2014 in literature
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- January – Parts of two previously unknown poems by Greek poet Sappho are discovered on ancient papyrus. This news is being reported by multiple news sources by the end of the month.
- March 6 – Joseph Boyden's novel The Orenda wins the 2014 edition of Canada Reads.
- April 24 – Writers including Mark Haddon and Mary Beard join a campaign against a ruling that stops U.K. prison inmates being sent books.
- May 22 – A translation of Beowulf by J. R. R. Tolkien made in 1926 is first published (his essay On Translating Beowulf had been published in 1940).
- November 25 – Discovery of a previously unknown copy of the First Folio of Shakespeare's plays (1623) in the public library at Saint-Omer in northern France is announced.
- 28 January – On this day 75 years ago, W. B. Yeats died in Menton, France.
- 5 February – William Burroughs was born in 1914 (100th Anniversary)
- 21 February – Christopher Marlowe's 450th birthday celebrated (may or may not be his birthday)
- 1 March – On this date 100 years ago, Ralph Ellison (author of Invisible Man) was born.
- 9 March – Charles Bukowski died 20 years ago today (1994).
- 10 March – On this day 50 years ago, John Updike receives the National Book Award for The Centaur.
- 31 March – 100th anniversary of the birth of the Nobel Prize-winning Mexican poet Octavio Paz in 1914.
- 12 April – The novel Sophie's Choice by William Styron published 35 years ago today.
- 4 April – Marguerite Duras was born in 1914 (100th Anniversary)
- 14 April – On this day 75 years ago, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck was published.
- 16 April – Ralph Ellison dies on this date 20 years ago in 1994. (see March 1 above for Ellison links)
- 18 April - On this day 40 years ago (1974) the first printing of J. M. Coetzee's debut novel Dusklands appeared in hardback.
- 23 April – It is assumed that William Shakespeare was born on this day 450 years ago (because records show that he was baptised on 26 April).
- 26 April – The centenary of Bernard Malamud’s birth (April 26, 1914).
- May – The 100th anniversary of Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons.
- 16 June – This year's Bloomsday celebration will also mark the 100th anniversary of the publication (June 1914) of Joyce's Dubliners.
- 21 September – the 50th anniversary of the publication of Herzog by Saul Bellow, the second of his three National Book Award-winning novels.
- 7 July – Sir Walter Scott's debut novel, Waverley, was published (anonymously) 200 years ago today.
- 22 September – Alain-Fournier died in action in northern France 100 years ago today, just a year after the publication of his only novel, Le Grand Meaulnes.
- 27 October – On this date 100 years ago, Dylan Thomas was born.
- 18 November – Margaret Atwood celebrates her 75th birthday today.
- 2 December –The Marquis de Sade died 200 years ago today.
- Akutagawa Prize: Hiroko Oyamada for Ana (Hole) and Tomoka Shibasaki for Haru No Niwa (Spring Garden)
- Anisfield-Wolf Book Award: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
- Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction: A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride
- Camões Prize: Alberto da Costa e Silva
- Costa Book of the Year: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
- Danuta Gleed Literary Award: Paul Carlucci, The Secret Life of Fission
- Dayne Ogilvie Prize: Tamai Kobayashi
- Desmond Elliott Prize: A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride
- DSC Prize for South Asian Literature: Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer by Cyrus Mistry
- Dylan Thomas Prize: To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
- Folio Prize: Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders
- German Book Prize:
- Goldsmiths Prize: How to Be Both by Ali Smith
- Gordon Burn Prize: The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth
- Governor General's Award for English-language fiction: Thomas King, The Back of the Turtle
- Governor General's Award for French-language fiction: Andrée A. Michaud, Bondrée
- Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française: Adrien Bosc, for Constellation
- International Prize for Arabic Fiction: Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi
- International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award: Juan Gabriel Vásquez, The Sound of Things Falling
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction:
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography:
- Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award: A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride
- Lambda Literary Awards: Multiple categories; see 26th Lambda Literary Awards.
- Man Booker Prize: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
- Miles Franklin Award: All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld
- National Biography Award: The Ambitions of Jane Franklin: Victorian Lady Adventurer by Alison Alexander
- National Book Award for Fiction: to Redeployment by Phil Klay
- National Book Critics Circle Award:
- Nobel Prize in Literature: to Patrick Modiano
- PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
- Premio Planeta de Novela:
- Premio Strega:
- Prix Goncourt:
- Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: 3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri
- Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize: Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows
- Russian Booker Prize:
- Samuel Johnson Prize: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
- Scotiabank Giller Prize: Sean Michaels, Us Conductors
- Golden Wreath of Struga Poetry Evenings: Ko Un
- Walter Scott Prize: An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
dates after each title indicate U.S. publication, unless otherwise indicated:
- Margaret Atwood: Stone Mattress: Nine Tales (September 16)
- Ceridwen Dovey: Only the Animals (April 23)
- Haruki Murakami: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (translation) (August 12)
- Stephen King: Mr. Mercedes (June 3), Revival (November 11)
- Thomas King: The Back of the Turtle
- Sean Michaels: Us Conductors (Canada, April 8)
- Ali Smith: How to Be Both (UK August 28)
- Miriam Toews: All My Puny Sorrows
Young adult fiction
- Winifred Phillips, A Composer's Guide to Game Music
- Philip Lymbery and Isabel Oakeshott, Farmageddon
- Helen Macdonald, H is for Hawk (UK July)
See: 2014 in poetry
Birth years link to the corresponding "[year] in literature" article:
January – June
- January 14 – Juan Gelman, 83 (born 1930), Argentine poet who published more than twenty books of poetry between 1956 and his death. He received the Cervantes Prize in 2007, the most important in Spanish literature.
- January 28 – Nigel Jenkins, 64 (born 1949) Welsh poet, journalist, and geographer
- January 29 – Hashem Shabani, 32, Iranian poet (hanged).
- February 18 – Mavis Gallant, 91 (born 1923), Canadian writer best known for her short stories, who resided most of her life in Paris. Gallant received numerous honors in her lifetime, including Companion of the Order of Canada (1993).
- March 2 – Justin Kaplan, 88 (1925), American writer and editor. He was best known as a biographer, particularly of Samuel Clemens, Lincoln Steffens, and Walt Whitman.
- April 5 – Peter Matthiessen, 86 (born 1927), American novelist, naturalist and wilderness writer. A co-founder of the literary magazine The Paris Review and a three-time National Book Award-winner. He was also a prominent environmental activist. His nonfiction featured nature and travel – notably The Snow Leopard (1978) – or American Indian issues and history – notably a detailed and controversial study of the Leonard Peltier case, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse (1983). In 2008, at age 81, Matthiessen received the National Book Award for Fiction for Shadow Country, a one-volume, 890-page revision of his three novels set in frontier Florida that had been published in the 1990s.
- April 10
- April 17 – Gabriel García Márquez, 87 (born 1927), Colombian Nobel laureate and creator of One Hundred Years of Solitude—considered one of the most influential novels of the 20th century.
- April 20 – Alistair MacLeod, 77 (born 1936), Canadian writer behind No Great Mischief, which won the Dublin International Literary Prize.
- May 6 – Farley Mowat, 92 (born 1921), Canadian author and environmentalist who achieved fame with his books on the Canadian north, such as People of the Deer (1952) and Never Cry Wolf (1963). The latter, an account of his experiences with wolves in the Arctic, was made into a film of the same name released in 1983.
- May 28
- June 19 – Josephine Pullein-Thompson, 90 (born 1924), English children's novelist.
- June 22 – Felix Dennis, 67 (born 1947), English publisher and poet.
- June 25 – Ana María Matute, 88 (born 1925), Spanish writer awarded the Miguel de Cervantes Prize.
- June 29 – Dermot Healy, 66 (born 1947), Irish poet, playwright, short story writer, memoirist and novelist.
July – December
- July 13 – Nadine Gordimer, 90, South African writer (The Conservationist, Burger's Daughter, July's People) and anti-apartheid activist, Nobel Prize laureate in Literature (1991).
- July 20 - Thomas Berger, 89, American writer of 23 novels including Little Big Man and Neighbors.
- August 1 – Jan Roar Leikvoll, 40, Norwegian novelist (brain tumour)
- August 2
- September 4
- September 21 – Linda Griffiths, 60, Canadian playwright
- September 24 – Hugh C. Rae (Jessica Stirling, etc.), Scottish novelist (born 1935)
- November 27 – P. D. James, 94 (born 1920), English crime writer
- November 29 - Mark Strand, 80 (born 1934), Canadian-born American poet and writer, United States Poet Laureate (1990–1991)
- November 30 -
- December 3 - Vicente Leñero, 81 (born 1933), Mexican writer and journalist
- December 12 - Norman Bridwell, 86, American author and illustrator, created Clifford the Big Red Dog
- 01.28.14. "Scholars Discover New Poems from Ancient Greek Poetess Sappho". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
- Quinn, Annalisa (2014-01-30). "Book News: Two Poems By Greek Poet Sappho Discovered : The Two-Way". NPR. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
- "New poems by Sappho". TLS. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
- "new sappho | A discussion on the new Sappho papyrus". Newsappho.wordpress.com. 2014-01-29. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
- "Joseph Boyden's novel The Orenda wins CBC's Canada Reads contest". Edmonton Journal. 2014-03-06.
- Williams, Aime (2014-04-24). "Authors campaign against ban on sending books to prisoners". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2014-12-05.
- Garth, John (2014-03-22). "JRR Tolkien's translation of Beowulf: bring on the monsters". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- Mulholland, Rory (2014-11-25). "Shakespeare First Folio discovered in French library". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-12-09.
- "2014 in books: turn over a new leaf". The Guardian. January 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-27.
- Link (2014-03-22). "Silliman's Blog". Ronsilliman.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- "Charles Bukowski Called it Splitsville 20 Years ago". Pierrejoris.com. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- Begley, Adam (2014). Updike. HarperCollins (2014). p. 265. ISBN 0061896454.
Updike and Cheever had met fleetingly at literary events, such as the National Book Award on March 10, 1964, at the Grand Ballroom of the New York Hilton, where Updike accepted the prize for The Centaur
- "Octavio Paz, b. 100 Years ago today…". Pierrejoris.com. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- Joel Whitney. "Poetry and Action: Octavio Paz at 100". Dissent Magazine. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- Kannermeyer, J. C. (2012). J. M. Coetzee: A Life in Writing. Michiel Heyns, translator. Scribe Publications. p. 247. ISBN 9781922070081.
On 18 April 1974 the first printing of Dusklands appeared in hardback, with a press release by Randall praising the novel as ‘as one of the most important works of literature to have been written in South Africa’. The retail price was R4.80.
- "Bernard Malamud Centenary | Work in Progress". Fsgworkinprogress.com. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- "Gertrude Stein. 1914. Tender Buttons: Bibliographic Record". bartleby.com.
- "Li: Herzog". libraryofinspiration.com.
- Tim Masters (4 June 2014). "Eimear McBride wins Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction". BBC. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
- "Helen Macdonald wins Costa Book of the Year 2014". BBC News. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
- "Paul Carlucci wins Danuta Gleed Award". Quill & Quire, June 2, 2014.
- "Tamai Kobayashi wins 2014 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers". Quill & Quire, June 24, 2014.
- "The 2014 Prize | The Desmond Elliott Prize". The Desmond Elliott Prize. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
- Aditi Malhotra (18 January 2014). "Indian Wins South Asian Prize for Literature". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
- Wroe, Nicholas (7 November 2014). "Joshua Ferris wins Dylan Thomas prize". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
- "Tenth of December by George Saunders wins inaugural Folio Prize 2014" (PDF). Folio Prize. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
- "Ali Smith wins Goldsmiths Prize for How to be Both". BBC News. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
- "Mark Rylance-backed novel wins £5,000 literary prize". BBC News. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
- "Thomas King wins Governor General’s award for fiction". The Globe and Mail, November 18, 2014.
- "‘Baghdad Writes!". Pierrejoris.com. Retrieved 2014-06-17.
- Doyle, Martin (28 May 2014). "Eimear McBride wins €15,000 Kerry Group Irish novel of the year award". Irish Times. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
- Masters, Tim (14 October 2014). "Man Booker Prize: Richard Flanagan wins for wartime love story". BBC News. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
- Adrian Raschella (27 June 2014). "Miles Franklin Literary Award: Author Evie Wyld wins for her book All The Birds Singing". ABC News. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
- Begley, Patrick (4 August 2014). "Alison Alexander wins National Biography Award for The Ambitions of Jane Franklin". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
- Kelly, Keith J. (November 20, 2014). "Phil Klay wins National Book Award for 'Redeployment'". New York Post. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
- Ron Charles (9 October 2014). "Patrick Modiano wins Nobel Prize in literature". Washington Post.
- "The Pulitzer Prizes | Citation". Pulitzer.org. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- Citation reads: "for a compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia, in a voice that is by turns witty and grave, compassionate and remorseless."
- "The Pulitzer Prizes | Jurors". Pulitzer.org. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- Medley, Mark (4 November 2014). "Miriam Toews wins Writers’ Trust award for All My Puny Sorrows". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
- Clark, Nick (4 November 2014). "Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction: Helen Macdonald wins with 'H is for Hawk'". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
- "Sean Michaels awarded Giller Prize for his book ‘Us Conductors’". The Globe and Mail, November 10, 2014.
- "Ko Un is the winner of the "Golden Wreath" 2014". Struga Poetry Evenings. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
- "Robert Harris wins Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction". BBC News (BBC). 13 June 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
- Christopher Hawtree. "Mavis Gallant obituary". the Guardian.
- "Justin Kaplan, Biographer of Whitman and Twain, Dies at 88 : Harriet Staff : Harriet the Blog". The Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2014-06-17.
- "National Book Awards – 2008". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-09. (With interview, acceptance speech by Matthiessen, and essay by Harold Augenbraum from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog.)
- "2008 National Book Award Winner, Fiction". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2009-01-16.
- Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher, ""Peter Matthiessen, Lyrical Writer and Naturalist, Is Dead at 86"", "The New York Times", April 5, 2014.
- "Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate writer, dies aged 87".
- "Author Alistair MacLeod dies at 77, remembered as 'great writer and a great man'".
- "Alistair MacLeod, acclaimed Canadian writer, dead at 77 - Nova Scotia - CBC News". Cbc.ca. 2014-04-20. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
- Parini, Jay (8 May 2014). "Farley Mowat obituary". www.theguardian,com. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- Link (2014-05-29). "Silliman's Blog". Ronsilliman.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2014-06-17.
- "Felix Dennis". The Independent (London). 2014-06-24. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
- Sergi Doria (June 25, 2014). "Muere la escritora Ana María Matute". ABC.
- "Death of writer Dermot Healy". RTÉ News. 2014-06-30. Retrieved 2014-06-30.
- "SA novelist Nadine Gordimer dies". Channel.
- "Linda Griffiths, actor and playwright, dead after battle with cancer". CBC News, 21 September 2014.
- Retrieved 28 November 2014.
- Pulitzer-winning poet laureate Mark Strand dies at 80 years old
- "Egyptian writer Radwa Ashour dies at 68". ahram.org.eg.
- "Publisher says novelist Kent Haruf dies at age 71 - StarTribune.com". Star Tribune.
- "El Universal - In English - Mexican writer Vicente Leñero dies at 81". El Universal. 3 December 2014.
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