1939 in literature
This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in
Events Early – The
Pocket Books mass-market paperback imprint is launched in the United States. The first of the nationally distributed titles is James Hilton's . Lost Horizon January
, founded and edited by Poetry London: a Bi-Monthly of Modern Verse and Criticism Tambimuttu (with Dylan Thomas and others), is first published.
February 6 – Raymond Chandler's hardboiled California private detective Philip Marlowe is introduced in his first full-length work of crime fiction, (reworking elements from earlier short stories), published by The Big Sleep Alfred A. Knopf in the United States.  March –
Isaac Asimov's first published short story, " Marooned off Vesta", appears in magazine. Astounding Science-Fiction
March 4 – BBC Television broadcasts one of the first television plays specially written for the medium, by R. E. J. (Reginald?) Brooke, live from its London studios at Condemned To Be Shot Alexandra Palace. The production is also notable for using a camera as the first-person perspective of the play's unseen central character.
March 31 – Release of the 20th Century Fox film version of , first of a The Hound of the Baskervilles Sherlock Holmes film series starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr Watson.
April 13 – The United Artists film version of , starring Wuthering Heights Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier, is released. May –
Jorge Luis Borges' first short story in his later characteristic style, " Pierre Menard, autor del ", is published in the Quijote Buenos Aires literary magazine . Sur
May 4 – James Joyce's last work, , is published in full by Finnegans Wake Faber and Faber in London.
May 15 – Russian writer Isaac Babel is arrested by the NKVD at his dacha as part of the Great Purge in the Soviet Union, and incarcerated in the Lubyanka Building in Moscow. c. August –
Ernest Vincent Wright publishes his lipogrammatic novel , "a story of over 50,000 words without using the letter 'E'", in Gadsby Los Angeles a few months before his death on October 7. August
Before September – Following a pledge drive led by Renaud de Jouvenel and
Lucien Lévy-Bruhl, Romanian poet Benjamin Fondane is naturalized French. In September, he is conscripted into the French Army, to serve in the Phony War. 
September 2 – Jean-Paul Sartre is conscripted into the French Army, where he will serve as a meteorologist.
September 18 – Polish painter, playwright and novelist Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (born 1885) commits suicide after the Soviet invasion of Poland. September/October – American reprint
science fiction and fantasy pulp magazine begins publication in New York. Famous Fantastic Mysteries Fall –
Frank Herbert lies about his age to get his first job as a local newspaper reporter. November – The teenage
Brendan Behan is arrested in Liverpool for possession of explosives.
November 8 – Lindsay and Crouse's stage adaptation of Clarence Day's opens at the Life with Father Empire Theatre (42nd Street) in New York. Running until 12 July 1947, it becomes the all-time longest-running non-musical play in Broadway theatre.  Late – Captain Marvel makes his first appearance, in #2 (cover date February 1940). Whiz Comics
New books Fiction Children and young people Drama Poetry Non-fiction Births
January 29 – Germaine Greer, Australian-born feminist author
February 25 – Gerald Murnane, Australian novelist
March 25 – Toni Cade Bambara, African-American writer (died 1995)
April 10 – Penny Vincenzi, née Hannaford, English novelist (died 2018)
April 12 – Alan Ayckbourn, English dramatist
April 13 – Seamus Heaney, Irish poet (died 2013)
May 4 – Amos Oz, né Klausner, Israeli author (died 2018)
June 5 – Margaret Drabble, English novelist
June 14 – Penelope Farmer, English children's writer
July 2 – Ferdinand Mount, English journalist and novelist
August 1 – Robert James Waller, American novelist (died 2017)
September 9 – Ed Victor, American-born literary agent (died 2017)
October 6 – Melvyn Bragg, English novelist, critic and broadcast presenter
October 8 – Harvey Pekar, American memoirist and graphic-novel scriptwriter (died 2010)
October 9 – John Pilger, Australian-born journalist and documentary filmmaker
October 10 – Clive James, Australian writer, humorist and television personality
November 17 – Auberon Waugh, English journalist and novelist (died 2001)
November 18 – Margaret Atwood, Canadian novelist and poet
November 25 – Shelagh Delaney, English dramatist (died 2011)
December 3 – Lee Israel, American biographer and literary forger (died 2014) December 18 – Michael Moorcock, English science fiction writer Deaths
January 8 – Caton Theodorian, Romanian dramatist and novelist (born 1871)
January 28 – W. B. Yeats, Irish poet (born 1865)
February 18 – Okamoto Kanoko (岡本 かの子, Ohnuki Kano), Japanese poet (born tanka 1899)
February 22 – Antonio Machado, Spanish poet (born 1875)
March 7 – Ludwig Fulda, German poet and playwright (born 1862)
March 23 – Richard Halliburton, American travel writer (born 1900)
April 11 – S. S. Van Dine (Willard Huntington Wright), American crime novelist and art critic (born 1888)
May 23 – Margarete Böhme, German novelist (born 1867)
May 27 – Joseph Roth, Austrian novelist (born 1894)
June 13 – Volter Kilpi, Finnish novelist (born 1874)
June 14 – Vladislav Khodasevich, Russian poet and critic (born 1886)
June 26 – Ford Madox Ford (Ford Hermann Hueffer), English novelist (born 1873)
July 8 – Havelock Ellis, American sexual psychologist and writer (born 1859)
August 7 – Leonard Merrick, English novelist (born 1864)
August 20 – Agnes Giberne, English children's writer (born 1845)
August 23 – Robin Hyde (Iris Guiver Wilkinson), South African-born New Zealand poet and novelist (born 1906)
September 6 – Arthur Rackham, English book illustrator (born 1867)
September 19 – Ethel M. Dell, English romantic novelist (born 1881)
October 23 – Zane Grey, American western novelist (born 1872)
December 2 – Llewelyn Powys, English novelist and autobiographer (born 1884) Unknown dates
Awards In fiction Works of literature set around the outbreak of World War II include
"History". The Kenyon Review. Archived from the original on 2008-12-30 . Retrieved . 2007-01-26
Howarth, Herbert (Spring 1959). "T. S. Eliot's Criterion: The Editor and His Contributors". Comparative Literature. 11 (2): 97–110. doi: 10.2307/1768640. JSTOR 1768640.
King, Steve. "Chandler, Marlowe, The Big Sleep". Today in Literature . Retrieved . 2015-10-21
Montefiore, Simon Sebag (2007). Young Stalin. London: Phoenix. p. 100. ISBN 978-1-4072-2145-8.
Daniel, Paul (1978). "Destinul unui poet". In Fondane, Benjamin. Poezii. Bucharest: Editura Minerva. pp. 633–635. OCLC 252065138.
Lawson, Mark (2014-11-01). "The daddy of Broadway". . London. p. 18 (Review). The Guardian
Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-860634-5. 1929 in poetry
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1939 in Australian literature
This article presents a list of the historical events and publications of Australian literature during 1939.
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1939 in New Zealand
The following lists events that happened during 1939 in New Zealand.
Beware of Pity (novel)
Beware of Pity (German: Ungeduld des Herzens, literally The Heart's Impatience) is a 1939 novel by the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig. It was Zweig's longest work of fiction. It was adapted into a 1946 film of the same title, directed by Maurice Elvey.
Coup de Grâce (novel)
Coup de Grâce (French: Le Coup de grâce) is a 1939 novel in French by Marguerite Yourcenar. The narrative is a triangle drama set in the Baltics during the Russian Civil War (1917-1922).
It was adapted into the 1976 film Coup de Grâce, directed by Volker Schlöndorff.
List of years in literature
This page gives a chronological list of years in literature (descending order), with notable publications listed with their respective years and a small selection of notable events. The time covered in individual years covers Renaissance, Baroque and Modern literature, while Medieval literature is resolved by century.
Note: List of years in poetry exists specifically for poetry.
See Table of years in literature for an overview of all "year in literature" pages.
Possessed (Polish: Opętani) is a 1939 novel by the Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz, published under the pseudonym Zdisław Niewieski. It is a pastiche of gothic and serial novels in the vein of Horace Walpole and Eugène Sue.
The Legend of the Holy Drinker
The Legend of the Holy Drinker (German: Die Legende vom heiligen Trinker) is a 1939 novella by Austrian writer Joseph Roth, published posthumously by Allert de Lange Verlag in Amsterdam. It tells the story of a homeless alcoholic, Andreas, who wants to return money he has borrowed, but fails because he spends all of his money on alcohol.
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