Calendar of Literary Facts

The Calendar of Literary Facts contains more than 6,500 events in literary history.

Literary Facts - 1952

Whittaker Chambers publishes Witness

The first hydrogen bomb is tested by U.S. technicians

Elizabeth II ascends the throne of Great Britain

The Mau-Mau revolt against British colonial rule in Kenya

Dr. Jonas Salk introduces a vaccine to treat polio

C. S. Lewis publishes Mere Christianity

Joseph Kramm receives the Pulitzer Prize in drama for The Shrike

François Mauriac receives the Nobel Prize for Literature

Evelyn Waugh publishes his Sword of Honour trilogy

Margery Allingham publishes The Tiger in the Smoke

Yasunari Kawabata publishes Sembazuru (Thousand Cranes)

Ralph Ellison publishes Invisible Man

Ernest Hemingway publishes The Old Man and the Sea

Amos Tutuola publishes The Palm-Wine Drinkard and His Dead Palm-Wine Tapster in the Dead’s Town

Juan José Arreola publishes Confabulario

Rohinton Mistry is born

John Steinbeck publishes East of Eden

Marianne Moore receives the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Collected Poems

Jean Anouilh’s Le bal des voleurs is produced

Jimmy Santiago Baca is born

Ralph J. Bunche publishes Peace and the United Nations

Ernest Buckler publishes The Mountain and the Valley

Erle Stanley Gardner publishes The Court of Last Resort

E. B. White publishes Charlotte’s Web

Herman Wouk receives the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for The Caine Mutiny: A Novel of World War II

Walter Mosley is born. (Explore: A Little Yellow Dog, The Man in My Basement, Walter Mosley) (January 12)

Joseph Kramm’s drama The Shrike is first performed. (Explore: The Shrike, Joseph Kramm) (January 15)

Knut Hamsun dies. (Explore: Hunger, Knut Hamsun Hunger, Knut Pedersen) (February 19)

Amy Tan is born. (Explore: The Joy Luck Club, Two Kinds, Amy Tan) (February 19)

Mariano Azuela dies. (Explore: The Flies, The Underdogs, Mariano Azuela) (March 1)

Douglas Adams is born. (Explore: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe) (March 11)

Alice Hoffman is born. (Explore: The River King, Alice Hoffman, The Ice Queen) (March 16)

Ferenc Molnar dies. (Explore: Liliom, Ferenc Molnár) (April 1)

Gary Soto is born. (Explore: Buried Onions, Living up the Street, Oranges, Gary Soto, What is the rite of passage in the poem "Oranges" by Gary Soto?) (April 12)

Elizabeth Becker (Beth Henley) is born. (Explore: Crimes of the Heart, The Miss Firecracker Contest, Beth Henley) (May 8)

Vikram Seth is born. (Explore: Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy, The Golden Gate) (June 20)

Robert R. McCammon is born. (Explore: Speaks the Nightbird, Boy's Life) (July 11)

Rita Dove is born. (Explore: Geometry, Mother Love, Through the Ivory Gate, Rita Dove, What is the theme of "Daystar" by Rita Dove?) (August 28)

Loren D. Estleman is born. (Explore: A Smile on the Face of the Tiger, The Hours of the Virgin, Loren D. Estleman) (September 15)

Cherrie Moraga is born. (Explore: Cherríe Moraga) (September 25)

Clive Barker is born (October 5)

Michael Cunningham is born. (Explore: Michael Cunningham, White Angel, By Nightfall) (November 6)