1949 in literature

1949 in literature

The year 1949 in literature involved some significant events and new books.


*Arthur C. Clarke becomes Assistant Editor of "Science Abstracts".
*Bertrand Russell receives the Order of Merit.
*Jean-Paul Sartre completes his "Les Chemins de la Liberté ("The Roads to Freedom")" trilogy.

New books

*Nelson Algren - "The Man with the Golden Arm"
*Martha E. Von Almedingen - "The Golden Sequence"
*Miguel Ángel Asturias - "Men of Maize"
*Jorge Luis Borges - "The Aleph"
*Elizabeth Bowen - "The Heat of the Day"
*Paul Bowles - "The Sheltering Sky"
*Fredric Brown - "The Screaming Mimi"
*Pearl S. Buck - "The Angry Wife"
*Dorothy Bussy - "Olivia" (published anonymously)
*Taylor Caldwell - "Let Love Come Last"
*John Dickson Carr writing as "Carter Dickson" - "A Graveyard To Let"
*Agatha Christie - "Crooked House"
*Foster Fitzsimmons - "Bright Leaf"
*A. B. Guthrie, Jr. - "The Way West"
*John Hawkes - "Cannibal"
*Marguerite Henry - "King of the Wind"
*Hermann L. Hunter - "The Miracles of the Red Altar Cloth"
*Shirley Jackson - "The Lottery and Other Stories"
*Alaric Jacob - "Scenes from a Bourgeois Life"
*Alfred Q. Jarrette - "Beneath the Sky"
*Marghanika Laski - "Little Boy Lost"
*H. P. Lovecraft - "Something About Cats and Other Pieces"
*Nancy Mitford - "Love in a Cold Climate"
*C. L. Moore - "Beyond Earth's Gates"
*John O'Hara - "A Rage To Live"
*George Orwell - "Nineteen Eighty-Four"
*Ruth Park - "Poor Man's Orange"
*Karel Poláček - "There Were Five of Us" (Czech "Bylo nás pět")
*Ellery Queen - "Cat of Many Tails"
*Harold Robbins - "The Dream Merchants"
*Willard W. Savoy - "Alien Land"
*Jack Schaefer - "Shane"
*Anna Seghers - "Die Toten Bleiben Jung"
*Nevil Shute - "A Town Like Alice"
*Jack Story - "Trouble with Harry"
*Rex Stout - "Trouble in Triplicate"
*Rex Stout - "The Second Confession"
*Edward Streeter - "Father of the Bride"
*Gwyn Thomas - "All Things Betray Thee"
*Mika Waltari - "The Egyptian"
*S. Fowler Wright - "The Throne of Saturn"
*Frank Yerby - "Pride's Castle"

New drama

*T. S. Eliot - "The Cocktail Party"
*Christopher Fry - "The Lady's Not for Burning"
*Jean Genet - "Haute surveillance"
*Arthur Miller - "Death of a Salesman"


*Carlos de Oliveira - "Descida aos Infernos"


*Simone de Beauvoir - "The Second Sex"
*Marc Bloch - "Strange Defeat; a Statement of Evidence Written in 1940"
*Thomas B. Costain - "The Conquering Family", also known as "The Conquerors" (First book in the Plantagenet Series, also known as The Pageant of England)
*John Gunther – "Death Be Not Proud"
*Margaret Mead - "Male and Female"
*Audie Murphy - "To Hell and Back"
*Finn Ronne - "Antarctic Conquest"
*Jean Hugard and Frederick Braue - "The Royal Road To Card Magic"


* January 26 - Jonathan Carroll, American author of fantasy fiction
* March 26 - Patrick Süskind, German novelist
*April 11 - Dorothy Allison, novelist and campaigner
*June 5 - Ken Follett, novelist
*July 15 - Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist
*August 3 - Peter Gutmann, journalist
* November 2 - Lois McMaster Bujold, American author of science fiction and fantasy
*October 5 - Peter Ackroyd, English author
*December 24 - Alberto Pérez-Gómez, architectural historian
*"date unknown"
**Mark D. Devlin, memoirist
**David Gilmour, novelist
**Juan Gonzalez, investigative journalist
**Bonnie Greer, dramatist
**John Guy, historian and biographer
**John Harris, political author
**Jimmy McGovern, screenwriter


* January 11 - Nelson Doubleday, U.S. book publisher
* February 11 - Axel Munthe, Swedish author
* May 6 - Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian poet, playwright and Nobel Laureate
* June 10 - Sigrid Undset, Nobel Prize winning author
* June 14 - Russell Doubleday, U.S. author and publisher
*August 16 - Margaret Mitchell, "Gone with the Wind" author
* September 19 - Will Cuppy, U.S. humorist
* December 7 - Rex Beach - U.S. author
* December 28 - Hervey Allen - U.S. author


* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Emma Smith, "The Far Cry"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: John Connell, "W. E. Henley"
* Newbery Medal for children's literature: Marguerite Henry, "King of the Wind"
* Nobel Prize for literature - William Faulkner
* Premio Nadal: Jose Suárez Carreño, "Las últimas horas"
* Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Arthur Miller, "Death of a Salesman"
* Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: James Gould Cozzens, "Guard of Honor"
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Peter Viereck, "Terror and Decorum"

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