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.
- The National Library of Burma is established in Rangoon.
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
- Branko Ćopić - ''Prolom ("The Break-out")
- 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
- Jean Dutourd - The Best Butter
- 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
- Jim Thompson - The Killer Inside Me
- 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 (novel)
- 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
- Rodney Ackland - The Pink Room
- Jean Anouilh - The Lark (L'Alouette)
- Robertson Davies - A Masque of Aesop
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt - The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi (Die Ehe des Herrn Mississippi, first performance)
- Charles Langbridge Morgan - The River Line
- Terence Rattigan - The Deep Blue Sea
Main article: 1952 in poetry
- 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
- 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 5 – Robin Hobb (Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden, Megan Lindholm), American fantasy author
- March 7 – William Boyd, Gold Coast-born Scottish novelist and screenwriter
- March 11 – Douglas Adams, English science fiction author (died 2001)
- June 7 – Orhan Pamuk, Turkish novelist and Nobel laureate (died 2006)
- June 20 – Vikram Seth, Indian novelist
- July 3 – Rohinton Mistry, Indian-born Canadian novelist
- July 18 – Per Petterson, Norwegian novelist
- August 28 – Rita Dove, American poet
- October 18 – Bảo Ninh, Vietnamese author
- November 21 – Pedro Lemebel, Chilean novelist
- December 19 – Sean O'Brien, English poet
- Unknown date – Hoda Barakat, Lebanese novelist
- January 22 – Roger Vitrac, French poet and dramatist (born 1899)
- February 7 – Norman Douglas, Austrian-born Scottish novelist (born 1868)
- February 13 – Josephine Tey (Elizabeth Mackintosh), Scottish crime novelist (born 1896)
- February 19 – Knut Hamsun, Norwegian novelist and Nobel laureate (born 1859)
- March 1 – Mariano Azuela, Mexican novelist, dramatist and critic (born 1873)
- April 1 – Ferenc Molnár (Ferenc Neumann), Hungarian dramatist and novelist (born 1878)
- May 26 – Eugene Jolas, American/French writer, literary translator and critic (born 1894)
- June 1 – John Dewey, American philosopher and psychologist (born 1859)
- July 1 – A. S. W. Rosenbach, American book collector (born 1876)
- July 8 – August Alle, Estonian writer (born 1890)
- August 9 – Jeffery Farnol, English historical novelist (born 1878)
- August 22 – H. J. Massingham, English countryside writer (born 1888)
- September 29 – George Santayana, Spanish philosopher, poet and novelist writing in English (born 1863)
- October 4 – Keith Murdoch, Australian journalist (born 1885)
- October 6 – Teffi (Nadezhda Alexandrovna Buchinskaya), Russian humorist (born 1872)
- November 4 – Gilbert Frankau, English novelist (born 1884)
- November 13 – Margaret Wise Brown, American children's author (embolism, born 1910)
- November 16 – Charles Maurras, French poet and critic (born 1868)
- November 18 – Paul Éluard, French surrealist poet (heart attack, born 1895)
- November 23 – Aaro Hellaakoski, Finnish poet (born 1893)
- December 6 – Cicely Hamilton, English dramatist and suffragist (born 1872)
- 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
- Andre Gide, The Immoralist (1902); commentary by Anais Aigner (1998). Retrieved 2012-12-02.
- "New Ambassadors Theatre". arthurlloyd.co.uk. Archived from the original on 9 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-04.
- 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.