1952 in literature
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The year 1952 in literature involved some significant literary events and new literary publications.
- February - Launch of the influential historical periodical Past & Present.
- May - The works of André Gide are placed on the Catholic Church's Index of Forbidden Books by Pope Pius XII.
- August 12 - Night of the Murdered Poets, the execution of thirteen Soviet Jews in the Lubyanka Prison in Moscow, including several writers.
- September 6 - Universal Copyright Convention adopted at Geneva.
- October 17 - Samuel Beckett's play Waiting For Godot is published in French as En attendant Godot by Les Éditions de Minuit in Paris.
- November 25 - Agatha Christie's play The Mousetrap opens in London at the New Ambassadors Theatre. It will still be running in London sixty years later, having transferred next door to St Martin's Theatre in 1974.
- E. E. Cummings is appointed to a Charles Eliot Norton Professorship at Harvard University.
- Discovery by Derek J. de Solla Price of a lost medieval scientific work entitled Equatorie of the Planetis, initially attributed to Geoffrey Chaucer.
- J. L. Carr takes over as headmaster of Highfields Primary School, Kettering, which will eventually furnish the subject matter for his novel, The Harpole Report.
- The publisher Diogenes Verlag is founded in Zurich by Daniel Keel.
New prose fiction
- Isaac Asimov
- H. E. Bates - Love for Lydia
- John Bingham - My Name is Michael Sibley
- Pearl S. Buck - The Hidden Flower
- Ivan Bunin - The Life of Arseniev
- Italo Calvino
- John Dickson Carr
- Louis-Ferdinand Céline - Fable for Another Time
- Agatha Christie
- Brian Cleeve - The Far Hills
- Thomas B. Costain - The Silver Chalice
- A. J. Cronin - Adventures in Two Worlds
- August Derleth - Three Problems for Solar Pons
- August Derleth editor - Night's Yawning Peal: A Ghostly Company
- David F. Dodge - To Catch a Thief
- Ralph Ellison - Invisible Man
- Edna Ferber - Giant
- Paul Gallico - The Small Miracle
- Richard Gordon - Doctor in the House
- Han Suyin - A Many-Splendoured Thing
- Robert A. Heinlein - The Rolling Stones
- Ernest Hemingway - The Old Man and the Sea
- Patricia Highsmith (as Claire Morgan) - The Price of Salt
- Frances Parkinson Keyes - Steamboat Gothic
- David H. Keller - Tales from Underwood
- Arthur Koestler - Arrow in the Blue
- Doris Lessing - Martha Quest
- C. S. Lewis - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
- Bernard Malamud - The Natural
- Ana Maria Matute - Fiesta al noroeste
- Harry Mulisch - Archibald Strohalm
- C. L. Moore - Judgment Night
- R. K. Narayan - The Financial Expert
- Mary Norton - The Borrowers.
- Flannery O'Connor - Wise Blood
- Vin Packer - Spring Fire
- Anthony Powell - A Buyer's Market
- Barbara Pym - Excellent Women
- Ellery Queen - The King is Dead
- Lucien Rebatet - Les Deux étendards
- Charles Shaw - Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
- Howard Spring - The Houses in Between
- John Steinbeck - East of Eden
- Rex Stout
- Edith Templeton - The Island of Desire
- Agnes Sligh Turnbull - The Gown of Glory
- Amos Tutuola - The Palm-Wine Drinkard
- Vercors - Les Animaux dénaturés
- Arved Viirlaid - Ristideta hauad ("Graves Without Crosses")
- Kurt Vonnegut - Player Piano
- Evelyn Waugh - Men at Arms
- Hillary Waugh - Last Seen Wearing ...
- E. B. White - Charlotte's Web
- Angus Wilson - Hemlock and After
- Frank Yerby - The Saracen Blade
- Jean Anouilh - L'Alouette
- Robertson Davies - A Masque of Aesop
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt - The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi
- Charles Langbridge Morgan - The River Line
- Terence Rattigan - The Deep Blue Sea
- Paul Celan - Poppy and Memory (German: Mohn und Gedächtnis)
- David Jones - The Anathemata: fragments of an attempted writing
- Gabriela Mistral - Los sonetos de la muerte y otros poemas elegíacos
- Sean O Riordain - Eireaball Spideoige
- Roland Bainton - The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century
- L. Sprague de Camp and Willy Ley - Lands Beyond
- Dorothy Day - The Long Loneliness
- Lawrence Gowing - Vermeer
- Aldous Huxley - The Devils of Loudun; Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow
- Norman Vincent Peale - The Power of Positive Thinking
- Gwen Raverat - Period Piece
- P. R. Reid - The Colditz Story
- Jean-Paul Sartre - Saint Genet, comédien et martyr
- Pierre Schaeffer - In Search of a Concrete Music (À la Recherche d'une Musique Concrète)
- F. Sherwood Taylor - The Alchemists
- Paul Tillich - Courage To Be
- Immanuel Velikovsky - Ages in Chaos
- J. M. Wallace-Hadrill - The Barbarian West, 400–1000
- Raymond Williams - Drama from Ibsen to Eliot
- January 4 - Michele Wallace, American feminist author, daughter of Faith Ringgold
- January 12 - Walter Mosley, American novelist
- February 10 - Gail Rebuck, English publisher
- February 19 - Amy Tan, American novelist
- February 29 - Tim Powers, American fantasy author
- March 11 - Douglas Adams, English science fiction author (died 2001)
- June 7 - Orhan Pamuk, Turkish novelist, Nobel Prize in Literature 2006
- June 20 - Vikram Seth, Indian novelist
- August 28 - Rita Dove, American poet
- December 19 - Sean O'Brien, British poet
- date unknown - Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden, American author of fantasy novels under the pennames Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm
- January 22 - Roger Vitrac, French poet and dramatist, 52
- February 7 - Norman Douglas, novelist, 83
- February 13 - Josephine Tey, crime novelist, 55
- February 19 - Knut Hamsun, Norwegian novelist and Nobel Laureate, 92
- March 1 - Mariano Azuela, Mexican novelist, dramatist and critic, 79
- April 1 - Ferenc Molnár, Hungarian dramatist and novelist, 74
- May 26 - Eugene Jolas, US-French writer, literary translator and critic, 57
- June 1 - John Dewey, philosopher and psychologist, 92
- July 1 - A. S. W. Rosenbach, book collector, 75
- July 8 - August Alle, Estonian writer, 61
- August 9 - Jeffery Farnol, historical romance novelist, 74
- August 15 - Dora Diamant, lover of Franz Kafka and preserver of his work, 54 (kidney failure)
- August 22 - H. J. Massingham, "ruralist" writer, 64
- September 29 – George Santayana, Spanish philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist, 88
- October 4 - Keith Murdoch, Australian journalist, father of Rupert Murdoch, 67
- November 4 - Gilbert Frankau, novelist, 68
- November 13 - Margaret Wise Brown, children's author, 42 (embolism)
- November 16 - Charles Maurras, French poet and critic, 84
- November 18 - Paul Éluard, French Surrealist poet, 56 (heart attack)
- November 23 – Aaro Hellaakoski, Finnish poet, 59
- December 6 - Cicely Hamilton, dramatist, 80
- Carnegie Medal for children's literature: Mary Norton, The Borrowers
- Frost Medal: Carl Sandburg
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Evelyn Waugh, Men at Arms
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: G. M. Young, Stanley Baldwin
- National Book Award: James Jones, From Here to Eternity.
- Newbery Medal for children's literature: Eleanor Estes, Ginger Pye
- Newdigate prize: Donald Hall
- Nobel Prize for Literature: François Mauriac
- Premio Nadal: María Medio Estrada, Nosotros, los Rivero
- Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Joseph Kramm, The Shrike
- Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Herman Wouk - The Caine Mutiny
- Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Marianne Moore, Collected Poems
- King's Gold Medal for Poetry: Andrew Young
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- Keating, H. R. F. (1982). Whodunit? – a guide to crime, suspense and spy fiction. London: Windward. ISBN 0-7112-0249-4.
- Kerrel, Sorbel (2003). Jewish Writers of the Twentieth Century. New York: Fitzroy Dearborn. p. 212. ISBN 9781579583132.
- "The Nobel Prize in Literature 1945 - Gabriela Mistral - Bibliography". Nobelprize.org. 2011. Retrieved 2013-09-02.
- Crotty, Patrick, ed. (1995). Modern Irish Poetry: An Anthology. Belfast: Blackstaff Press. ISBN 0-85640-561-2.