1907 in literature
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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1907.
- Early – 7-year-old Elizabeth Bowen moves with her mother from Ireland to the south of England.
- January 3 – National Theatre opens in Sofia, Bulgaria.
- January 26 – Large sections of the audience boo the opening performance of J. M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Disturbances continue for a week.
- February 4 – In a public debate at the Abbey Theatre, the poet W. B. Yeats denies trying to suppress audience distaste during a performance of The Playboy of the Western World.
- February 22 – Leonid Andreyev's symbolist drama The Life of Man («Жизнь человека», Zhizn cheloveka) is premièred at the Komissarzhevskaya Theatre in Saint Petersburg, directed by Vsevolod Meyerkhold; on December 12 it is performed for the first time at the Moscow Art Theatre, directed by Konstantin Stanislavski and Leopold Sulerzhitsky.
- March – The Diamond Sūtra, a woodblock printed Buddhist scripture dated 868, is discovered by Aurel Stein at the Mogao Caves, near Dunhuang in China; it is "the earliest complete survival of a dated printed book".
- March–April – Virginia Woolf and others of the Stephen family move within London's Bloomsbury to 29 Fitzroy Square (a former home of George Bernard Shaw).
- April 17 – August Strindberg's A Dream Play ("Ett drömspel", 1901) receives its first performance, at the Swedish Theatre (Stockholm) with his ex-wife Harriet Bosse in the leading rôle.
- April 23 – Jack and Charmian London sail out of San Francisco Bay on a yacht to begin the voyage described in The Cruise of the Snark (1911).
- May–September – Kenneth Grahame writes the letters to his son that are the basis for The Wind in the Willows (1908).
- May – British publishers Thomas Nelson and William Collins, Sons (as "Books for the million") launch cheap hardback in-copyright imprints.
- May 15 – American humorist Gelett Burgess coins the term blurb for promotional text on a book-jacket.
- June 26 – Mark Twain receives an honorary doctorate of laws degree from the University of Oxford in England.
- September 7 – Gaston Leroux's pioneering locked room mystery The Mystery of the Yellow Room (Le mystère de la chambre jaune) begins serialization in L'Illustration (Paris).
- Autumn – James Joyce tutors Ettore Schmitz in English at Trieste. Schmitz later becomes well-known under the name Italo Svevo.
- Deluxe edition of Margarete Böhme's Tagebuch einer Verlorenen published in Berlin, marking 100,000 copies in print.
- Thomas Mofolo's Moeti oa bochabela ("The Traveler of the East"), the first work of literature in the Sotho language, is published.
- Hélène van Zuylen leaves her partner Renée Vivien for another woman. Vivien's volume of love poetry Flambeaux éteints ("Extinguished Torches") is published this year.
- Éditions Grasset established in Paris.
- Sholom Aleichem – From Home to America (פֿון דער היים קיין אַמעריקע, Fun der heym keyn amerike), first part of Motl, Peysi the Cantor's Son: The Writings of an Orphan Boy (מאָטל פּייסי דעם חזנס; כתבֿים פֿון אַ ייִנגל אַ יתום, Motl peysi dem khazns: ksovim fun a yingl a yosem)
- Guillaume Apollinaire – Les Onze Mille Verges
- Arnold Bennett -The City of Pleasure
- André Billy – Benoni
- Mary Elizabeth Braddon – Dead Love Has Chains
- Joseph Conrad – The Secret Agent
- Jeffery Farnol – My Lady Caprice
- E. M. Forster – The Longest Journey
- Elinor Glyn – Three Weeks
- William Dean Howells – Through the Eye of the Needle
- Gaston Leroux – The Mystery of the Yellow Room
- Liu E (劉鶚) – The Travels of Lao Can (老殘遊記, Lao Ts'an yu-chi)
- Arthur Machen – The Hill of Dreams
- Octave Mirbeau – La 628-E8
- Baroness Orczy
- Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski – V ludskoi pyli (In Human Dust)
- Upton Sinclair – The Overman
- Edith Wharton – Madame de Treymes
- Owen Wister – The Seven Ages of Washington
- P. G. Wodehouse – Not George Washington
- Harold Bell Wright – The Shepherd of the Hills
Children and young people
- L. Frank Baum
- E. Nesbit – The Enchanted Castle
- Beatrix Potter – The Tale of Tom Kitten
- Leonid Andreyev – The Life of Man
- Jacinto Benavente – Los intereses creados ("The Bonds of Interest")
- Georges Feydeau – A Flea in Her Ear (La Puce à l'oreille)
- Agha Hashar Kashmiri – Safed Khoon (adaptation of King Lear)
- Thomas Mann – Fiorenza
- John Masefield – The Campden Wonder
- George Ranetti – Romeo și Julietta la Mizil
- John Millington Synge – The Playboy of the Western World
- Teffi – The Woman Question (published)
- Hall Caine – The Christian (a new version)
Main article: 1907 in poetry
- Edmund Gosse – Father and Son
- John Millington Synge – The Aran Islands
- George Witton – Scapegoats of the Empire
- February 1 – Günter Eich, German lyricist (died 1972)
- February 3 (probable date) – James A. Michener, American novelist (died 1997)
- February 21 – W. H. Auden, English poet (died 1973)
- March 13 – Mircea Eliade, Romanian writer (died 1986)
- May 12 – Leslie Charteris, Singapore-born Chinese-British genre novelist (died 1993)
- May 13 – Daphne du Maurier, English writer (died 1989)
- May 27 – Rachel Carson, American environmentalist and author (died 1964)
- June 14 – René Char, French poet (died 1988)
- July 7 – Robert A. Heinlein, American author (died 1988)
- August 12 – Miguel Torga, Portuguese author (died 1995)
- August 17 – Roger Peyrefitte, French author (died 2000)
- August 28 – Rupert Hart-Davis, English editor and publisher (died 1999)
- September 23 – Pauline Réage, French erotic novelist (died 1998)
- October 15 – Varian Fry, American journalist (died 1967)
- October 18 – Mihail Sebastian, Romanian Jewish playwright, essayist, and novelist (died 1945)
- November 14 – Astrid Lindgren, Swedish author of children's books (died 2002)
- November 27 – L. Sprague de Camp, American science fiction and fantasy author (died 2000)
- November 28
- December 10 – Rumer Godden, English novelist (died 1998)
- December 18 – Christopher Fry, English dramatist (died 2005)
- Unknown date – E. J. Scovell, English poet (died 1999)
- January 20 – Agnes Mary Clerke, English author on astronomy (born 1842)
- March 9 – Frederic George Stephens, English critic and member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (born 1828)
- March 19 – Thomas Bailey Aldrich, American poet and novelist (born 1836)
- April 23 – André Theuriet, French poet and novelist (born 1833)
- May 12 – Joris-Karl Huysmans, French author (born 1848)
- July 17 – Hector Malot, French author (born 1830)
- July 19 – William Gunion Rutherford, Scottish classicist (born 1853)
- August 10 – Marko Vovchok, Ukrainian novelist and short story writer (born 1833)
- August 25 – Mary Elizabeth Coleridge, English novelist and poet (appendicitis complications, born 1861)
- September 6 – Sully Prudhomme, French poet and essayist; 1st Nobel Prize winner (born 1839)
- September 7 – Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu, Romanian philologist (born 1836)
- September 8 – Iosif Vulcan, Romanian poet, playwright and novelist (born 1841)
- October 6 – David Masson, Scottish critic and biographer (born 1822)
- November 1 – Alfred Jarry, French dramatist (tuberculosis, born 1873)
- November 28 – Stanisław Wyspiański, Polish dramatist, poet and painter (born 1869)
- Unknown date – Mary de Morgan, English children's writer and suffragist (born 1850)
- Ellis, Samantha (16 April 2003). "The Playboy of the Western World, Dublin, 1907". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2008-05-16.
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- "Sacred Texts: Diamond Sutra". British Library. 2003-11-30. Retrieved 2012-06-02.
- "It's a "Blurb" Now to Puff New Book: Gelett Burgess Coins Odd Term for the Booksellers' Annual Dinner". The New York Times. 1907-05-16. p. 7.
- Crystal, David, ed. (1995). The Cambridge Encyclopedia of The English Language. Cambridge University Press. p. 132. ISBN 0521401798.
- Davis, Melanie. "The Renée Vivien Translation Project". Valkyria. Retrieved 2015-12-04.
- Encyclopedia of Ukraine.