1921 in literature
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This article presents a list of the historical events and publications of literature during 1921.
- January 1 - The Jonathan Cape publishing business is established in Bloomsbury (London) by Herbert Jonathan Cape and Wren Howard.
- February - Margaret Caroline Anderson and Jane Heap, publishers of The Little Review, are convicted of obscenity in a New York court for publishing the "Nausicaa" episode of James Joyce's Ulysses.
- March - Jorge Luis Borges returns to his native Buenos Aires in Argentina after a period living with his family in Europe.
- April 20 - Ferenc Molnár's play Liliom is first produced on Broadway in English.
- May 9 - The première of Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author (Sei personaggi in cerca d'autore) at the Teatro Valle in Rome divides the audience.
- June 10 - D. H. Lawrence's novel Women in Love is first published in a trade edition, by Martin Secker in London.
- September 5 - The Cervantes Theatre (Buenos Aires) opens with a production of Lope de Vega's La dama boba ("The foolish lady", 1613).
- September 26 - Opening of the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich, England, an old chapel reconstructed as a recreation of an English Renaissance theatre building for the production of period drama by an amateur repertory company under the direction of Walter Nugent Monck. The opening production is As You Like It.
- December 9 - John William Gott becomes the last person in England to be imprisoned for blasphemous libel.
- December 31 - Mexican poet Manuel Maples Arce distributes the first Stridentist manifesto, Comprimido estridentista, in the broadsheet Actual n°1 (Mexico City).
- Dorita Fairlie Bruce – The Senior Prefect
- Edgar Rice Burroughs – Tarzan the Terrible
- James Branch Cabell – Figures of Earth
- Hall Caine – The Master of Man
- Karel Čapek – Trapné povídky ("Embarassing stories", translated as Money and other stories)
- Willa Cather – Alexander's Bridge
- Arthur Chapman – Mystery Ranch
- Marie Corelli – The Secret Power
- Miloš Crnjanski – The Journal of Čarnojević (Дневник о Чарнојевићу, Dnevnik o Čarnojeviću)
- Walter de la Mare – Memoirs of a Midget
- Eleanor Farjeon – Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard
- Fran Saleški Finžgar - Pod svobodnim soncem
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Mikkjel Fønhus – Troll-Elgen
- John Galsworthy – To Let (last in The Forsyte Saga)
- H. Rider Haggard – She and Allan
- Georgette Heyer – The Black Moth
- A. S. M. Hutchinson – If Winter Comes
- Aldous Huxley – Crome Yellow
- Sheila Kaye-Smith – Joanna Godden
- Denis Mackail – Romance to the Rescue
- René Maran – Batouala
- L. M. Montgomery – Rilla of Ingleside
- George Moore – Heloise and Abelard
- Paul Morand - Tender Shoots
- Baroness Orczy
- Alejandro Pérez Lugín - Currito of the Cross
- Gene Stratton Porter – Her Father's Daughter
- Marcel Proust
- Sukumar Ray - HaJaBaRaLa
- Iñigo Ed. Regalado - May Pagsinta'y Walang Puso
- Rafael Sabatini – Scaramouche
- Naoya Shiga – A Dark Night's Passing (暗夜行路, An'ya Kōro; serialized 1921–37)
- Booth Tarkington – Alice Adams
- Sigrid Undset – Husfrue ("The Wife" or "The Mistress of Husaby", second part of Kristin Lavransdatter)
- Eugene Walter – The Byzantine Riddle and other stories
- Elinor Wylie – Nets to Catch the Wind
- Francis Brett Young – The Black Diamond
- Yevgeny Zamyatin – We (Мы; completed)
- Hjalmar Bergman – Thy Rod and Thy Staff
- Karel Čapek – R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) (performed)
- Karel and Josef Čapek – Pictures from the Insects' Life (published)
- Susan Glaspell – Inheritors (written) and The Verge (performed)
- Roland Pertwee – Out to Win
- Luigi Pirandello – Six Characters in Search of an Author
- Tristan Tzara – The Gas Heart
- Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz – The Water Hen
Main article: 1921 in poetry
- Langston Hughes – "The Negro Speaks of Rivers", in The Crisis
- Charlotte Mew – Saturday Market
- William Carlos Williams – Sour Grapes
- William Butler Yeats – Michael Robartes and the Dancer
- Adolphe Appia – L’oeuvre d’art vivant ("The living work of art")
- Sarah Bernhardt – The Idol of Paris
- Joseph Chaikov – Skulptur (first Yiddish-language work on the subject)
- D. H. Lawrence
- Edward Sapir – Language: an introduction to the study of speech
- Hendrik Willem van Loon – The Story of Mankind
- Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk – Further Essays on Capital and Interest
- Ludwig Wittgenstein – Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
- January 5 – Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Swiss writer (died 1990)
- January 19 – Patricia Highsmith, American crime writer (died 1995)
- February 4 – Betty Friedan, American feminist author (died 2006)
- February 15 – Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (died 1985)
- March 1 – Richard Wilbur, American poet and translator
- March 24 – Wilson Harris, Guyanese poet, novelist and essayist
- May 23
- May 29 – Henry Scholberg, American bibliographer (died 2012)
- June 11 – Michael Meyer, English translator and biographer (died 2000)
- August 11 – Alex Haley, American writer (died 1992)
- August 17 – Elinor Lyon, English children's writer (died 2008)
- September 26 – Cyprian Ekwensi, Nigerian writer (died 2007)
- October 17 – George Mackay Brown, Scottish poet (died 1996)
- November 6 – James Jones, American novelist (died 1977)
- November 22 – Brian Cleeve, Irish author (died 2003)
- December 20 – Israil Bercovici, Romanian dramatist and historian (died 1988)
- March 22 – E. W. Hornung, English author (born 1866)
- April 6 – Maximilian Berlitz, German-born American textbook writer and language school proprietor (born 1852)
- May 5 – Alfred Hermann Fried, Austrian publicist (born 1864)
- May 12 – Emilia Pardo Bazán, Spanish novelist (born 1851)
- May 13 – Jean Aicard, French writer (born 1848)
- June 5 – Georges Feydeau, French playwright (born 1862)
- June 26 – Alfred Percy Sinnett, English Theosophist author (born 1840)
- July 4 – Antoni Grabowski, Polish Esperantist (born 1857)
- August 7 – Alexander Blok, Russian poet (born 1880)
- August 25 – Nikolay Gumilev, Russian poet (executed, born 1886)
- October 10 – Otto von Gierke, German historian (born 1841)
- November 8 – Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, Slovak poet, dramatist and translator (born 1849)
- November 14 – Christabel Rose Coleridge English novelist and editor (born 1843)
- Unknown date – John Habberton, American critic (born 1842)
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Walter de la Mare, Memoirs of a Midget
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Lytton Strachey, Queen Victoria
- Nobel Prize for Literature: Anatole France
- Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Zona Gale, Miss Lulu Bett
- Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: no award given
- Pulitzer Prize for the Novel: Edith Wharton – The Age of Innocence
- Ellmann, Richard (1982). James Joyce. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 502–04. ISBN 0-1950-3103-2.
- "Teatro Nacional Cervantes" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2014-01-14.
- "Norwich Players' New Theatre". The Times (42836) (London). 1921-09-27. p. 8.
- Elster, Kristian (1924). Illustreret Norsk litteraturhistorie (in Norwegian) 2. Kristiania: Gyldendal. p. 808.
- Leavis, Q. D. (1965). Fiction and the Reading Public (rev. ed.). London: Chatto & Windus.
- Apter-Gabriel, Ruth (1987). Tradition and revolution: the Jewish renaissance in Russian avant-garde art, 1912-1928. Israel Museum. p. 67.
- Non Series #138- Trif and Trixy// John Habberton autograph March 7, 2012. Accessed 9 January 2012