1930 in literature
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The year 1930 in literature involved some significant events and new books.
- January 6 - An early literary character licensing agreement is signed by A. A. Milne, granting Stephen Slesinger U.S. and Canadian merchandising rights to the Winnie-the-Pooh works.
- February - Censorship of Publications Board begins to function in the Irish Free State. Among the first 13 books to be banned (announced in May) are Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley, The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall and several books on sex and marriage by Margaret Sanger and Marie Stopes.
- March 19 - Paul Robeson appears in the title role of Othello at the Savoy Theatre, London, with Peggy Ashcroft as Desdemona.
- May 6 - Collins Crime Club is launched as an imprint and marketing device for crime fiction published by British publisher William Collins.
- May 10 - John Masefield becomes Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom.
- July 14 - Luigi Pirandello's The Man with the Flower in His Mouth becomes the first-ever broadcast television drama, by the BBC in England.
- July 19 - Georges Simenon's detective character Inspector Jules Maigret makes his first appearance in print under Simenon's own name (following his abandonment of pseudonyms) when the novel Pietr-le-Letton (known in English as The Strange Case of Peter the Lett) begins serialization in the French weekly magazine Ric et Rac (published by Fayard). It will appear in book form in 1931 as the fifth of the 75 novels (as well as 28 short stories) Simenon will eventually write featuring the pipe-smoking Paris detective.
- September 11 - Agatha Christie marries archaeologist Max Mallowan.
- September 24 - First performance of Noël Coward's comedy Private Lives at the Phoenix Theatre (London) featuring Coward, Gertrude Lawrence and Laurence Olivier in the cast.
- November 5 - Sinclair Lewis is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
- December 10 - First performance of Bertolt Brecht's Lehrstück The Decision (Die Maßnahme), written in collaboration with Slatan Dudow and the composer Hanns Eisler, at the Großes Schauspielhaus in Berlin with Ernst Busch in the principal rôle.
- John Langalibalele Dube publishes the historical novella Insila kaShaka, the first work of fiction in the Zulu language.
- Franz Kafka's novel The Castle (1926) is first translated into English, by Willa and Edwin Muir.
New prose fiction
- Vicki Baum - Grand Hotel
- Pearl S. Buck - East Wind: West Wind
- John Dickson Carr - It Walks By Night
- Leslie Charteris - Enter the Saint
- 'Benazous de Chatt' (Abdelkader Chatt) - Mosaïques ternies ("Tarnished mosaics")
- Agatha Christie
- Albert Cohen - Solal of the Solals
- John Dos Passos - The 42nd Parallel
- William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
- Rachel Field - Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
- Zona Gale - Bridal Pond
- Dashiell Hammett - The Maltese Falcon
- A. P. Herbert - The Water Gipsies
- Hermann Hesse - Narcissus and Goldmund
- Georgette Heyer - Powder and Patch
- Sydney Horler - Checkmate
- Langston Hughes - Not Without Laughter
- Carolyn Keene - The Secret of the Old Clock
- Oliver La Farge - Laughing Boy
- D. H. Lawrence
- Love Among the Haystacks and Other Stories
- The Virgin and the Gypsy
- Norman Lindsay - Redheap
- André Malraux - The Royal Way (La Voie Royale)
- Frederic Manning (as "Private 19022") - Her Privates We (first trade edition)
- W. Somerset Maugham - Cakes and Ale
- André Maurois - Fattypuffs and Thinifers (Patapoufs et Filifers; illustrated by Jean Bruller)
- George Moore
- Aphrodite in Aulis
- A Flood
- Robert Musil - The Man Without Qualities (Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften, publication begins)
- Stratis Myrivilis - Η ζωή εν τάφω (I zoí en tafo, "Life in the Tomb"; book publication)
- Vladimir Nabokov
- Irène Némirovsky - Le Bal
- Camil Petrescu - Ultima noapte de dragoste, întâia noapte de război (The Last Night of Love, the First Night of War)
- Watty Piper - The Little Engine That Could
- J. B. Priestley - Angel Pavement
- Ellery Queen - The French Powder Mystery
- Arthur Ransome - Swallows and Amazons
- Elizabeth Madox Roberts - The Great Meadow
- Joseph Roth - Job
- Dorothy L. Sayers
- Nan Shepherd - The Weatherhouse
- Upton Sinclair - Mental Radio
- Olaf Stapledon - Last and First Men
- Miguel de Unamuno - San Manuel Bueno, Mártir
- Hugh Walpole - Rogue Herries
- Evelyn Waugh - Vile Bodies
- Thornton Wilder - The Woman of Andros
- Philip Gordon Wylie - Gladiator
- Rudolf Besier - The Barretts of Wimpole Street
- Antoine Bibesco - Ladies All
- Bertolt Brecht - Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and The Decision
- Ferdinand Bruckner - Elisabeth of England
- Jean Cocteau - La Voix humaine ("The Human Voice")
- Marc Connelly - The Green Pastures
- Noël Coward - Private Lives
- Geoffrey Kerr - London Calling
- Kwee Tek Hoay - Nonton Tjapgome ("Watching the lantern festival")
- Federico García Lorca - The Public and The Shoemaker's Prodigious Wife
- W. H. Auden - Poems
- Frederick Brereton (comp.) - An Anthology of War Poems
- T. S. Eliot - Ash Wednesday
- E. K. Chambers - William Shakespeare: A Study of Facts and Problems
- William Empson - Seven Types of Ambiguity
- Muhammad Iqbal - The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam
- G. Wilson Knight - The Wheel of Fire: interpretations of Shakespearian tragedy
- Edouard de Pomiane - Cuisine en dix minutes
- W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman - 1066 and All That
- Owen Wister - Roosevelt: The Story of a Friendship
- January 23 - Derek Walcott, Saint Lucian author
- February 17 - Ruth Rendell, born Ruth Barbara Grasemann, English author of detective novels and psychological murder mysteries
- March 8 - Douglas Hurd, English politician and novelist
- May 3 - Juan Gelman, Argentine poet (died 2014)
- July 13 - Sam Greenlee, African American author
- July 15 - Jacques Derrida, French literary critic (died 2004)
- August 17 - Ted Hughes, English poet (died 1998)
- September 25 - Shel Silverstein, American poet (died 1999)
- October 10 - Harold Pinter, English dramatist (died 2008)
- November 1 - A. R. Gurney, American dramatist
- November 5 - Clifford Irving, American literary forger
- November 16 - Chinua Achebe, Nigerian writer, academic and literary critic
- November 18 - J. G. Ballard, British author (died 2009)
- November 22 - Peter Hall, English theatre director
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: E. H. Young, Miss Mole
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Francis Yeats-Brown, Lives of a Bengal Lancer
- Newbery Medal for children's literature: Rachel Field, Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
- Nobel Prize for Literature: Sinclair Lewis
- Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Marc Connelly, The Green Pastures
- Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Conrad Aiken: Selected Poems
- Pulitzer Prize for the Novel: Oliver La Farge - Laughing Boy
- Iris Oifigiúil, 14 May 1930.
- Ellis, Samantha (2003-09-03). "Paul Robeson in Othello, Savoy Theatre, 1930". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2013-04-21.
- Sunday Times (Perth, WA), 11 May 1930. Accessed 28 October 2012
- Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 978-0-14-102715-9.
- "Maigret of the Month: Pietr-le-Letton (Maigret and the Enigmatic Lett)". July 2004. Retrieved 2013-04-05.