1942 in literature
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The year 1942 in literature involved some significant events and new books.
- February 20 - Jean Bruller's novella Le Silence de la mer ("The Silence of the Sea"), concerning resistance to the Nazi occupation of France, is issued clandestinely as the first publication of Les Éditions de Minuit in Paris under the pseudonym "Vercors". 100 copies are distributed from late summer; the remainder are destroyed by the occupying authorities.
- 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, posted to his publisher a day previously, 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).
- 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).
- October - Keith Douglas takes part in the Second Battle of El Alamein (against orders).
- 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 (La Familia de 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 (பார்த்திபன் கனவு, "Parthiban's dream")
- Maura Laverty - Never No More
- C. S. Lewis - The Screwtape Letters
- Janette Sebring Lowrey - The Poky Little Puppy
- Sándor Márai - Embers (A gyertyák csonkig égnek)
- 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
- Anna Seghers - The Seventh Cross (Das siebte Kreuz)
- 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
- Hildegarde Swift - The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge
- Antal Szerb (as "A. H. Redcliff") - Oliver VII (VII. Olivér)
- Phoebe Atwood Taylor
- The Six Iron Spiders
- Three Plots for Asey Mayo
- Tomita Tsuneo - Sanshiro Sugata (姿三四郎)
- Vercors - Le Silence de la mer
- Evelyn Waugh - Put Out More Flags
- Franz Werfel - The Song of Bernadette
- Cornell Woolrich - Black Alibi
- S. Fowler Wright
- Second Bout with the Mildew Gang
- The Siege of Malta
- Wu Cheng'en, translated by Arthur Waley - Monkey
- Xiao Hong (died 1942) - Hulanhe zhuan (呼兰河传, "Tales of the Hulan River")
- Jean Anouilh - Antigone
- Paul Vincent Carroll - The Strings Are False
- 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, English film director, writer and diarist (died 1994)
- February 1 – Terry Jones, Welsh comedian and writer
- February – David Williamson, Australian playwright
- March 2 – John Irving, American novelist and screenwriter
- April 1 – Samuel R. Delany, American novelist, essayist and critic
- April 4 – Kitty Kelley, American biographer and journalist
- April 20 – Arto Paasilinna, Finnish novelist and journalist
- May 6 – Ariel Dorfman, Argentine/Chilean novelist, playwright and essayist
- August 2 – Isabel Allende, Chilean novelist
- August 7 – Garrison Keillor, American humorous writer and broadcaster
- September 1 – António Lobo Antunes, Portuguese novelist and physician
- October 23
- October 24 – Frank Delaney, Irish novelist, journalist and broadcaster
- November 8 – Fernando Sorrentino, Argentine writer
- November 24 – Craig Thomas, Welsh novelist (died 2011)
- December 6 – Peter Handke, Austrian novelist and playwright
- Unknown date - Mohamed Zafzaf, Moroccan novelist (died 2001)
- February 2 – Daniil Kharms, Russian poet, writer and dramatist (died in prison, born 1905)
- March 28 – Miguel Hernández, Spanish poet (died in prison, born 1910)
- April 24 – Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian novelist and children's writer (born 1874)
- May 11 – Sakutarō Hagiwara (萩原 朔太郎), Japanese poet (born 1886)
- May 20 – Nini Roll Anker, Norwegian novelist and playwright (born 1873)
- May 26 – Libero Bovio, Neapolitan dialect poet (born 1883)
- May 29 – Akiko Yosano (与謝野 晶子, Yosano Shiyo), Japanese poet and feminist (born 1878)
- May – Jakob van Hoddis (Hans Davidsohn) German poet (died in extermination camp (born 1887)
- June 30 – Léon Daudet, French writer and journalist (born 1867)
- July 1 – Peadar Toner Mac Fhionnlaoich, Irish writer in Irish (born 1857)
- August 17 – Irène Némirovsky, Russian-born French novelist (died in concentration camp (born 1903)
- September 26 – Oskar Kraus, Czech philosopher (born 1872)
- October 14 – Cosmo Hamilton, English dramatist and novelist (born 1870)
- October 20 – Friedrich Münzer, German classicist (born 1868)
- October 29 – Màrius Torres, Catalan Spanish poet (born 1910)
- November 4 – Eleanor Stackhouse Atkinson, American novelist and textbook and children's writer (born 1863)
- December 23 – Konstantin Balmont, Russian Symbolist poet and translator (born 1867)
- 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
- Bruller, Jean (1967). La bataille du silence.
- 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.