1927 in literature
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The year 1927 in literature involved some significant events and new books.
- May 5 — Virginia Woolf's stream of consciousness novel To the Lighthouse is published by the Hogarth Press in London; considered a landmark of high modernism, a second impression follows in June.
- June 29 — T. S. Eliot is baptised into the Church of England at Finstock; in November he takes British citizenship.
- July 7 — James Joyce's collection Pomes Penyeach is published by Shakespeare and Company in Paris.
- July 9 — P. G. Wodehouse's short story "Pig-hoo-o-o-o-ey" is published in the United States magazine Liberty introducing Lord Emsworth's prize pig, Empress of Blandings (first U.K. publication in August issue of The Strand Magazine).
- August — T. S. Eliot's poem Journey of the Magi is published in Faber and Gwyer's Ariel poems series (London) illustrated by E. McKnight Kauffer.
- September — Eric Blair ("George Orwell") decides while on leave to remain in the UK, resigns from his post with the Imperial Police in Burma, and moves to London to become a writer.
- Expatriate American writer Natalie Clifford Barney starts an informal Académie des femmes to honor woman writers at her Paris salon. Honorees include Colette, Gertrude Stein, Anna Wickham, Rachilde, Lucie Delarue-Mardrus, Mina Loy, Djuna Barnes and (posthumously) Renée Vivien.
- Translation of Franz Roh's work of artistic criticism Nach Expressionismus – Magischer Realismus: Probleme der neuesten europäischen Malerei ("After Expressionism – Magical Realism: Problems of the newest European painting", 1925) into Spanish by Revista de Occidente leads to the concept of magic realism becoming popular in Latin American literature.
- Victor Gollancz establishes the London publishing house Victor Gollancz Ltd.
- The Books Kinokuniya bookstore business is established in Tokyo.
- The Strand Bookstore business is established in Manhattan by Benjamin Bass.
New prose fiction
- Djamaluddin Adinegoro - Darah Muda ("Young Blood")
- Arthur Bernède - Belphégor
- Tjoe Hong Bok - Setangan Berloemoer Darah ("A Glove Covered in Blood")
- James Boyd - Marching On
- Edgar Rice Burroughs - The Outlaw of Torn
- James Branch Cabell - Something About Eve
- Willa Cather - Death Comes for the Archbishop
- Blaise Cendrars - La Confession de Dan Yack
- Agatha Christie - The Big Four
- Jaime de Angulo - The Lariat
- Mazo de la Roche - Jalna
- Franklin W. Dixon - The Tower Treasure
- Arthur Conan Doyle - The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
- William Faulkner - Mosquitoes
- David Garnett - Go She Must!
- Julien Green - The Closed Garden
- Ernest Hemingway - Men Without Women
- Hermann Hesse - Steppenwolf
- Will James - Smoky the Cowhorse
- James Weldon Johnson - God's Trombones
- Franz Kafka - Amerika
- Kwee Tek Hoay - Boenga Roos dari Tjikembang
- Halldór Laxness - Vefarinn mikli frá Kasmír ("The Great Weaver from Kashmir")
- Rosamond Lehmann - Dusty Answer
- Sinclair Lewis - Elmer Gantry
- Waverley Lewis Root - King of the Jews
- Philip MacDonald - Patrol
- François Mauriac - Thérèse Desqueyroux
- Vilhelm Moberg - Raskens
- Mourning Dove - Cogewea, the Half-Blood: A Depiction of the Great Montana Cattle Range
- Yury Olesha - Envy
- Baroness Orczy - Sir Percy Hits Back
- Marcel Proust (posthumous) - Le Temps retrouvé ("Time Regained" or "The Past Recaptured"; final instalment of In Search of Lost Time)
- Joseph Roth - Flight without End
- Dorothy L. Sayers - Unnatural Death
- Upton Sinclair - Oil!
- B. Traven - Der Schatz der Sierra Madre ("The Treasure of the Sierra Madre")
- Sigrid Undset
- The Snake Pit
- The Son Avenger
- S. S. Van Dine - The Canary Murder Case
- Thornton Wilder - The Bridge of San Luis Rey
- Henry Williamson - Tarka the Otter
- P. G. Wodehouse
- Virginia Woolf - To the Lighthouse
- Eiji Yoshikawa - Naruto Hitcho (鳴門秘帖, "A Secret Record of Naruto"; serialization concludes)
- Arnold Zweig - Streit um den Sergeanten Grischa ("The Case of Sergeant Grischa")
- Isaac Babel - Sunset
- Philip Barry - Paris Bound
- Bertolt Brecht - In The Jungle of Cities (Im Dickicht der Städte; in its final version)
- Mikhail Bulgakov - Flight (written)
- Federico García Lorca - Mariana Pineda
- DuBose Heyward and Dorothy Heyward - Porgy
- Vsevolod Ivanov - Armoured Train 14-69 (Бронепоезд 14-69, Bronepoezd 14-69)
- George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber - The Royal Family
- John Howard Lawson - Loud Speaker
- W. Somerset Maugham - The Letter
- Ernst Toller - Hoppla, We're Alive! (Hoppla, wir leben!)
- Ben Travers - Thark
- Jim Tully - Twenty Below
- Bayard Veiller - The Trial of Mary Dugan
- Roger Vitrac - The Mysteries of Love (Les Mystères de l'amour)
- Carl Zuckmayer - Schinderhannes
Main article: 1927 in poetry
- Robert Desnos - La liberté ou l'amour!
- Allama Iqbal - Zabur-i-Ajam (Persian Psalms)
- James Joyce - Pomes Penyeach
- Don Marquis - archy and mehitabel
- A. A. Milne - Now We Are Six
- Nan Britton - The President's Daughter
- John Dewey - Philosophy and Civilization
- J. W. Dunne - An Experiment with Time
- E. M. Forster - Aspects of the Novel
- Sigmund Freud - The Future of an Illusion (Die Zukunft einer Illusion)
- Martin Heidegger - Being and Time (Sein und Zeit)
- John Livingston Lowes - The Road to Xanadu: A Study in the Ways of the Imagination
- Bertrand Russell - An Outline of Philosophy
- Helen Waddell - The Wandering Scholars
- January 8 – Charles Tomlinson, English poet
- January 16 – Oldřich Daněk, Czech dramatist (died 2000)
- January 28 – Vera Williams, American author and illustrator
- February 1 – Galway Kinnell, American poet
- February 6 – William Gardner Smith, expatriate American novelist & journalist
- February 16 – Shahidullah Kaiser, Bangladeshi novelist (died 1971)
- February 21 – Erma Bombeck, American humorist (died 1996)
- March 6 – Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian novelist (died 2014)
- March 18 – George Plimpton, American writer and actor (died 2003)
- May 19 – Yusuf Idris, Egyptian writer (died 1991)
- May 25 – Robert Ludlum, American novelist (died 2001)
- May 27 – Malayattoor Ramakrishnan, Indian Malayali novelist (died 1997)
- June 20 – Simin Behbahani, Persian poet (died 2014)
- July 4 – Neil Simon, American playwright
- August 15 – Patrick Galvin, Irish poet and dramatist (died 2011)
- August 23 – Dick Bruna, Dutch author and illustrator
- August 24 – David Ireland, Australian novelist
- August 27 – Fouad al-Tikerly, Iraqi novelist and writer (died 2008)
- September 4 – Bernardino Zapponi, Italian novelist (died 2000)
- September 30 – W. S. Merwin, American poet
- October 16 – Günter Grass, German novelist (died 2015)
- December 13 – James Wright, American poet (died 1980)
- December 24 – Mary Higgins Clark, American novelist
- March 18 – Philip Wicksteed, English theologian and critic (born 1844)
- March 31 – Mabel Collins, British theosophist and author (born 1851)
- April 16 – Gaston Leroux, French novelist (born 1868)
- May 25 – Henri Hubert, French sociologist (born 1872)
- May 29 – Georges Eekhoud, Belgian novelist (born 1854)
- June 1 – J. B. Bury, Irish historian (born 1861)
- June 9 – Adolfo León Gómez, Colombian poet (born 1857)
- June 14 – Jerome K. Jerome, English humorous writer (born 1859)
- July 5 – Lesbia Harford, Australian poet (born 1891)
- July 24 – Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (芥川 龍之介), Japanese short story writer and poet (suicide, born 1892)
- August 13 – James Oliver Curwood, American novelist and conservationist (born 1878)
- August 24 – Manuel Díaz Rodríguez, Venezuelan writer (born 1871)
- September 14 – Hugo Ball, German poet (born 1886)
- October 8
- October 22 – Borisav Stanković, Serbian writer (born 1876)
- November 23 – Stanisław Przybyszewski, Polish novelist, dramatist, and poet (born 1868)
- December 5 – Fyodor Sologub, Russian dramatist and essayist (born 1863)
- December 17 – Hubert Harrison, African-American writer, critic, and activist (born 1883)
- Unknown date – Alfred Remy, German-born American philologist and music writer (born 1870)
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Francis Brett Young, The Portrait of Clare
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: H. A. L. Fisher, James Bryce, Viscount Bryce of Dechmont, O.M.
- Newbery Medal for children's literature: Will James, Smoky the Cow Horse
- Nobel Prize for Literature: Henri Bergson
- Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Paul Green, In Abraham's Bosom
- Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Leonora Speyer, Fiddler's Farewell
- Pulitzer Prize for the Novel: Louis Bromfield, Early Autumn
- "100 Best Novels". Modern Library. 1999. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
- Wickes, George (1976). The Amazon of Letters. New York: Putnam. pp. 153, 167. ISBN 0-399-11864-0.
- Guenther, Irene. "Magic Realism in the Weimar Republic" in MR: Theory, History, Community.
- "Obituary: "Dr. John Dewey Dead at 92; Philosopher a Noted Liberal". The New York Times. 1952. Retrieved 2013-06-13.
- Escuela Normal Superior de Chascomús.