1979 in literature


1979 in literature

The year 1979 in literature involved some significant events and new books.

New books

*Jeffrey Archer - "Kane and Abel"
*Barbara Taylor Bradford - "A Woman of Substance"
*Raymond Briggs - "Fungus the Bogeyman"
*Octavia Butler - "Kindred"
*Orson Scott Card - "A Planet Called Treason"
*Angela Carter - "The Bloody Chamber"
*L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter - "Conan the Liberator"
*Thomas Flanagan -"Year of the French"
*John Fowles - "The Tree"
*Arthur Hailey - "Overload"
*Douglas Hill - "Galactic Warlord"
*Sian James - "A Small Country"
*Philippe Jullian - "Montmartre"
*Stephen King - "The Dead Zone"
*Russell Kirk - "The Princess of All Lands"
*Milan Kundera - "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting"
*John le Carré - "Smiley's People"
*Morgan Llywelyn - ""
*Robert Ludlum - "The Matarese Circle"
*Norman Mailer - "The Executioner's Song"
*Dambudzo Marechera - "The House of Hunger"
*V. S. Naipaul - "A Bend in the River"
*Jerry Pournelle - "Janissaries"
*Harold Robbins - "Memories of Another Day"
*Philip Roth - "The Ghost Writer"
*Mary Stewart - "The Last Enchantment"
*Peter Straub - "Ghost Story"
*William Styron - "Sophie's Choice"
*Jack Vance - "The Face"
*Kurt Vonnegut - "Jailbird"
*Elizabeth Walter - "In the Mist and Other Uncanny Encounters"
*Kit Williams - "Masquerade"
*Raymond Williams - "The Fight for Manod"
*Tom Wolfe - "The Right Stuff"
*Christopher Wood - "James Bond and Moonraker"
*Roger Zelazny -"Roadmarks"

New drama

*Peter Shaffer - "Amadeus"
*Sam Shepard - "Buried Child"

Poetry

*Kingsley Amis - "Collected Poems"

Non-fiction

*L. Sprague de Camp, editor - "The Blade of Conan"
*Sandra Gilbert & Susan Gubar - "The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination"
*Henry Kissinger - "White House Years"
*Jean-François Lyotard - ""
*Stephen Pile - "The Book of Heroic Failures"
*Clark Ashton Smith - "The Black Book of Clark Ashton Smith"
*Margaret Trudeau - "Beyond Reason"

Deaths

*February 9 - Allen Tate, poet and essayist
*February 25 - John L. Wasserman, critic
*March 26 - Jean Stafford, short story writer and novelist
*May 10 - J. B. Morton, columnist ("Beachcomber")
*May 14 - Jean Rhys, novelist
*June 7 - Forrest Carter, author
*July 6 - Malcolm Hulke, TV writer
*July 29 - Herbert Marcuse, philosopher
*October 6 - Elizabeth Bishop, poet
*October 17 - S. J. Perelman, humorist
*October 18 - Virgilio Piñera, poet and short-story writer
*December 19 - Donald Creighton, historian
*"date unknown"
**Dilys Cadwaladr, poet
**Sir George Clark, historian
**Goronwy Rees, journalist

Awards

* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: William Golding, "Darkness Visible"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Brian Finney, "Christopher Isherwood: A Critical Biography"


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