfast of Champions"
*Patrick White – "The Eye of the Storm"
*Rudy Wiebe – "Temptations of Big Bear"
*Roger Zelazny
**"To Die in Italbar"
**"Today We Choose Faces"

New drama

*Alan Ayckbourn – "The Norman Conquests"


*Allen Curnow – "An Abominable Temper and Other Poems"
*Tomás Rivera – "Always and other poems"


*Allan W. Eckert - "The Court-Martial of Daniel Boone"
*Antonia Fraser - "Cromwell, our Chief of Men"
*Tim O'Brien – "If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Send Me Home"
*John Pearson - ""
*Binod Bihari Verma - "Maithili Karna Kayasthak Panjik Sarvekshan" Maithili book




* February 22 - Elizabeth Bowen, novelist
* March 6 - Pearl S. Buck
* March 26 - Sir Noel Coward, dramatist and humorist
* April 9 - Warren Lewis, author, Inkling, and brother of C. S. Lewis
* April 28 - Jacques Maritain, philosopher
* May 21 - Carlo Emilio Gadda, author
* June 9 - John Creasey, author
* June 30 - Nancy Mitford, English novelist and biographer
* July 29 - Henri Charrière, "Papillon" author
* September 2 - J. R. R. Tolkien, fantasy writer
* September 23 - Pablo Neruda, poet
* September 29 - W. H. Auden, poet
* October 28 - Sergio Tofano, dramatist
* December 9 - Anthony Gilbert, crime writer


* Nobel Prize for Literature: Patrick White


* See 1973 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.


* Prix Goncourt: Jacques Chessex, "L'Ogre"
* Prix Médicis French: Tony Duvert, "Paysage de fantaisie"
* Prix Médicis International: Milan Kundera, "Life Is Elsewhere"

United Kingdom

* Booker Prize: J. G. Farrell, "The Siege of Krishnapur"
* Cholmondeley Award: Patric Dickinson, Philip Larkin
* Eric Gregory Award: John Beynon, Ian Caws, James Fenton, Keith Harris, David Howarth, Philip Pacey
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Iris Murdoch, "The Black Prince"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Robin Lane Fox, "Alexander the Great"
* Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry: John Heath-Stubbs

United States

* American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal in Poetry, John Crowe Ransom
* Hugo Award: Isaac Asimov, "The Gods Themselves"
* Nebula Award: Arthur C. Clarke, "Rendezvous with Rama"
* Newbery Medal for children's literature: Jean Craighead George, "Julie of the Wolves"
* Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Jason Miller, "That Championship Season"
* Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Eudora Welty, "The Optimists Daughter"
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Maxine Kumin, "Up Country"


*Premio Nadal: José García Blázquez, "El rito"
*Viareggio Prize: Achille Campanile, "Manuale di conversazione"

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