1915 in literature
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The year 1915 in literature involved some significant events and new books.
- February 28 - Rupert Brooke sails with the British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force; during the campaign he develops sepsis from an infected mosquito bite, which ends with his death in a hospital ship off Skyros. His collection 1914 & Other Poems, including the sonnet "The Soldier", is published posthumously.
- April 24 - Deportation of Armenian notables from Istanbul begins. Among literary deportees killed as part of the Armenian Genocide are Dikran Chökürian, Melkon Giurdjian, Ardashes Harutiunian, Jak Sayabalyan, Ruben Sevak, Siamanto and Rupen Zartarian; survivors include Yervant Odian and Alexander Panossian.
- May 3 - The rondeau "In Flanders Fields" is written by Canadian poet John McCrae; it is first published on December 8 in the London magazine Punch.
- May 13 - While Julian Grenfell stands talking with other officers, a shell lands a few yards away, and a splinter hits him in the head. He is taken to a hospital in Boulogne, where he dies 13 days later. His poem "Into Battle" is published in The Times the day after his death. His younger brother Gerald William (Billy) Grenfell is killed in action 2 months later.
- c. May - Publication of the first modern book illustrated with wood engravings, Frances Cornford's Spring Morning (published by The Poetry Bookshop, London) with engravings by the poet's cousin Gwen Raverat.
- September 15 - P. G. Wodehouse's short story "Extricating Young Gussie" is published in The Saturday Evening Post (U.S.) introducing the characters Jeeves and Bertie.
- September 30 - D. H. Lawrence's novel The Rainbow is published in London, immediately prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act 1857 and suppressed by his publisher, Methuen.
- November - German author Heinrich Mann publishes an essay on Émile Zola (in Die Weißen Blätter) celebrating Zola's political commitment and attacking the economic causes of the War, temporarily rupturing Mann's relationship with his younger brother, the novelist Thomas Mann.
- James Joyce, Tristan Tzara and Vladimir Lenin all take up residence in Zürich.
- Alfred A. Knopf, Sr., establishes the Alfred A. Knopf publishing house in New York City.
- Ruby M. Ayres - Richard Chatterton, V.C.
- Mariano Azuela - The Underdogs (Los de abajo)
- L. Frank Baum
- John Buchan - The Thirty-nine Steps
- Edgar Rice Burroughs - The Return of Tarzan
- Willa Cather - The Song of the Lark
- Joseph Conrad - Victory
- Arthur Conan Doyle - The Valley of Fear
- Theodore Dreiser - The Genius
- Caradoc Evans - My People (story collection)
- Ford Madox Ford - The Good Soldier
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman - Herland
- Anna Katharine Green - The Golden Slipper, and Other Problems for Violet Strange
- Franz Kafka - The Metamorphosis ("Die Verwandlung", first published in Die Weißen Blätter, October)
- D. H. Lawrence - The Rainbow
- Jack London - The Little Lady of the Big House
- W. Somerset Maugham - Of Human Bondage
- Oscar Micheaux - The Forged Note
- Baroness Orczy
- P. D. Ouspensky - Strange Life of Ivan Osokin
- Eleanor H. Porter - Pollyanna Grows Up
- Dorothy Richardson - Pointed Roofs
- Sax Rohmer - The Yellow Claw
- Rafael Sabatini - The Sea Hawk
- Ruth Sawyer - The Primrose Ring
- Russell Thorndike - Doctor Syn: A Tale of the Romney Marsh
- Luang Wilatpariwat - Khwam mai phayabat ("No Vendetta"; first full-length Thai novel, adapted from English)
- H. G. Wells - Boon
- P. G. Wodehouse - Something Fresh (the first Blandings Castle novel)
- Virginia Woolf - The Voyage Out
- Hall Caine - The Drama of 365 Days: Scenes in the Great War
- Friedrich Naumann - Mitteleuropa
- Percy Sykes - A History of Persia
- Zhonghua Da Zidian (Chinese dictionary)
- T. S. Eliot - The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
- Geoffrey Faber - Interflow, Poems Mainly Lyrical
- Francis Ledwidge - Songs of the Fields
- Sergei Yesenin - Radumitsa
- February 2 - Khushwant Singh, Indian novelist and journalist
- March 18 - Richard Condon, novelist (died 1996)
- June 10 - Saul Bellow, writer (died 2005)
- July 1 - Alun Lewis, war poet (died 1944)
- July 7 - Margaret Walker, poet and novelist (died 1998)
- July 14 - Jerome Lawrence, dramatist (died 2004)
- July 31 - Herbert Aptheker, historian (died 2003)
- August 19 - Ring Lardner Jr., journalist and scriptwriter, one of the "Hollywood Ten" (died 2000)
- August 28 - Claude Roy, French poet (died 1997)
- October 17 - Arthur Miller, dramatist (died 2005)
- November 8 - G. S. Fraser, poet and critic (died 1980)
- December 22 - David Martin, poet (died 1997)
- December 27 - John Cornford, poet (died 1936)
- January 3 - James Elroy Flecker, poet, novelist and dramatist (born 1884; tuberculosis)
- February 4 - Mary Elizabeth Braddon, novelist (born 1837)
- April 8 - Louis Pergaud, French novelist (born 1882; killed in action)
- April 23 - Rupert Brooke, war poet (born 1887; blood poisoning while on active service)
- May 26 - Julian Grenfell, war poet (born 1888; killed in action)
- July 5 - Aurelio Tolentino, Filipino dramatist (born 1867)
- July 30 - Gerald William Grenfell, war poet (born c.1890; killed in action)
- September 27 - Remy de Gourmont, French Symbolist poet, novelist, and critic (born 1858; stroke)
- November 14 - Booker T. Washington, writer and educator (born 1856)
- "Royal Naval Division service record (extract)". The National Archives. Retrieved 11 November 2007.
- Gillmor, Don (2001). Canada: A People's History 2. Toronto, Ontario: McClelland & Stewart. p. 93. ISBN 0-7710-3341-9.
- Mosley, Nicholas (1976). Julian Grenfell: His Life and the Times of his Death 1888–1915. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 0297770934.
- "Second Lieutenant Gerald William Grenfell". Find a Grave. 2005-10-15. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- Balston, Thomas (1949). Wood-engraving in Modern English Books. London: National Book League.
- "Heinrich Mann (1871-1950)". Books and writers. 2008. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
- A coincidence exploited in Tom Stoppard's 1974 play Travesties.
- "A History of Persia". World Digital Library. 1921. Retrieved 2013-10-01.