1911 in literature
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The year 1911 in literature involved some significant events and new books.
- April - Hugo Gernsback begins to publish his pioneering science fiction novel Ralph 124C 41+ in his monthly magazine Modern Electrics in the United States.
- c. April 8 - English poet Lascelles Abercrombie and his family move to live near Dymock in rural Gloucestershire, first of the Dymock poets.
- September 7 - Wilhelm Apollinaris de Kostrowitzky, who writes under the pen name "Guillaume Apollinaire", is suspected in the theft of the Mona Lisa from Louvre museum in Paris on August 21 and imprisoned for six days; this year he also publishes his first book of poetry, Le Bestiaire ou Cortège d'Orphée.
- October 16 - New building for Mitchell Library opened in Glasgow.
- October 17 - Rudolf Wilhelm Friedrich Ditzen, the later novelist Hans Fallada, kills his best friend in a suicide pact staged as a duel.
- November - The Kalem Company of New York agrees to pay the estate of author Lew Wallace $25,000 in legal settlement for having adapted Ben Hur (1907 film) from his novel without securing prior rights.
- December 16 - The Copyright Act in the United Kingdom consolidates copyright law in the British Empire and confirms the six libraries in each of which a copy of every book published in the U.K. must be deposited by the publisher: the British Museum Library (London); the Bodleian Library (Oxford); the Advocates Library (Edinburgh); the National Library of Wales (Aberystwyth); Trinity College, Dublin; and Cambridge University Library.
- Jaroslav Hašek begins publishing stories of The Good Soldier Švejk (Dobrý voják Švejk) in the Prague newspaper Karikatura edited by the illustrator Josef Lada.
- George Moore publishes Ave, the first part of his 3-volume autobiographical Hail and Farewell (last in 1914).
- French publishing house Éditions Gallimard founded in Paris by Gaston Gallimard as Les Éditions de la Nouvelle Revue Française (nrf). Its first publication is Paul Claudel's play L'Otage.
- Lima Barreto — Triste Fim de Policarpo Quaresma ("The Sad End of Policarpo Quaresma")
- J. M. Barrie — Peter and Wendy
- Ambrose Bierce — The Devil's Dictionary
- L. Frank Baum
- Max Beerbohm — Zuleika Dobson
- Arnold Bennett — The Card
- J. D. Beresford — The Hampdenshire Wonder
- Algernon Blackwood — The Centaur
- Frances Hodgson Burnett — The Secret Garden
- J. E. Casely-Hayford — Ethiopia Unbound
- G. K. Chesterton — The Innocence of Father Brown
- Hugh Clifford — The Downfall of the Gods
- Joseph Conrad — Under Western Eyes
- Marie Corelli — Life Everlasting
- Penelope Delta — Paramythi Horis Onoma ("A Tale Without a Name")
- Theodore Dreiser — Jennie Gerhardt
- W. E. B. Du Bois — The Quest of the Silver Fleece
- Edna Ferber — Dawn O'Hara
- Ford Madox Ford — Ladies Whose Bright Eyes
- E. M. Forster — The Celestial Omnibus
- R. Austin Freeman — The Eye of Osiris
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman — Moving the Mountain
- Anna Katherine Green — Initials Only
- Violet Jacob — Flemington
- Pauline Johnson — Legends of Vancouver
- Mary Johnston — The Long Roll
- Eduard von Keyserling — Wellen
- Valery Larbaud — Fermina Márquez
- D. H. Lawrence — The White Peacock
- Gaston Leroux
- The Phantom of the Opera (Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, book publication)
- Katherine Mansfield — In A German Pension
- L. M. Montgomery — The Story Girl
- Baroness Orczy — A True Woman
- Beatrix Potter — The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes
- Forrest Reid — The Bracknels
- Saki — The Chronicles of Clovis
- Bram Stoker — The Lair of the White Worm
- Gene Stratton-Porter — The Harvester
- Kathleen Thompson Norris — Mother
- Sigrid Undset — Jenny
- Hugh Walpole — Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill
- Mary Augusta Ward — The Case of Richard Meynell
- Jean Webster — Just Patty
- H. G. Wells — The New Machiavelli
- Edith Wharton — Ethan Frome
- Owen Wister — Padre Ignacio
- Jerzy Żuławski — Stara Ziemia ("The Old Earth"), last of the Trylogia Księżycowa ("Lunar Trilogy")
- Tristan Bernard - Le petit café
- George Diamandy - Dolorosa
- Gregorio Martínez Sierra
- Canción de cuna ("Cradle Song")
- Primavera en otoño ("Spring in Autumn")
- Emma Orczy - The Duke's Wager
- Louis N. Parker - Disraeli
- Rainis - Indulis un Ārija ("Indulis and Ārija")
- George Bernard Shaw - Fanny's First Play
- Karl Vollmöller - Das Mirakel
- Hugo von Hofmannsthal - Jedermann
Main article: 1911 in poetry
- Edwin James Brady - River Rovers
- Else Lasker-Schüler - Meine Wunder
- John Masefield - The Everlasting Mercy
- Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition.
- Wassily Kandinsky - Über das Geistige in der Kunst ("Concerning the Spiritual in Art"; dated 1912)
- Robert Michels - Political Parties: A Sociological Study of the Oligarchical Tendencies of Modern Democracy (Zur Soziologie des Parteiwesens in der modernen Demokratie; Untersuchungen über die oligarchischen Tendenzen des Gruppenlebens)
- John Muir - My First Summer in the Sierra
- Rudolf Steiner - Mystics of the Renaissance
- A. E. Waite
- The Pictorial Key to the Tarot
- The Secret Tradition in Freemasonry
- January 18 - José María Arguedas, Peruvian author (died 1969)
- January 24 - C. L. Moore, American science fiction author (died 1987)
- February 8 - Elizabeth Bishop, American poet, Pulitzer Prize winner (died 1979)
- March 11 - Fitzroy Maclean, Scottish diplomat, adventurer, writer and politician (died 1996)
- March 26 - Tennessee Williams, American playwright (died 1983)
- April 8 - Emil Cioran, Romanian-born French philosopher and essayist (died 1995)
- May 15 - Max Frisch, Swiss author (died 1991)
- May 20 - Annie M. G. Schmidt, Dutch children's author (died 1995)
- May 28 - Fritz Hochwälder, Austrian playwright (died 1986)
- June 2 - Xiao Hong, Chinese author (died 1942)
- June 6 - Verna Aardema, born Verna Norberg, American children's author (died 2000)
- June 30 - Czesław Miłosz, Lithuanian-born Polish author, Nobel Prize in Literature winner (died 2004)
- July 21 - Marshall McLuhan, Canadian media theorist (died 1980)
- October 13 - Millosh Gjergj Nikolla, Albanian poet and writer (died 1938)
- November 2 - Odysseas Elytis, Greek poet, Nobel Prize in Literature winner (died 1996)
- November 19 - Mary Elizabeth Counselman, American author and poet (died 1995)
- December 11 - Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian novelist, Nobel Prize in literature winner (died 2006)
- December 25 - Noel Langley, South African-born screenwriter (died 1980)
- January 23 - David Graham Phillips, American journalist and novelist (born 1867; murdered by gunshot)
- February 7 - Hannah Whitall Smith, American Quaker author (born 1832)
- February 25 - Friedrich Spielhagen, German novelist, literary theorist and translator (born 1829)
- April 14 - George Cary Eggleston, American memoirist (born 1839)
- April 25 - Emilio Salgari, Italian novelist (born 1862; suicide)
- April 30 - Stanisław Brzozowski, Polish philosopher, publicist, literary and theatre critic (born 1878; tuberculosis)
- May 9 - Thomas Wentworth Higginson, literary mentor of Emily Dickinson (born 1823)
- May 29 - W. S. Gilbert, English librettist, dramatist (born 1836)
- June 10 - Adolf Wilbrandt, German novelist and dramatis (born 1837)
- July 21 - Philippe Monnier, Swiss writer in the French language (born 1864)
- September 5 - Katherine Thurston, Irish novelist (born 1875)
- September 9 - Francis March, American lexicographer and philologist (born 1825)
- October 8 - Hesba Stretton, English author (born 1832)
- October 29 - Joseph Pulitzer, Hungarian-born journalist and newspaper publisher (born 1847)
- November 9 - Howard Pyle, American children's author (born 1853)
- Nobel Prize for Literature: Count Maurice (Mooris) Polidore Marie Bernhard Maeterlinck, Belgian poet, playwright, and essayist
- Cooper, Jeff. "Timeline of the Dymock Poets". Friends of the Dymock Poets. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
- Auster, Paul, ed. (1982). The Random House Book of Twentieth-Century French Poetry: with Translations by American and British Poets. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-394-52197-8.
- "Lord Rosebery On Books: The Mitchell Library in Glasgow". The Times (39718) (London). 1911-10-17. p. 4.
- Francesco Troiano. "Biography of Emilio Salgari". Italica Rai. Retrieved 2009-04-30.
- "100 years on: The best books of 1911", Stuart Kelly, The Scotsman, 24 December 2011