1957 in literature
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The year 1957 in literature involved some significant literary events and new works.
- January 15 - Release, in Japan, of the film Throne of Blood, Akira Kurosawa's reworking of Macbeth.
- March 13 - A 1950 translation of D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover by Sei Itō is found on appeal in Japan to be obscene.
- March 21 - C. S. Lewis marries Joy Gresham in a Christian ceremony at her bedside in the Churchill Hospital, Oxford, England.
- March 25 - Copies of Allen Ginsberg's Howl are seized by United States customs officials. Later in the year, the publishers are acquitted of obscenity charges stemming from the incident.
- April - John Updike moves to Ipswich, Massachusetts, the model for the fictional New England town of Tarbox in his 1968 novel Couples.
- July 1 - Opening performance at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival's Festival Theatre in Stratford, Ontario, with its influential thrust stage designed by Tanya Moiseiwitsch.
- August 7 - Italo Calvino's letter of resignation from the Italian Communist Party is published in l'Unità.
- November 22 - Boris Pasternak's novel Doctor Zhivago is first published, in Italian translation, having been rejected for publication in the Soviet Union.
- Lawrence Durrell publishes his novel Justine, the first of The Alexandria Quartet. The last volume will be published in 1960.
- Dorothy Parker begins writing book reviews for Esquire.
- E. E. Cummings receives a special citation from the National Book Award Committee in the United States for his Poems, 1923-1954.
- The Last Days of Sodom, a novel jointly written by Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell, is rejected. As a result they give up working in partnership.
- Malcolm Muggeridge is replaced by Bernard Hollowood as editor of Punch magazine.
- Three new neo-grotesque sans-serif typefaces are released: Folio (designed by Konrad Bauer and Walter Baum), Neue Haas Grotesk (designed by Max Miedinger) and Univers (designed by Adrian Frutiger); all will be influential in the International Typographic Style of graphic design.
- Abd al-majld ibn Jallun - Fī al-Ṭufūla
- Caridad Bravo Adams - Corazón salvaje
- Isaac Asimov
- John Braine - Room at the Top
- Fredric Brown - Rogue in Space
- Pearl S. Buck - Letter from Peking
- Michel Butor - La Modification
- John Dickson Carr - Fire, Burn!
- John Cheever - The Wapshot Chronicle
- Agatha Christie - 4.50 from Paddington
- Mark Clifton and Frank Riley - They'd Rather Be Right
- Thomas B. Costain - Below the Salt
- James Gould Cozzens - By Love Possessed
- L. Sprague de Camp - Solomon's Stone
- Daphne du Maurier - The Scapegoat
- Lawrence Durrell - Justine
- Ian Fleming
- Aldous Huxley - Collected Short Stories
- James Jones - Some Came Running
- Anna Kavan - Eagle's Nest
- Jack Kerouac - On the Road
- Frances Parkinson Keyes - Blue Camellia
- Christopher Landon - Ice Cold in Alex
- Halldór Laxness - The Fish Can Sing (Brekkukotsannáll)
- Meyer Levin - Compulsion
- H. P. Lovecraft and August Derleth - The Survivor and Others
- Józef Mackiewicz - Kontra
- Alistair MacLean
- Naguib Mahfouz - Sugar Street
- Bernard Malamud - The Assistant
- Richard Mason - The World of Suzie Wong
- James A. Michener - Rascals in Paradise
- Nancy Mitford - Voltaire in Love
- C. L. Moore - Doomsday Morning
- Elsa Morante - L'isola di Arturo
- Sławomir Mrożek - Słoń ("The Elephant", short stories)
- Iris Murdoch - The Sandcastle
- Vladimir Nabokov - Pnin
- Björn Nyberg and L. Sprague de Camp - The Return of Conan
- Marcel Pagnol - Le Château de ma mère
- Boris Pasternak - Doctor Zhivago
- Anthony Powell - At Lady Molly's
- Otfried Preußler - Die kleine Hexe ("The Little Witch")
- Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged
- Robert Randall (pseudonym of Robert Silverberg and Randall Garrett) - The Shrouded Planet
- Alain Robbe-Grillet - La Jalousie
- Dr. Seuss
- Nevil Shute - On the Beach
- Georges Simenon - The Little Man from Archangel
- Robert Paul Smith - Where Did You Go? Out. What Did You Do? Nothing
- Muriel Spark - The Comforters
- John Steinbeck - The Short Reign of Pippin IV
- Rex Stout
- Kay Thompson - Eloise in Paris
- Roger Vailland - La Loi
- Jack Vance - Big Planet
- Arved Viirlaid - Seitse kohtupäeva ("Seven Days of Trial")
- Evelyn Waugh - The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold
- Patrick White - Voss
- Angus Wilson - A Bit Off the Map
- John Wyndham - The Midwich Cuckoos
- Ivan Yefremov - Andromeda Nebula
- Samuel Beckett - Endgame and Act Without Words I (first performed); All That Fall and From an Abandoned Work (first broadcast of both)
- Christopher Fry - The Dark is Light Enough
- Jean Genet - The Balcony (Le Balcon)
- Günter Grass - Flood (Hochwasser)
- Graham Greene - The Potting Shed
- William Inge - The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
- Errol John - Moon on a Rainbow Shawl
- John Osborne - The Entertainer and Epitaph for George Dillon
- Harold Pinter - The Dumb Waiter (written)
- N. F. Simpson - The Resounding Tinkle
- Wole Soyinka - The Invention
- Tennessee Williams - Baby Doll and Orpheus Descending
- Robert E. Howard - Always Comes Evening
- Ted Hughes - The Hawk in the Rain
- Octavio Paz - Piedra de Sol
- Gerald Brenan - South from Granada: Seven Years in an Andalusian Village
- Elisabeth Elliot - Through Gates of Splendor
- Northrop Frye - Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays
- Richard Hoggart - The Uses of Literacy
- Eric John Holmyard - Alchemy
- Primo Levi - If This Is a Man (Se Questo è un Uomo)
- Art Linkletter - Kids Say the Darndest Things
- Mary McCarthy - Memories of a Catholic Girlhood
- Eliot Ness and Oscar Fraley - The Untouchables
- Jean-Paul Sartre - Existentialism and Human Emotions
- Rodolfo Walsh - Operación Masacre
- Ian Watt - The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson and Fielding
- January 16 – Stella Tillyard, English writer and historian
- February 11 – Mitchell Symons, English writer and journalist
- March 26 – Paul Morley, English music journalist
- May 17 – Peter Høeg, Danish novelist
- May 23 – Craig Brown, English satirist
- June 8 – Scott Adams, American satirist
- July 29 – Liam Davison, Australian novelist (air crash, died 2014)
- August 24 – Stephen Fry, English comedian, television presenter and novelist
- September 22 – Nick Cave, Australian author and musician
- December 3 – Anne B. Ragde, Norwegian novelist
- December 11 – William Joyce, American children's author
- Unknown dates
- January 10 – Gabriela Mistral , Chilean poet (born 1889)
- February 10 – Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author (born 1867)
- March 9 – Rhoda Power, English children's writer and broadcaster (born 1890)
- March 12 – John Middleton Murry, English critic (born 1889)
- March 28 – Christopher Morley, American journalist, novelist and poet (born 1890)
- March 29 – Joyce Cary, Irish novelist (born 1888)
- April 22 – Roy Campbell, South African poet and satirist (born 1901)
- June 17 – Dorothy Richardson, English novelist and journalist (born 1873)
- June 27 – Malcolm Lowry, English novelist and poet (born 1909)
- July 21 – Kenneth Roberts, American historical novelist (born 1885)
- July 23 – Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Italian novelist (born 1896)
- September 2 – William Craigie, Scottish lexicographer (born 1867)
- November 8 – Ernest Elmore (John Bude), English crime writer and theatre director (born 1901)
- November 24 – Alfred Eckhard Zimmern, German-born English historian and political scientist (born 1879)
- December 17 – Dorothy L. Sayers, English crime novelist (born 1893)
- December 24 – Arturo Barea, Spanish journalist, broadcaster and writer (born 1897)
- Carnegie Medal for children's literature: William Mayne, A Grass Rope
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Anthony Powell, At Lady Molly's
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Maurice Cranston, Life of John Locke
- Miles Franklin Award: Patrick White, Voss
- Newbery Medal for children's literature: Virginia Sorenson, Miracles on Maple Hill
- Nobel Prize for Literature: Albert Camus
- Premio Nadal: Carmen Martín Gaite, Entre visillos
- Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Eugene O'Neill, Long Day's Journey into Night
- Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: no award given
- Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Richard Wilbur: Things of This World
- Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry: Siegfried Sassoon
- Edwards, Bruce L. (2007). C.S. Lewis: An examined life. books.google.com. p. 287. Retrieved 2012-05-17.
- King, Lydia Hailman (2007-10-03). "‘Howl’ obscenity prosecution still echoes 50 years later". First Amendment Center.
- De Bellis, Jack. The John Updike Encyclopedia. p. 470.
- "The Stratford Story". Stratford Festival. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
- Guthrie, Tyrone (1959). A Life in the Theatre. McGraw Hill. ISBN 978-0-86287-381-3.
- Hunter, Martin (2001). Romancing the Bard: Stratford at Fifty. Toronto: Dundurn Press. ISBN 978-1-55002-363-3.