1942 in literature
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The year 1942 in literature involved some significant events and new books.
- February 22 - Austrian-born novelist Stefan Zweig and his wife Lotte are found dead of barbiturate overdose in their home in Petrópolis, Brazil, leaving notes indicating their despair at the future of European civilization. The manuscript of his autobiography The World of Yesterday was posted to his publisher a day previously and is first published in Stockholm later in the year as Die Welt von Gestern.
- March - Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics are introduced in his short story "Runaround" published in Astounding Science-Fiction.
- April 9 - The New York Times launches the national version of its influential New York Times Best Seller list.
- April 29 - The newspaper Asia Raja is first published in the Dutch East Indies under Japanese occupation; it will publish a number of literary works.
- June 4 - Release of the film Mrs. Miniver, for which novelist James Hilton will share an Academy Award for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) (4 March 1943).
- Late summer - Jean Bruller's novella Le Silence de la mer ("The Silence of the Sea"), concerning resistance to the Nazi occupation of France, is distributed clandestinely from Paris under the pseudonym "Vercors" (nominally published February 20).
- Autumn - Vasily Grossman is present at the Battle of Stalingrad as a reporter for the Soviet Army newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda; he later uses the experience in his novel Life and Fate (Жизнь и судьба, completed 1959).
- November 19 - Polish Jewish writer and artist Bruno Schulz is shot dead while walking through the "Aryan quarter" of his hometown, Drohobych, by a Gestapo officer.
- Robertson Davies begins a 13-year spell as editor of the Peterborough Examiner in Ontario.
- André Gide leaves France to live in Tunis.
- Thomas Mann moves to California.
New fiction books
- Samuel Hopkins Adams - The Harvey Girls
- Henry Bellamann - Floods of Spring
- Earle Birney - David
- Taylor Caldwell - The Strong City
- Albert Camus - The Stranger (L'Étranger)
- John Dickson Carr
- Joyce Cary - To Be a Pilgrim
- Camilo José Cela - The Family of Pascual Duarte
- Raymond Chandler - The High Window
- Agatha Christie
- Lloyd C. Douglas - The Robe
- Daphne du Maurier - Frenchman's Creek
- Rachel Field - And Now Tomorrow
- F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Last Tycoon
- Robert A. Heinlein - Beyond This Horizon
- Kalki Krishnamurthy - Parthiban Kanavu
- C. S. Lewis - The Screwtape Letters
- Janette Sebring Lowrey - The Poky Little Puppy
- Sándor Márai - Embers
- Beryl Markham - West with the Night
- Ellery Queen - Calamity Town
- Raymond Queneau - Pierrot mon ami
- Clayton Rawson - No Coffin for the Corpse
- Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings - Cross Creek
- Nevil Shute - Pied Piper
- Curt Siodmak - Donovan's Brain
- Clark Ashton Smith - Out of Space and Time
- Eleanor Smith
- John Steinbeck - The Moon is Down
- Rex Stout - Black Orchids
- Antal Szerb (as "A. H. Redcliff") - Oliver VII (VII. Olivér)
- Phoebe Atwood Taylor
- The Six Iron Spiders
- Three Plots for Asey Mayo
- Vercors - Le Silence de la mer
- Evelyn Waugh - Put Out More Flags
- Cornell Woolrich - Black Alibi
- Wu Cheng'en, translated by Arthur Waley - Monkey
- Jean Anouilh - Antigone
- Maurice Druon - Mégarée
- Kaj Munk - Niels Ebbesen
- Eugene O'Neill - A Touch of the Poet (written)
- Elizabeth Bowen - Bowen's Court
- Albert Camus - The Myth of Sisyphus (Le Mythe de Sisyphe)
- Salvador Dalí - The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí
- Edith Hamilton - Mythology
- Richard Hillary - The Last Enemy
- Aldous Huxley - The Art of Seeing
- C. S. Lewis - A Preface to Paradise Lost
- Elliot Paul - The Last Time I Saw Paris
- Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. - Picketing Hell
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - Flight to Arras
- Rebecca West - Black Lamb and Grey Falcon
- January 31 - Derek Jarman, film director, writer (died 1994)
- February 1 - Terry Jones, comedian and writer
- February 19 or 24 - David Williamson, Australian playwright
- March 2 - John Irving, novelist
- April 1 - Samuel R. Delany, novelist and critic
- April 4 - Kitty Kelley, journalist and biographer
- April 6 - Barry Levinson, screenwriter, director and producer
- April 20 – Arto Paasilinna, Finnish author
- May 6 - Ariel Dorfman, Argentine-Chilean novelist, playwright, essayist, academic, and human rights activist
- August 2 - Isabel Allende, novelist
- August 7 - Garrison Keillor, Lake Wobegon Days author
- September 1 - António Lobo Antunes, Portuguese novelist
- October 23
- October 24 - Frank Delaney, Irish novelist, journalist and broadcaster
- November 8 - Fernando Sorrentino, Argentine writer
- November 24 - Craig Thomas, novelist (died 2011)
- December 6 - Peter Handke, Austrian novelist
- date unknown - Mohamed Zafzaf, Moroccan novelist (died 2001)
- April 24 - Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian novelist and creator of Anne of Green Gables, 67
- May 20 - Nini Roll Anker, Norwegian novelist and playwright, 69
- May 26 - Libero Bovio, Neapolitan dialect poet, 58
- June 30 - Léon Daudet, French journalist, son of Alphonse Daudet, 74
- July 1 - Peadar Toner Mac Fhionnlaoich, Irish language writer, 84
- July 20 - Moses Annenberg, newspaper publisher, 65
- August 17 - Irène Némirovsky, Russian-born French novelist, 39 (in Auschwitz concentration camp)
- September 19 - Condé Nast, American magazine publisher, 69
- September 26 - Oskar Kraus, Czech philosopher, 70
- October 14 - Cosmo Hamilton, English dramatist and novelist, 72
- October 20 - Friedrich Münzer, German classical scholar, 74
- November 4 - Eleanor Stackhouse Atkinson, American writer and author of Greyfriars Bobby, 79
- December 23 - Konstantin Balmont, Russian Symbolist poet and translator, 75
- Carnegie Medal for children's literature: Denys Watkins-Pitchford, The Little Grey Men
- Frost Medal: Edgar Lee Masters
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Arthur Waley, Translation of Monkey by Wu Cheng'en
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede, Henry Ponsonby: Queen Victoria's Private Secretary
- Newbery Medal for children's literature: Walter D. Edmonds, The Matchlock Gun
- Nobel Prize for literature: not awarded
- Pulitzer Prize for Drama: not awarded
- Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: William Rose Benet, The Dust Which Is God
- Pulitzer Prize for the Novel: Ellen Glasgow, In This Our Life
- Davis, Darién J.; Marshall, Oliver, ed. (2010). Stefan and Lotte Zweig's South American Letters: New York, Argentina and Brazil, 1940-42. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 41. Laurent Seksik's 2010 novel Les Derniers Jours de Stefan Zweig is set in this period.
- Bruller, Jean (1967). La bataille du silence.