1991 in literature
This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1991.
- February – Sisters Vanessa Redgrave (Olga) and Lynn Redgrave (Masha) make their first and only joint appearance on stage, with niece Jemma Redgrave as Irina, in the title rôles of Chekhov's Three Sisters at the Queen's Theatre, London.
- July 11 – The Satanic Verses controversy: Hitoshi Igarashi (born 1947), Japanese translator of Salman Rushdie's 1988 novel The Satanic Verses, is stabbed to death at the University of Tsukuba in accordance with the fatwa against those involved in circulating the book.
- October – Irvine Welsh's first published fiction, the short story "The First Day of the Edinbugh Festival", later incorporated into Trainspotting, appears in New Writing Scotland.
- November 4 – An archaeological expedition is launched, eventually resulting in the discovery of a mass grave and identification of the body of novelist Alain-Fournier, 77 years after his death as Lieutenant Henri-Alban Fournier in World War I. His bones are interred at Saint-Remy-la-Calonne.
Children and young people
- January 22 – Robert Choquette, Canadian novelist and poet (born 1905)
- January 23 – Northrop Frye, Canadian literary critic (born 1912)
- January 29 – Yasushi Inoue, Japanese novelist (born 1907)
- February 24 – John Daly, American journalist and game show host (born 1914)
- March – Paul Engle, American poet and novelist (born 1908)
- March 14 – Margery Sharp, English novelist and children's writer (born 1905)
- April 3 – Graham Greene, English novelist (born 1904)
- April 4 – Max Frisch, Swiss playwright and novelist (born 1911)
- April 12 – James Schuyler, American poet (born 1923)
- April 15 – Dante Milano, Brazilian modernist poet (born 1899)
- May 3 – Jerzy Kosinski, Polish-American novelist (born 1933; suicide)
- May 31 – Angus Wilson, English novelist (born 1913)
- June 24 – Sumner Locke Elliott, Australian-American author and playwright (born 1917)
- July 24 – Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-born Jewish-American novelist (born 1902)
- August 1 – Yusuf Idris, Egyptian writer (born 1927)
- August 17 – Terence Kilmartin, Irish journalist and translator (born 1922)
- September 4 – Peggy Ramsay, British theatrical agent (born 1908)
- September 24 – Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), American children's writer (born 1904)
- September 27 – Roy Fuller, English poet (born 1912)
- October 11 – Steven "Jesse" Bernstein, American performance poet (born 1950; suicide)
- October 12 – Arkady Strugatsky, Russian science fiction writer (born 1925)
- October 16 – Leon Levițchi, Romanian translator (born 1918)
- October 27 – George Barker, English poet (born 1913)
- November 29 – Frank Yerby, African American historical novelist (born 1916)
- Booker Prize: Ben Okri, The Famished Road
- Carnegie Medal for children's literature: Berlie Doherty, Dear Nobody
- Cholmondeley Award: James Berry, Sujata Bhatt, Michael Hulse, Derek Mahon
- Eric Gregory Award: Roddy Lumsden, Glyn Maxwell, Stephen Smith, Wayne Burrows, Jackie Kay
- Guardian Fiction Award: Alan Judd, The Devil's Own Work
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Iain Sinclair, Downriver
- James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Adrian Desmond and James Moore, Darwin
- Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry: Judith Wright
- Whitbread Best Book Award: John Richardson, A Life of Picasso
- The Sunday Express Book of the Year: Michael Frayn, A Landing on the Sun
- Fiction: Rebecca Goldstein, Allegra Goodman, John Holman, Cynthia Kadohata, Rick Rofihe, J Anton Shammas (fiction/nonfiction)
- Nonfiction: Stanley Crouch
- Plays: Scott McPherson
- Poetry: Thylias Moss, Franz Wright
1900 in literature
- ^ Weisman, Steven R. (1991-07-13). "Japanese Translator of Rushdie Book Found Slain". The New York Times. Archived from the original on June 2, 2002.
- ^ NWS 9:42.
- ^ "La découverte du corps d’Alain-Fournier et de ses frères d’armes". Accessed 15 February 2015
- ^ Nitassinan: The Innu Struggle to Reclaim Their Homeland. Douglas & McIntyre. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
- ^ Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. Wilfrid Laurier University. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- ^ Wilfrid Laurier University Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction; Previous Winners; 1991: Susan Mayse. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- ^ Member Profile-Susan Mayse. The Writers Union of Canada. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1900. 1981 in poetry
Nationality words link to articles with information on the nation's poetry or literature (for instance, Irish or France). 1991 in New Zealand
The following lists events that happened during 1991 in New Zealand. Far from Medina
Far from Medina (French: Loin de Médine) is a 1991 novel by the Algerian writer Assia Djebar. The story revolves around a group of women contemporary with the Islamic prophet Muhammad. An English translation by Dorothy S. Blair was published through Quartet Books in 1994. List of years in Australian literature
This page gives a chronological list of years in Australian literature (descending order), with notable publications and events listed with their respective years. The time covered in individual years covers the period of European settlement of the country.
See Table of years in literature for an overview of all "year in literature" pages. 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. Needful Things
Needful Things is a 1991 horror novel by American author Stephen King. It is the first novel King wrote after his rehabilitation from drug and alcohol addiction. The story is about a shopkeeper who runs his business by exchanging goods for money and mysterious deeds performed by the customer. According to the cover, it is "The Last Castle Rock Story". However, the town later serves as the setting for the short story "It Grows on You" (published in King's 1993 collection Nightmares & Dreamscapes which, according to King, serves as an epilogue to Needful Things) as well as King's 2018 novella Elevation. It was made into a film of the same name in 1993 which was directed by Fraser C. Heston. The Following Story
The Following Story (Dutch: Het volgende verhaal) is a 1991 novel by the Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom. It portrays a former teacher of classical languages, turned writer of travel guides, who has a mysterious experience in which he wakes up in a different city from where he fell asleep.
It won the 1993 European Literary Prize. The novel was published in an English translation in 1993. The Gardens of Light
The Gardens of Light (French: Les jardins de lumière) is a 1991 novel by the French-Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf. It focuses on the Parthian religious thinker Mani, founder of Manichaeism. The Girl Next Door (Ketchum novel)
The Girl Next Door is a crime novel by American writer Jack Ketchum in 1989. It is about two teen girls who are left in the care of their aunt, and the systematic and escalating abuse both of them and one sister in particular suffer at the hands of their aunt and her children.
The novel is loosely based on the murder of Sylvia Likens, in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1965, although the names of the people involved, as well as the location, time and details of the crime itself have been changed. In 2007 it was made into a feature film, The Girl Next Door. The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 1991
This is a list of adult fiction books that topped The New York Times Fiction Best Seller list in 1991.
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