1938 in literature

1938 in literature

The year 1938 in literature involved some significant events and new books.


* The trilogy, "U.S.A." by John Dos Passos, is published containing his three novels "The 42nd Parallel" (1930), "1919" (1932), and "The Big Money" (1936).
*Jorge Luis Borges is injured in an accident and develops blood poisoning in December. While recovering next year he will write the first short story in his later characteristic style.
*Samuel Beckett's first completed novel "Murphy" is published.

New books

*Margery Allingham - "The Fashion in Shrouds"
*Eric Ambler
**"Cause for Alarm"
**"Epitaph for A Spy"
*Vladimir Bartol - "Alamut"
*Elizabeth Bowen - "The Death of the Heart"
*Edgar Rice Burroughs - "Tarzan and the Forbidden City"
*Taylor Caldwell - "Dynasty of Death"
*John Dickson Carr writing as "Carter Dickson"
**"The Judas Window"
**"Death in Five Boxes"
*Peter Cheyney - "Can Ladies Kill?"
*Agatha Christie - "Hercule Poirot's Christmas"
*René Daumal - "A Night of Serious Drinking"
*Isak Dinesen - "Out of Africa"
*John Dos Passos - "U.S.A. trilogy"
*Daphne du Maurier - "Rebecca"
*Lawrence Durrell - "The Black Book"
*Rachel Field - "All This and Heaven Too"
*Robert Graves - "Count Belisarius"
*Graham Greene - "Brighton Rock"
*Eric Knight - "Lassie Come-Home"
*C. S. Lewis - "Out of the Silent Planet"
*Henry Miller - "Tropic of Capricorn"
*Vladimir Nabokov
**"The Gift"
**"Invitation to a Beheading"
*John O'Hara - "Hope of Heaven"
*Ellery Queen
**"The Devil To Pay"
**"The Four of Hearts"
*Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings - "The Yearling"
*Clayton Rawson - "Death from a Top Hat"
*Emilio Lussu - "Un anno sull'altopiano"
*Ayn Rand - "Anthem"
*Jean-Paul Sartre - "La Nausée"
*Kate Seredy - "The White Stag"
*Esphyr Slobodkina - "Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business"
*Rex Stout - "Too Many Cooks"
*B. Traven - "The Bridge in The Jungle"
*S. S. Van Dine - "The Gracie Allen Murder Case"
*Evelyn Waugh - "Scoop"
*Nathanael West - "The Day of the Locust"
*T. H. White - "The Sword in the Stone"
*Gale Wilhelm - "Torchlight to Valhalla"
*Virginia Woolf - "Three Guineas"

New drama

*Jean Anouilh - "Thieves' Carnival (Le bal des voleurs)"
*Robert Ardrey - "Casey Jones"
*Patrick Hamilton - "Gas Light"
*Kaj Munk - "Han sidder ved Smeltediglen"
*Robert E. Sherwood - "Abe Lincoln in Illinois"
*Rodolfo Usigli - "The Gesticulator"
*Thornton Wilder - "Our Town"
*Emlyn Williams - "The Corn is Green"


*Alfred Kreymborg - "" (radio play in verse)


*Hall Caine - "Life of Christ" - published post-humously
*Cyril Connolly - "Enemies of Promise"
*Geoffrey Faber - "The Romance of a Bookshop 1904-1938"
*Robert McAlmon - "Being Geniuses Together, 1920-1930"
*Thomas Mann - "The Coming Victory of Democracy"
*George Orwell - "Homage to Catalonia"


*February 12 - Judy Blume, children's author
*April 29 - Larry Niven, sci-fi author
*May 13 - Norma Klein, author
*July 19
**Nicholas Bethell, historian
**Dom Moraes, poet and columnist
*October 12 - Anne Perry, historical novelist
*October 13 - Hugo Young, journalist
*December 14 - Leonardo Boff, philosopher and theologian
*"date unknown"
**Christopher Booker, journalist and editor
**Charles L. Mee, dramatist
**M. K. Wren, novelist


*January 19 - Branislav Nušić, novelist and dramatist
*March 1 - Gabriele D'Annunzio, poet and novelist
*April 19 - Sir Henry Newbolt, poet
*April 21 - Lady Ottoline Morrell, literary hostess
*May 26 - James Forbes, dramatist and screenwriter
*June 26 - James Weldon Johnson
*June 26 - E. V. Lucas, essayist and biographer
*August 7 - Konstantin Stanislavski, theatre director
*September 15 - Thomas Wolfe, novelist
*December 25 - Karel Čapek, science fiction author and dramatist


* Hawthornden Prize - David Jones for "In Parenthesis"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: C. S. Forester, "A Ship of the Line" and "Flying Colours"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Sir Edmund Chambers, "Samuel Taylor Coleridge"
* Newbery Medal for children's literature: Kate Seredy, "The White Stag"
* Newdigate prize: Michael Thwaites
* Nobel Prize for literature: Pearl S. Buck
* Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Thornton Wilder, "Our Town"
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Marya Zaturenska: "Cold Morning Sky"
* Pulitzer Prize for the Novel: John Phillips Marquand - "The Late George Apley"

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