1921 in literature
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The year 1921 in literature involved some significant literary events and new books.
- January 1 - The Jonathan Cape publishing business is established in Bloomsbury (London) by Herbert Jonathan Cape and Wren Howard.
- February - Margaret Caroline Anderson and Jane Heap, publishers of The Little Review, are convicted of obscenity in a New York court for publishing the "Nausicaa" episode of James Joyce's Ulysses.
- April 20 - Ferenc Molnár's play Liliom is first produced on Broadway in English.
- May 9 - The première of Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author (Sei personaggi in cerca d'autore) at the Teatro Valle in Rome divides the audience.
- June 10 - D. H. Lawrence's novel Women in Love is first published in a trade edition, by Martin Secker in London.
- September 5 - The Cervantes Theatre (Buenos Aires) in Argentina opens with a production of Lope de Vega's La dama boba ("The foolish lady", 1613).
- September 26 - Opening of the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich, England, an old chapel reconstructed as a recreation of an English Renaissance theatre building for the production of period drama by an amateur repertory company under the direction of Walter Nugent Monck.
- December 9 - John William Gott becomes the last person in England to be imprisoned for blasphemous libel.
- December 31 - Mexican poet Manuel Maples Arce distributes the first Stridentist manifesto, Comprimido estridentista, in the broadsheet Actual n°1 (Mexico City).
- Jorge Luis Borges returns to Buenos Aires after a period living in Europe.
- Dorita Fairlie Bruce – The Senior Prefect
- Edgar Rice Burroughs – Tarzan the Terrible
- James Branch Cabell – Figures of Earth
- Hall Caine – The Master of Man
- Willa Cather – Alexander's Bridge
- Arthur Chapman – Mystery Ranch
- Marie Corelli – The Secret Power
- Miloš Crnjanski – The Journal of Čarnojević (Дневник о Чарнојевићу, Dnevnik o Čarnojeviću)
- Walter de la Mare – Memoirs of a Midget
- Eleanor Farjeon – Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard
- Fran Saleški Finžgar - Pod svobodnim soncem
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Mikkjel Fønhus – Troll-Elgen
- John Galsworthy – To Let (last in The Forsyte Saga)
- H. Rider Haggard – She and Allan
- Georgette Heyer – The Black Moth
- A. S. M. Hutchinson – If Winter Comes
- Aldous Huxley – Crome Yellow
- Sheila Kaye-Smith – Joanna Godden
- Denis Mackail – Romance to the Rescue
- René Maran – Batouala
- L. M. Montgomery – Rilla of Ingleside
- George Moore – Heloise and Abelard
- Paul Morand - Tender Shoots
- Baroness Orczy
- Alejandro Pérez Lugín - Currito of the Cross
- Gene Stratton Porter – Her Father's Daughter
- Marcel Proust
- Sukumar Ray - HaJaBaRaLa
- Iñigo Ed. Regalado - May Pagsinta'y Walang Puso
- Rafael Sabatini – Scaramouche
- Naoya Shiga – A Dark Night's Passing (暗夜行路, An'ya Kōro; serialized 1921–37)
- Booth Tarkington – Alice Adams
- Sigrid Undset – The Mistress of Husaby
- Eugene Walter – The Byzantine Riddle and other stories
- Elinor Wylie – Nets to Catch the Wind
- Francis Brett Young – The Black Diamond
- Yevgeny Zamyatin – We (Мы; completed)
- Hjalmar Bergman – Thy Rod and Thy Staff
- Karel Čapek – R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)
- Susan Glaspell – Inheritors and The Verge
- Roland Pertwee – Out to Win
- Luigi Pirandello – Six Characters in Search of an Author
- Tristan Tzara – The Gas Heart
- Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz – The Water Hen
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- Langston Hughes – "The Negro Speaks of Rivers", in The Crisis
- Charlotte Mew – Saturday Market
- William Carlos Williams – Sour Grapes
- William Butler Yeats – Michael Robartes and the Dancer
- Adolphe Appia – L’oeuvre d’art vivant ("The living work of art")
- Sarah Bernhardt – The Idol of Paris
- Joseph Chaikov – Skulptur (first Yiddish-language work on the subject)
- D. H. Lawrence – Sea and Sardinia
- Edward Sapir – Language: an introduction to the study of speech
- Hendrik Willem van Loon – The Story of Mankind
- Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk – Further Essays on Capital and Interest
- Ludwig Wittgenstein – Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
- January 5 – Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Swiss writer (died 1990)
- January 19 – Patricia Highsmith, American crime writer (died 1995)
- February 4 – Betty Friedan, American feminist author (died 2006)
- February 15 – Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (died 1985)
- March 1 – Richard Wilbur, American poet and translator
- March 24 – Wilson Harris, Guyanese poet, novelist and essayist
- May 23
- May 29 – Henry Scholberg, American bibliographer (died 2012)
- June 11 – Michael Meyer, English translator and biographer (died 2000)
- August 11 – Alex Haley, American writer (died 1992)
- August 17 – Elinor Lyon, English children's writer (died 2008)
- September 26 – Cyprian Ekwensi, Nigerian writer (died 2007)
- October 17 – George Mackay Brown, Scottish poet (died 1996)
- November 22 – Brian Cleeve, Irish author (died 2003)
- December 20 – Israil Bercovici, Romanian dramatist and historian (died 1988)
- March 22 – Ernest William Hornung, English author (born 1866)
- April 6 – Maximilian Berlitz, German-born American textbook writer and language school proprietor (born 1852)
- May 5 – Alfred Hermann Fried, Austrian publicist (born 1864)
- May 12 – Emilia Pardo Bazán, Spanish novelist (born 1851)
- May 13 – Jean Aicard, French writer (born 1848)
- June 5 – Georges Feydeau, French playwright (born 1862)
- June 26 – Alfred Percy Sinnett, English Theosophist author (born 1840)
- July 4 – Antoni Grabowski, Polish Esperantist (born 1857)
- August 7 – Alexander Blok, Russian poet (born 1880)
- August 25 – Nikolay Gumilev, Russian poet (executed, born 1886)
- October 10 – Otto von Gierke, German historian (born 1841)
- November 8 – Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, Slovak poet, dramatist and translator (born 1849)
- November 14 – Christabel Rose Coleridge English novelist and editor (born 1843)
- Unknown date – John Habberton, American critic (born 1842)
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Walter de la Mare, Memoirs of a Midget
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Lytton Strachey, Queen Victoria
- Nobel Prize for Literature: Anatole France
- Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Zona Gale, Miss Lulu Bett
- Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: no award given
- Pulitzer Prize for the Novel: Edith Wharton – The Age of Innocence
- Ellmann, Richard (1982). James Joyce. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 502–04. ISBN 0-1950-3103-2.
- "Teatro Nacional Cervantes" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2014-01-14.
- "Norwich Players' New Theatre". The Times (42836) (London). 1921-09-27. p. 8.
- Elster, Kristian (1924). Illustreret Norsk litteraturhistorie (in Norwegian) 2. Kristiania: Gyldendal. p. 808.
- Leavis, Q. D. (1965). Fiction and the Reading Public (rev. ed.). London: Chatto & Windus.
- Apter-Gabriel, Ruth (1987). Tradition and revolution: the Jewish renaissance in Russian avant-garde art, 1912-1928. Israel Museum. p. 67.
- Non Series #138- Trif and Trixy// John Habberton autograph March 7, 2012. Accessed 9 January 2012