October 4 – Brian O'Nolan's first "Cruiskeen Lawn" humorous column is published in The Irish Times (Dublin); from the second column he uses the pseudonym 'Myles na gCopaleen'. The original columns are composed in the Irish language. He continues writing the column until the year of his death, 1966.
December – Penguin Books launches its Puffin Books children's imprint in the United Kingdom with publication of "Puffin Picture Book No. 1", War on Land, by James Holland.
Russian poet Anna Akhmatova's collection From Six Books is published in the Soviet Union but publication is suspended shortly after release, copies pulped and remaining issues prohibited.
Wills & Hepworth of Loughborough launch their classic Ladybird Books format in the United Kingdom with publication of Bunnykin's Picnic Party: a story in verse for children with illustrations in colour.
When a work's copyright expires, it enters the public domain. The following is a list of works that entered the public domain in 2011. Since laws vary globally, the copyright status of some works are not uniform.
The Golden Treasury of Scottish Poetry was edited by Hugh MacDiarmid, and published in 1940. From the introduction:
The difference … between this anthology and all previous anthologies of Scottish poetry — is that some little effort has been made to present an "all-in view" of Scottish poetry and in particular to give some little representation to its Gaelic and Latin elements.
It contained a number of ballads, and other anonymous verse; and translations from Latin and Gaelic. The introduction also makes the case for Lallans as a poetic language, contra Edwin Muir.
The book was given a positive review in 1941 by Louis Macneice, who ranked it with the Golden Treasury of Irish Verse, by Lennox Robinson.
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.
"No Foe Shall Gather Our Harvest" is a poem by Australian poet Mary Gilmore. It was first published in The Australian Women's Weekly on 29 June 1940, and later in the poet's collection Fourteen Men. The final two stanzas from the poem appear as microtext on the Australian ten-dollar note.
The Secret of Dr. Honigberger (Romanian: Secretul doctorului Honigberger) is a 1940 novella by the Romanian writer Mircea Eliade. It centres on the search for a 19th-century physician named Johann Martin Honigberger, who disappeared in India while searching for the invisible kingdom Shambhala, as well as his early 20th-century biographer who has also disappeared.
Honigberger was a real person, a physician and ethnographer who travelled in Asia in the 19th century. The novella was first published in Romania in 1940 together with Eliade's novella Nights at Serampore, which also revolves around India and has similar supernatural elements. The two novellas were translated into English by William Ames Coates and published in 1970 as Two Tales of the Occult, and in 1986 as Two Strange Tales. A translation by Ana Cartianu was published in 1992 under the title Doctor Honigberger's Secret, as part of the Eliade omnibus volume Mystic Stories.
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