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1983 in literature

April – Russian samizdat poet Irina Ratushinskaya is sentenced to imprisonment in a labor camp for dissident activity; she continues to write poetry clandestinely in prison. Barbara Cartland, who reaches the age of 82 in July, writes 23 romantic ...

1984 in literature

December 19 – Ted Hughes appointment as Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom is announced in succession to Sir John Betjeman, Philip Larkin having turned down the post. April 4 – The narrative of George Orwells dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four ...

1985 in literature

August 11 – A memorial to Hugh MacDiarmid is unveiled near his home at Langholm, Scotland. February 25 – Sue Limbs parodic pastiche of the Lake Poets, The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere, begins broadcasting on BBC Radio 4 in the U.K.

1986 in literature

April 29 – A major fire at Los Angeles Public Library caused by arson destroys 400.000 volumes. October 9 – The Phantom of the Opera, having been the longest running Broadway show ever, opens at Her Majestys Theatre in London. December 19 – The S ...

1988 in literature

March 7 – Nine thousand movie and television writers of the Writers Guild of America go on strike a day after rejecting a final offer from producers. June – The Panasonic Globe Theatre, Tokyo, opens with an Ingmar Bergman production of Shakespear ...

1991 in literature

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 roles of Chekhovs Three Sisters at the Queens Theatre, London. November 4 – An ...

1992 in literature

September – Michael Ondaatjes historiographic metafiction The English Patient is published in Canada. It will win The Golden Man Booker in 2018. August 25 – The National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina is annihilated during the S ...

1993 in literature

The Guodian Chu Slips, including the oldest known version of Laozis Tao Te Ching, a chapter from the Book of Rites, content from the Book of Documents and the previously lost Xing Zi Ming Chu, written on bamboo and dated before 300 BCE later Warr ...

1994 in literature

October 11 – The choice of James Kelmans book How Late It Was, How Late as the years Booker Prize winner proves controversial. of the judges, Rabbi Julia Neuberger, declares it "a disgrace" and leaves the event, later calling the book "crap"; WHS ...

1995 in literature

July 16 – Amazon.com, incorporated a year earlier by Jeff Bezos in Washington state as an online bookstore, sells its first book: Douglas Hofstadters Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought. ...

1996 in literature

October 3 – The first performance is held in New York of Eve Enslers episodic feminist play The Vagina Monologues. In the UK, the first Orange Prize for Fiction for female novelists goes to Helen Dunmore for A Spell of Winter. Lady Mary Wortley M ...

1997 in literature

December 30 – The memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou is removed from the ninth-grade English curriculum in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, for portraying "white people as being horrible, nasty, stupid people". February 20 – All ...

1998 in literature

Kinoko Nasu 奈須 きのこ launches the Kara no Kyōkai series, with five chapters released online. March 5 – Tennessee Williams 1938 play Not About Nightingales receives its stage premiere in London, in a collaboration between the Royal National The ...

1999 in literature

Persephone Books is founded in Bloomsbury, London, by Nicola Beauman to reprint mid-20th century fiction and non-fiction, mainly by women. May 1 – Andrew Motion is appointed Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom for ten years. September 7 – Black D ...

2000 in literature

September 26 – The English writer and politician Jeffrey Archer is charged with perjury, and on the same day opens in the title role of his own courtroom drama, The Accused. February – El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore takes over the Teatro Gran ...

2001 in literature

September 19 – Amiri Baraka reads his poem "Somebody Blew Up America?" at a poetry festival in New Jersey, eight days after 9/11. April 13 – The film version of Helen Fieldings 1996 novel Bridget Joness Diary has uncredited cameo roles as themsel ...

2002 in literature

March 16 – Authorities in Saudi Arabia arrest and jail the poet Abdul Mohsen Musalam and dismiss a newspaper editor following the publication of Musalams poem "The Corrupt on Earth", which criticizes the states Islamic judiciary, accusing some ju ...

2003 in literature

April 14 – The Iraq National Library and Archive is burned down as part of the Battle of Baghdad. February 12 – An invitation from the First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush, for a number of poets to attend a conference at the White House on ...

2004 in literature

October 31 – Publication in Paris by Denoel of Irene Nemirovskys Suite française, two novellas, Tempête en juin and Dolce, written and set in 1940–1941 from a sequence left unfinished on the authors death in Auschwitz concentration camp in 1942. ...

2005 in literature

June 13 – The poet Dannie Abse is injured and his wife Joan killed in an accident on the M4 in South Wales. August 15 – An integrated National Library of Norway opens to readers in Oslo for the first time. March 26 – The classic U.K. science fict ...

2006 in literature

Summer – Brutalism becomes the first literary movement to be launched via the social networking site Myspace. June – Ciaran Creaghs play Last Call, based loosely on the hanging of murderer Michael Manning in 1954 as witnessed by the playwrights f ...

2007 in literature

April 26 – Polly Stenhams play That Face, written when the author was 19, premieres at the Royal Court Theatre in London. December 11 – Terry Pratchett informs fans online that he has been diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimers disease. March 5 ...

2008 in literature

January 1 – In the UKs 2008 New Year Honours List, Hanif Kureishi CBE, Jenny Uglow OBE, Peter Vansittart OBE and Debjani Chatterjee MBE are all rewarded for "services to literature." July – Salman Rushdies Midnights Children 1981 is the winner of ...

2009 in literature

April 21 – UNESCO launches the World Digital Library. May 1 – Carol Ann Duffy is appointed Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, the first woman in the position; she is also the first Scot and the first openly gay occupant of the post. Australian ...

2010 in literature

November 9 – Johanna Skibsrud wins the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel The Sentimentalists. July 27 – Stieg Larssons Millennium Trilogy becomes an international sensation, with a total of 27 million copies sold worldwide as of May 2010. On ...

2012 in literature

January 1 – Copyright restrictions on James Joyces major works are lifted on the first day of the year, 70 years having passed last year since his death. Precious Timbuktu Manuscripts are evacuated under threat from Islamist rebels by Dr. Abdel K ...

2013 in literature

28 January – 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice in 1813 50th anniversary of the death of Sylvia Plath in 1963 11 February 200th anniversary of the birth of Harriet Jacobs in 1813 7 November – 100th anniversary of the birt ...

2014 in literature

March 6 – Joseph Boydens novel The Orenda wins the 2014 edition of Canada Reads. November 25 – Discovery of a previously unknown copy of the First Folio of Shakespeares plays 1623 in the public library at Saint-Omer in northern France is announce ...

2015 in literature

March 8 – The BBC launches a new television series of Winston Grahams Poldark novels. November 25 – Singapores Media Development Authority lifts prohibitions on 240 publications under the Undesirable Publications Act. January 21 – The British Bro ...

2016 in literature

May 20 – Writers who sign a letter calling for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union include Hilary Mantel, John le Carre, Philip Pullman and Tom Stoppard; nevertheless, the June 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referend ...

2017 in literature

December – Kristen Roupenians short story "Cat Person" is published in The New Yorker and becomes a viral phenomenon online, with more than 2.6 million hits. August 30 – A hard disk drive containing unfinished works by English comic fantasy novel ...

2018 in literature

October 19 – The exhibition "Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War", opening at the British Library, includes the earliest surviving will of an Englishwoman. Written on "a small, stained sheet of parchment", the detailed testament of Wynflæd is th ...

2019 in literature

April 11–13 – Trinity College Dublin holds a three-day symposium on Finnegans Wake, marking the 80th anniversary its publication. February 2 – The family of the U.S. fiction writer J. D. Salinger confirm in an interview published in the U.K. news ...

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