1924 in literature
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This article presents a list of the historical events and publications of literature during 1924.
- Writer Miguel de Unamuno is for the first time dismissed from his university posts by the Spanish dictator General Miguel Primo de Rivera and goes into exile on Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.
- Richard L. Simon and M. Lincoln ("Max") Schuster establish the New York City publisher Simon & Schuster, initially specialising in crossword puzzle books.
- January 15 - The world's first radio play, Danger by Richard Hughes, is broadcast by the British Broadcasting Company from its studios in London.
- February 2 - A substantially rewritten version of Roi Cooper Megrue and Walter C. Hackett's 1914 farce It Pays to Advertise in a new production by actor-manager Tom Walls opens at the Aldwych Theatre in London. It runs until 10 July 1925, a total of 598 performances, and is the first of a sequence of twelve "Aldwych farces".
- March 3 - Sean O'Casey's drama Juno and the Paycock opens at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
- April - Ford Madox Ford publishes the first book of a four-volume work set around World War I titled Parade's End, which is concluded in 1928.
- April 12 - Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore arrives in China, where his views prove controversial; while here, he becomes associated with Xu Zhimo and Lin Huiyin.
- May 3 - F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald leave New York for France.
- September - The first translation of Thomas Mann's work into English is published, Buddenbrooks (1901), translated by the American Helen T. Lowe-Porter.
- Hebrew language poet Hayim Nahman Bialik relocates with his publishing house Dvir from Berlin to Tel Aviv.
- Likely date - Ret Marut (perhaps previously Otto Feige and presumptively later the writer 'B. Traven') leaves Europe for Mexico.
New prose fiction
- Michael Arlen - The Green Hat
- Johan Bojer - Vor egen stamme ("The Emigrants")
- Louis Bromfield - The Green Bay Tree
- John Buchan - The Three Hostages
- Edgar Rice Burroughs
- Agatha Christie
- Alfred Döblin - Berge Meere und Giganten ("Mountains, Seas and Giants")
- Johan Fabricius - De Scheepsjongens van Bontekoe ("The Cabin Boys of Bontekoe")
- Edna Ferber - So Big
- Ford Madox Ford - Some Do Not . . .
- Jean Forge - Saltego trans Jarmiloj
- E. M. Forster - A Passage to India
- Harry Stephen Keeler - The Voice of the Seven Sparrows
- Margaret Kennedy - The Constant Nymph
- Magdalen King-Hall (as Cleone Knox) - Diary of a Young Lady of Fashion 1764-5
- Benito Lynch - The Englishman of the Bones
- Thomas Mann - The Magic Mountain (Der Zauberberg)
- Lucia Mantu - Cucoana Olimpia
- John Masefield - Sard Harker
- F. M. Mayor - The Rector's Daughter
- Herman Melville (d. 1891) - Billy Budd, Sailor
- Dmitry Merezhkovsky - Akhnaton, King of Egypt
- George Moore - Peronnik the Fool
- Paul Morand - Lewis and Irene
- R. H. Mottram - The Spanish Farm
- Baroness Orczy
- Eden Phillpotts - The Treasures of Typhon
- Joseph Roth
- Arthur Schnitzler - Fräulein Else
- Edgar Wallace - The Dark Eyes of London
- Hugh Walpole - The Old Ladies
- Edith Wharton - The Old Maid
- Walter F. White - The Fire In The Flint
- P. C. Wren - Beau Geste
- Yevgeny Zamyatin - We (first published, in English translation)
- Þórbergur Þórðarson - Bréf til Lára
- Maxwell Anderson and Laurence Stallings - What Price Glory?
- Louis Aragon - Backs to the Wall
- Bertolt Brecht - The Life of Edward II of England (Leben Eduards des Zweiten von England, adapted from Marlowe)
- Mikhail Bulgakov - The Fatal Eggs (Роковые яйца)
- Noël Coward - The Vortex (first performed), Hay Fever (written), Easy Virtue (written)
- Ramón del Valle-Inclán - Bohemian Lights (Luces de Bohemia)
- Nikolai Erdman - The Mandate (Мандат)
- Agha Hashar Kashmiri - Aankh ka Nasha
- George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly - Beggar on Horseback
- Sean O'Casey - Juno and the Paycock
- Eugene O'Neill - Desire Under the Elms
- Henrik Rytter - Herman Ravn
- Sergei Tretyakov - The Gas Masks (Противогазы)
- Tristan Tzara - Handkerchief of Clouds (Mouchoir de Nuages)
- Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz - The Mother (Matka)
Main article: 1924 in poetry
- Edwin James Brady - The Land of the Sun
- Muhammad Iqbal - Bang-i-Dara
- A. A. Milne - When We Were Very Young
- Pablo Neruda - Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada)
- Saint-John Perse - Anabase
- Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo - La coupe de cendres
- Sarah Bernhardt - The Art of the Theatre
- Emma Goldman - My Further Disillusionment in Russia
- Agnes Mure Mackenzie - The Women in Shakespeare's Plays
- Mark Twain - The Autobiography of Mark Twain
- Hugh Walpole - The English Novel: Some Notes on its Evolution
- H. G. Wells - The Story of a Great Schoolmaster
- January 30 – Lloyd Alexander, American writer (died 2007)
- February 3 – Andrzej Szczypiorski, Polish writer (died 2000)
- February 17 – Margaret Truman, novelist (died 2008)
- April 3 – Josephine Pullein-Thompson English children's novelist (died 2014)
- April 8 – Humberto Costantini, Argentinian writer (died 1987)
- April 26 – Solomon Mutswairo, Zimbabwean novelist and poet
- May 1 – Terry Southern, American writer (died 1995)
- May 8 – Petru Dumitriu, Romanian novelist (died 2002)
- July 15 – Finn Bjørnseth, Norwegian novelist (died 1973)
- July 30 – José Antonio Villarreal, Chicano novelist (died 2010)
- August 3 – Leon Uris, American author (died 2003)
- August 6 – James Baldwin, American writer (died 1987)
- August 15 – Robert Bolt, English screenwriter and playwright (died 1995)
- August 17 – Evan S. Connell, American author
- August 22 – Ada Jafri, Indian poet writing in Urdu
- September 4 – Joan Aiken, English novelist (died 2004)
- September 30 – Truman Capote, American fiction writer (died 1984)
- October 5 – José Donoso, Chilean writer (died 1996)
- October 29 – Zbigniew Herbert, Polish writer (died 1998
- Unknown date – Mengistu Lemma, Ethiopian playwright (died 1988)
- April 21 – Marie Corelli, English author (born 1855)
- May 4 – E. Nesbit, English children's author (born 1858)
- June 3 – Franz Kafka, German-language author (born 1883)
- June 30 – Jacob Israël de Haan, Dutch-Jewish novelist, poet and journalist (assassinated, born 1881
- August 3 – Joseph Conrad, Polish-born English novelist (born 1857)
- October 9 – Valery Bryusov, Russian Symbolist poet, dramatist and translator (born 1873)
- October 13 – Anatole France, French poet, novelist and journalist (born 1844)
- October 25 – Laura Jean Libbey, American novelist (born 1862)
- November 21 – Paul Milliet, French dramatist and librettist (born 1848)
- November 22 – Herman Heijermans, Dutch dramatist (born 1864)
- December 6 – Gene Stratton Porter, American novelist and naturalist (born 1863)
- December 26 – Arnold Henry Savage Landor, English writer and artist (born 1865)
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: E. M. Forster, A Passage to India
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Rev. William Wilson, The House of Airlie
- Newbery Medal for children's literature: Charles Hawes, The Dark Frigate
- Nobel Prize for Literature: Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont
- Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Hatcher Hughes, Hell-Bent Fer Heaven
- Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Robert Frost, New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes
- Pulitzer Prize for the Novel: Margaret Wilson, The Able McLaughlins
The following works are set in 1924
- Allen, Frederick Lewis (1931). Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s. p. 165. ISBN 0-06-095665-8.
- "Mining the seams of radio history". The Stage.
- "New Play at the Aldwych". The Times (London). 2 February 1924. p. 8.
- "Mr. Ralph Lynn". The Times. 10 August 1962. p. 11.
- "The Theatres". The Times. 25 June 1925. p. 12.
- "Juno and the Paycock". PlayographyIreland. Dublin: Irish Theatre Institute. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
- Das, Sisir Kumar. "The Controversial Guest: Tagore in China". Retrieved 2014-08-21.
- Tarn, Nathaniel, ed. (1975). Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems. Penguin. p. 14.
- Stapert-Eggen, Marijke T. C. "The Rosenthaliana's Jacob Israel de Haan Archive". University of Amsterdam Library. Retrieved 2013-11-22.