This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in
February 8 – Jin Yong's first novel, wuxia (書劍恩仇錄), begins publication in the The Book and the Sword (Hong Kong), where he is an editor. New Evening Post
April 16 – Sir Laurence Olivier's film version of Shakespeare's is released in U.K. film theaters. Richard III
July 10 – Jorge Luis Borges is appointed Director of the National Library of the Argentine Republic.
July 14 – Director Stephen Joseph establishes Britain's first theatre in the round at Scarborough, North Yorkshire, predecessor of the Stephen Joseph Theatre. 
July 30 – English poet Philip Larkin, having taken up the post of University Librarian at the University of Hull on March 21, makes a train journey from Hull to Grantham which inspires his poem " The Whitsun Weddings". His collection  is published in November (dated October). The Less Deceived August – American
speculative fiction author Charles Beaumont's short story "The Crooked Man", depicting a homosexual society where heterosexuality is persecuted, is published in magazine after being rejected by Playboy . Esquire
August 3 – English language première of Samuel Beckett's play , directed by Waiting for Godot Peter Hall, opens at the Arts Theatre, London.
August 27 – The first hardback edition of appears in The Guinness Book of Records London.  September –
by Lolita Vladimir Nabokov is published in Paris, but it takes until 1958 to be published in the United States.  November –
Frank Herbert's first novel, , begins its three-part serialization as The Dragon in the Sea Under Pressure in the monthly . Astounding Science-Fiction 
November 28 – Ray Lawler's receives its stage première by the Summer of the Seventeenth Doll Union Theatre Repertory Company in Melbourne with the playwright in a leading role; this is influential, as the first authentically naturalistic modern drama in the theatre of Australia. 
Jean Cocteau is elected to both the (March 3; inducted October 20) and the Académie française (January 8; inducted October 1). Académie royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique An article in the
criticises the novels of British Journal of Education Enid Blyton as formula fiction.  Indian guru Mani Madhava Chakyar performs Koodiyattam outside the temple for the first time.  New books Edit
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January 11 – Max Lucado, American religious writer
January 12 – Rockne S. O'Bannon, American writer and producer
January 13 – Jay McInerney, American novelist
January 27 – Alexander Stuart, English-born American novelist and screenwriter
February 2 – Leszek Engelking, Polish poet, fiction writer and translator
February 8 – John Grisham, American novelist
February 17 – Mo Yan, Chinese fiction writer
March 19 – John Burnside, Scottish poet and fiction writer
March 23 – Lloyd Jones, New Zealand novelist
March 27 – Patrick McCabe, Irish novelist
April 8 – Barbara Kingsolver, American novelist, essayist and poet
April 30 – Zlatko Topčić, Bosnian author and screenwriter
May 30 – Colm Tóibín, Irish novelist, playwright and poet
June 4 – Val McDermid, Scottish crime novelist
June 16 – J. Jill Robinson, Canadian fiction writer
June 20 – Tor Nørretranders, Danish science author
July 5 – Mia Couto (António Emílio Leite Couto), Mozambican writer
July 12 – Robin Robertson, Scottish-born poet, novelist and editor
August 2 – Caleb Carr, American writer
August 7 – Vladimir Sorokin, Russian writer
August 8 – Iain Pears, English writer
September 6 – Raymond Benson, American novelist
September 13 – Hiromi Itō (伊藤 比呂美), Japanese poet, essayist and translator
October 19 – Jason Shinder, American poet and editor (died 2008)
November 12 – Katharine Weber, American author and academic
November 23 – Steven Brust, American fantasy author
December 28 – Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波), Chinese critic, writer and activist (died 2017) Unknown date
January 20 – Robert P. Tristram Coffin, American poet, essayist and novelist (born 1892)
February 23 – Paul Claudel, French poet, dramatist and diplomat (born 1868)
April 10 – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French philosopher and essayist (born 1881)
May 16 – James Agee, American writer (born 1909)
June 6 – Joseph Jefferson Farjeon, English crime writer (born 1883)
June 17 – Constance Holme, English novelist and dramatist (born 1880)
June 19 – Adrienne Monnier, French poet and publisher (born 1892)
June 21 – Roger Mais, Jamaican novelist (born 1905)
June 30 – Gilbert Cannan, British writer (born 1884)
July 3 – Beatrice Chase, English writer (born 1874)
August 1 – Charles Shaw, Australian writer (born 1900)
August 2 – Wallace Stevens, American poet (born 1879)
August 12 – Thomas Mann, German novelist (born 1875)
August 14 – Herbert Putnam, American Librarian of Congress (born 1861)
August 29 – Hong Shen (洪深), Chinese dramatist (born 1894)
September 20 – Robert Riskin, American dramatist and screenwriter (born 1897)
October 18 – José Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher (born 1883)
November 1 – Dale Carnegie, American writer (born 1888)
November 12 – Tin Ujević, Croatian poet (born 1891)
December – Al. T. Stamatiad, Romanian poet (born 1885) In literature Edit References Edit
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