1955 in literature

1955 in literature

The year 1955 in literature involved some significant events and new books.


*First issue of the "Guinness Book of Records" published.
*"Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov is published in Paris. However, it took until 1958 to be published in United States.
*An article in the "British Journal of Education" is critical of the novels of Enid Blyton.
*Jean Cocteau is elected to both the "Académie française and the Royal Academy of Belgium.

New books

*Kingsley Amis - "That Uncertain Feeling"
*Isaac Asimov
**"The End of Eternity"
**"The Martian Way and Other Stories"
*Leigh Brackett - "The Long Tomorrow"
*Ray Bradbury - "The October Country"
*Thomas B. Costain - "The Tontine"
*Gertrude Crampton - "Scuffy the Tugboat"
*Patrick Dennis - "Auntie Mame"
*J. P. Donleavy - "The Ginger Man"
*Ian Fleming - "Moonraker"
*Franquin - "La corne de rhinocéros"
*William Golding - "The Inheritors"
*Graham Greene - "The Quiet American"
*Henri René Guieu
**L'Agonie du Verre
**Commandos de l'Espace"
*Robert A. Heinlein - "Tunnel in the Sky"
*Frank Herbert - "The Dragon in the Sea"
*Georgette Heyer - "Bath Tangle"
*Patricia Highsmith - "The Talented Mr. Ripley"
*Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp - "Tales of Conan"
*Mac Hyman - "No Time for Sergeants"
*Aldous Huxley - "The Genius and the Goddess"
*MacKinlay Kantor - "Andersonville"
*Nikos Kazantzakis - Greek edition of "The Last Temptation of Christ" ("Ο Τελευταίος Πειρασμός")
*Yasar Kemal - "Memed, My Hawk"
*C. S. Lewis - "The Magician's Nephew"
*Gabriel García Márquez - "The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor (Relato de un náufrago)"
*Brian Moore -"The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne"
*Vladimir Nabokov - "Lolita"
*Flannery O'Connor
**"Good Country People"
**"A Good Man Is Hard To Find"
*Marco Denevi - "Rosaura A Las 10"
*John O'Hara - "Ten North Frederick"
*Anthony Powell - "The Acceptance World"
*Barbara Pym - "Less than Angels"
*Robert Ruark - "Something of Value"
*Juan Rulfo - "Pedro Paramo"
*Françoise Sagan - "Bonjour Tristesse"
*Isaac Bashevis Singer - "Satan in Goray"
*Thomas Sterling - "The Evil of the Day"
*Rex Stout - "Before Midnight"
*Morton Thompson - "Not As a Stranger"
*J. R. R. Tolkien - "The Lord of the Rings : The Return of the King"
*Patrick White - "The Tree of Man"
*Leonard Wibberley - "The Mouse That Roared"
*Sloan Wilson - "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit"
*Herman Wouk - "Marjorie Morningstar"
*John Wyndham - "The Chrysalids"

New drama

*George Axelrod - "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?"
*Tennessee Williams - "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"


*James Baldwin - "Notes of a Native Son"
*Thomas E. Gaddis - "Birdman of Alcatraz"
*"The Guinness Book of Records", 1st edition
*Walter Lippmann - "Essays in the Public Philosophy"
*Walter Lord - "A Night to Remember"
*Herbert Marcuse - "Eros and Civilisation"
*RAND - "A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates"
*Meher Baba - "God Speaks"


* January 12 - Rockne O'Bannon, writer, producer
* January 13 - Jay McInerney, writer
* February 8 - John Grisham, novelist
* June 13 - Larry Mike Garmon, novelist, short story writer
* June 20 - Tor Nørretranders, science author
* September 6 - Raymond Benson, novelist
* November 23 - Steven Brust, fantasy author
*"date not listed"
** Max Lucado, American writer on Christian religious themes


*January 20 - Robert P. Tristram Coffin, poet, essayist, novelist
*June 17 - Constance Holme, English novelist and dramatist (b. 1880)
*June 19 - Adrienne Monnier, French poet and publisher
*August 2 - Wallace Stevens, poet (b. 1879)
*August 12 - Thomas Mann
*September 20 - Robert Riskin, dramatist and screenwriter
*October 18 - José Ortega y Gasset, philosopher


* Frost Medal: Leona Speyer
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Ivy Compton-Burnett, "Mother and Son"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: R. W. Ketton-Cremer, "Thomas Gray"
* Newbery Medal for children's literature: Meindert DeJong, "The Wheel on the School"
* Nobel Prize for Literature: Halldór Kiljan Laxness
* Premio Nadal: Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio, "El Jarama"
* Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Tennessee Williams, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
* Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: William Faulkner - "A Fable"
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Wallace Stevens: "Collected Poems"
* Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry: Ruth Pitter

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