1962 in literature

1962 in literature

The year 1962 in literature involved some significant events and new books.


*Arthur Miller marries photographer Inge Morath.
*Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell are prosecuted and jailed for defacing library books.
*A tape-recorded conversation on science fiction took place between Kingsley Amis, C. S. Lewis and Brian Aldiss in Lewis's rooms at Cambridge.
*The works of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin are denounced by the Roman Catholic Church.
*Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath separate.
*Lynne Reid Banks goes to live in a kibbutz.
*George Oppen published his first collection of poetry since "Discrete Series" in 1934, breaking a 28 year silence. Goes on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1969

New books

*James Baldwin - "Another Country"
*Isaac Asimov, editor - "The Hugo Winners"
*J. G. Ballard - "The Drowned World"
*William Barrett - "Lilies of the Field"
*Giorgio Bassani - "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" ("Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini")
*Thomas Berger - "Reinhart in Love"
*Ray Bradbury
**"R is for Rocket"
**"Something Wicked This Way Comes"
*John Braine - "Life at the Top"
*John Brunner
**"Secret Agent of Terra"
**"The Super Barbarians"
*Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler - "Fail-Safe"
*Anthony Burgess - "A Clockwork Orange"
*William S. Burroughs - "The Ticket That Exploded"
*Taylor Caldwell - "A Prologue To Love"
*James Clavell - "King Rat"
*Len Deighton - "The IPCRESS File"
*August Derleth
**"Lonesome Places"
**"The Trail of Cthulhu"
*August Derleth, editor - "Dark Mind, Dark Heart"
*Philip K. Dick - "The Man in the High Castle"
*Allen Drury - "A Shade of Difference"
*William Faulkner - "The Reivers"
*Ian Fleming - "The Spy Who Loved Me"
*Aldous Huxley - "Island"
*Shirley Jackson - "We Have Always Lived in the Castle"
*James Jones - "The Thin Red Line"
*Ken Kesey - "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
*John le Carré - "A Murder of Quality"
*Madeleine L'Engle - "A Wrinkle in Time"
*Doris Lessing - "The Golden Notebook"
*Anne Morrow Lindbergh - "Dearly Beloved"
*H. P. Lovecraft - "Dreams and Fancies"
*Alistair MacLean - "The Satan Bug"
*Eloise McGraw - "The Golden Goblet"
*Vladimir Nabokov - "Pale Fire"
*Flannery O'Connor - "Wise Blood"
*Anthony Powell - "The Kindly Ones"
*Katherine Anne Porter - "Ship of Fools"
*Mary Renault - "The Bull from the Sea"
*Isaac Bashevis Singer - "The Slave"
*Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich"
*Noel Streatfeild - "Travelling Shoes" (first published as "Apple Bough")
*Mary Stewart - "The Moon-Spinners"
*Rex Stout - "Homicide Trinity"
*Rex Stout - "Gambit"
*Kurt Vonnegut - "Mother Night"
*Irving Wallace - "The Prize"
*Elie Wiesel - "Day"
*David Wilkerson - "The Cross and the Switchblade"
*Herman Wouk - "Youngblood Hawke"

New drama

*Edward Albee - "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
*Friedrich Dürrenmatt - "Die Physiker (The Physicists)"
*Witold Gombrowicz - "Historia"


*George Oppen - "The Materials"
*Al Purdy - "Poems for all the Annettes"
*William Carlos Williams - "Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems"


*W. H. Auden - "The Dyer's Hand and other essays"
*Helen Gurley Brown - "Sex and the Single Girl"
*Rachel Carson – "Silent Spring"
*Thomas B. Costain – "The Last Plantagenets" (Fourth book in the Plantagenet or Pageant of England series)
*L. Sprague de Camp – "Energy and Power"
*August Derleth – "100 Books by August Derleth"
*Milton Friedman – "Capitalism and Freedom"
*Fletcher Knebel & Charles W. Bailey II– "Seven Days in May"
*Thomas Kuhn – "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions"
*W. Somerset Maugham – "Looking Back"
*V. S. Naipaul – "The Middle Passage: Impressions of Five Societies - British, French and Dutch in the West Indies and South America"
*Louis Nizer - "My Life in Court"
*John Steinbeck – ""
*Barbara Tuchman – "The Guns of August"


*February 21 - David Foster Wallace, novelist
* March 31 - Michal Viewegh, Czech language writer
* October 19 - Tracy Chevalier, novelist
* "unknown date" - Mark Haddon, novelist
* "unknown date" - David Edwards, journalist
* "unknown date" - Sebastian Junger, novelist


*February 16 - Frank Prewett, poet
*April 24 - Emilio Prados, poet
*May 26 - Wilfred Wilson Gibson, poet
*June 2 - Vita Sackville-West, poet and gardener
*July 6 - William Faulkner, American novelist
*July 21 - G. M. Trevelyan, historian
*July 27 - Richard Aldington, World War I writer
*August 9 - Hermann Hesse, novelist
*September 3 - E. E. Cummings, poet
*September 23 - Patrick Hamilton, dramatist
*December 3 - Dame Mary Gilmore, poet and journalist


* American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction: William Faulkner
* Eric Gregory Award: Donald Thomas, James Simmons, Brian Johnson, Jenny Joseph
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Ronald Hardy, "Act of Destruction"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Meriol Trevor, "Newman: The Pillar and the Cloud" and "Newman: Light in Winter"
* Newbery Medal for children's literature: Elizabeth George Speare, "The Bronze Bow"
* Newdigate Prize: Stanley Johnson
* Nobel Prize for Literature: John Steinbeck
* Premio Nadal: José María Mendiola, "Muerte por fusilamiento"
* Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Frank Loesser, Abe Burrows, "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying"
* Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Edwin O'Connor, "The Edge of Sadness"
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Alan Dugan, "Poems"
* Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry: Christopher Fry

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