1986 in literature


1986 in literature

The year 1986 in literature involved some significant events and new books.

Events

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New books

*Kingsley Amis - "The Old Devils"
*Piers Anthony - "Ghost"
*Jeffrey Archer - "A Matter of Honour"
*James Axler - "Pilgrimage to Hell" and "Red Holocaust"
*Iain Banks - "The Bridge"
*Thomas Bernhard - "Auslöschung"
*Anita Brookner - "A Misalliance"
*Orson Scott Card - "Speaker for the Dead"
*Tom Clancy - "Red Storm Rising"
*James Clavell - "Whirlwind"
*Jackie Collins - "Hollywood Husbands"
*Pat Conroy - "The Prince of Tides"
*Hugh Cook - "The Wizards and the Warriors"
*Bernard Cornwell - "Sharpe's Regiment"
*Bernard & Judy Cornwell (as Susannah Kells) - "Coat of Arms" (aka "The Aristocrats")
*Richard Ford - "The Sportswriter"
*John Gardner - "Nobody Lives For Ever"
*Jacques Godbout - "Une histoire américaine"
*Carl Hiaasen - "Tourist Season"
*Diana Wynne Jones - "Howl's Moving Castle"
*Stephen King - "It"
*W. P. Kinsella - "The Fence Post Chronicles"
*Judith Krantz - "I'll Take Manhattan"
*Louis L'Amour - "Last of the Breed"
*John le Carré - "A Perfect Spy"
*Tanith Lee - ""
*Gordon Lish - "Dear Mr. Capote"
*H. P. Lovecraft - "Dagon and Other Macabre Tales" corrected edition
*Robert Ludlum - "The Bourne Supremacy"
*Amin Maalouf - "Leo Africanus"
*Robert Munsch - "Love You Forever"
*Patrick O'Brian - "The Reverse of the Medal"
*Robert B. Parker - "Taming a Sea Horse"
*Ellis Peters - "The Rose Rent"
*Belva Plain - "The Golden Cup"
*Anthony Powell - "The Fisher King"
*Terry Pratchett - "The Light Fantastic"
*Reynolds Price - "Kate Vaiden"
*James Purdy - "In the Hollow of His Hand"
*José Saramago - "O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis"
*Idries Shah - "Kara Kush"
*Danielle Steel - "Wanderlust"
*Peter Taylor - "A Summons to Memphis"
*James Tiptree, Jr. - "Tales of the Quintana Roo"
*Roger Zelazny - "Blood of Amber"

New drama

*Caryl Churchill& David Lan - "A Mouthful of Birds"
*Willy Russell - "Shirley Valentine"

Poetry

*Kama Sywor Kamanda - "Chants de brumes"

Non-fiction

*Martin Amis - "The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to America"
*Richard Dawkins - "The Blind Watchmaker"
*Adrian Edmondson et al - "How to be a Complete Bastard"
*Flora Fraser - "Beloved Emma"
*Mark Mathabane - "Kaffir Boy"
*Farley Mowat - "My Discovery of America"
*Marc Reisner - "Cadillac Desert"
*Richard Rhodes - "The Making of the Atomic Bomb"
*Mary Wilson - ""

Births

Deaths

* January 1 - Lord David Cecil, critic and biographer
* January 4 - Christopher Isherwood, novelist
* January 24 - L. Ron Hubbard, science fiction writer, founder of Scientology
* February 11 - Frank Herbert, American science fiction author
* February 26 - Robert Penn Warren, poet, author
* March 4 - Elizabeth Smart, Canadian poet and novelist
* March 18 - Bernard Malamud, novelist
* April 14 - Simone de Beauvoir, philosopher and feminist writer
* May 15 - Theodore White, writer
* June 14 - Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine writer
* August 3 - Beryl Markham, traveller and author
* August 20 - Milton Acorn, Canadian poet, writer, and playwright
* December 17 - J. F. Hendry, poet
* December 19 - V. C. Andrews, novelist
*"date unknown"
**Lena Kennedy, novelist

Awards

* Nobel Prize for Literature: Wole Soyinka

Australia

* The Australian/Vogel Literary Award: Robin Walton, "Glace Fruits"
* C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry: Rhyll McMaster, "Washing the Money" and John A. Scott, "St. Clair"
* Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry: Robert Gray "Selected Poems 1963-83"
* Mary Gilmore Prize: Stephen Williams - "A Crowd of Voices"

Canada

* See 1986 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.

France

* Prix Goncourt: Michel Host, "Valet de nuit"
* Prix Médicis French: Pierre Combescot, "Les Funérailles de la Sardine"
* Prix Médicis International: John Hawkes, "Aventures dans le commerce des peaux en Alaska"

United Kingdom

* Booker Prize: Kingsley Amis, "The Old Devils"
* Cholmondeley Award: Lawrence Durrell, James Fenton, Selima Hill
* Eric Gregory Award: Mick North, Lachlan Mackinnon, Oliver Reynolds, Stephen Romer
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Jenny Joseph, "Persephone"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: D. Felicitas Corrigan, "Helen Waddell"
* Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry: Norman MacCaig
* Whitbread Best Book Award: Kazuo Ishiguro, "An Artist of the Floating World"

United States

* Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize: Robley Wilson, "Kingdoms of the Ordinary"
* American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Drama: Sidney Kingsley
* Frost Medal: Allen Ginsberg / Richard Eberhart
* Nebula Award: Orson Scott Card, "Speaker For the Dead"
* Newbery Medal for children's literature: Patricia MacLachlan, "Sarah, Plain and Tall"
* Prometheus Award: Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson, "The Illuminatus! Trilogy"
* Pulitzer Prize for Drama: "no award given"
* Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Larry McMurtry, "Lonesome Dove"
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Henry Taylor, "The Flying Change"

Elsewhere

*Premio Nadal: Manuel Vicent, "Balada de Caín"


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