1970 in literature

The year 1970 in literature involved some significant events and new books.

Events

* "Deliverance" by American poet James Dickey published. In 2001, the book would be named as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century by the editorial board of the American Modern Library.

New books

* Richard Bach - "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"
* Nina Bawden - "The Birds on the Trees"
* Pierre Berton - "The National Dream"
* Judy Blume - "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret"
* Jim Bouton - "Ball Four"
* Wallace Breem - "Eagle in the Snow"
* Jimmy Breslin - "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight"
* Taylor Caldwell - "Great Lion of God"
* Robertson Davies - "Fifth Business"
* L. Sprague de Camp
**"The Reluctant Shaman and Other Fantastic Tales"
**"Warlocks and Warriors" (ed.)
* Samuel R. Delany - "The Fall of the Towers (Trilogy)"
* James Dickey - "Deliverance"
* José Donoso - "The Obscene Bird of Night ((El obsceno pájaro de la noche)"
* Lawrence Durrell - "Nunquam"
* Graham Greene - "Travels with My Aunt"
* Anne Hébert - "Kamouraska"
* Susan Hill - "I'm the King of the Castle"
* Pamela Hansford Johnson - "The Honours Board"
* Anna Kavan - "Julia and the Bazooka"
* Jaan Kross - "Between Three Plagues" (part 1)
* Ira Levin - "This Perfect Day"
* H. P. Lovecraft - "The Horror in the Museum and Other Revisions"
* Eric Malpass - "Oh My Darling Daughter"
* Ruth Manning-Sanders - "A Book of Devils and Demons"
* Yukio Mishima - "The Decay of the Angel" last book in the The Sea of Fertility series
* Brian Moore - "Fergus"
* Toni Morrison - "The Bluest Eye"
* Larry Niven - "Ringworld"
* John Jay Osborn, Jr. - "The Paper Chase"
* Robert W. Peterson - "Only the Ball was White"
* Kurban Said - "Ali and Nino"
* Erich Segal - "Love Story"
* Sidney Sheldon - "The Naked Face"
* Clark Ashton Smith - "Other Dimensions"
*Muriel Spark - "The Driver's Seat"
* Mary Stewart - "The Crystal Cave"
* Leon Uris - "QB VII"
* Jack Vance - "The Pnume"
* E. B. White - "The Trumpet Of The Swan"
* Roger Zelazny - "Nine Princes in Amber"

New drama

* Dario Fo - "Accidental Death of an Anarchist"
* Anthony Shaffer - "Sleuth"

Poetry

* L. Sprague deCamp - "Demons and Dinosaurs"

Non-fiction

* Dee Brown - "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
* Henri Charrière - "Papillon"
* August Derleth - ""
* Helene Hanff - "84 Charing Cross Road"
* Arthur Janov - "The Primal Scream"
* Mahathir bin Mohamad - "The Malay Dilemma"
* Kate Millet - "Sexual Politics"
* Nancy Mitford - "Frederick the Great"
* Albert Speer - "Inside the Third Reich"
* Alvin Toffler - "Future Shock"

Births

* September 10 - Phaswane Mpe, novelist, (d. 2004)
* September 16 - Nick Sagan, novelist and screenwriter
* September 24 - Gemma Moraleja Paz, poet and novelist
* "unknown date" - Alex Garland, novelist
* October 27 - Jonathan Stroud, fantasy writer

Deaths

* January 10 - Charles Olson, poet
* January 29 - Basil Liddell Hart, military historian
* February 2 - Bertrand Russell, philosopher
* March 11 - Erle Stanley Gardner, "Perry Mason" author
* March 29 - Vera Brittain, novelist and poet
* April 11 - John O'Hara, novelist
* May 12 - Nelly Sachs, poet and dramatist
* June 3 - Adrian Conan Doyle, son and literary executor of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
* June 7 - E. M. Forster, novelist
* June 16 - Elsa Triolet, novelist
* July 15 - Eric Berne, psychiatrist and author
* September 1 - François Mauriac, novelist
* September 28 - John Dos Passos, novelist
* November 25 - Yukio Mishima, Japanese author and rightist political activist (suicide)

Awards

* Nobel Prize for Literature: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Canada

* See 1970 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.

France

* Prix Goncourt: Michel Tournier, "Le Roi des Aulnes"
* Prix Médicis French: Camille Bourniquel, "Sélinonte ou la Chambre impériale"
* Prix Médicis International: Luigi Malerba, "Saut de la mort"

United Kingdom

* Booker Prize: Bernice Rubens, "The Elected Member"
* Cholmondeley Award: Kathleen Raine, Douglas Livingstone, Edward Brathwaite
* Eric Gregory Award: Helen Frye, Paul Mills, John Mole, Brian Morse, Alan Perry, Richard Tibbitts
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Lily Powell, "The Bird of Paradise"
* James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Jasper Ridley, "Lord Palmerston"
* Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry: Roy Fuller

United States

* Hugo Award: Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Left Hand of Darkness"
* Nebula Award: Larry Niven, "Ringworld"
* Newbery Medal for children's literature: William H. Armstrong, "Sounder"
* Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Charles Gordone, "No Place To Be Somebody"
* Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Jean Stafford, "Collected Stories"
* Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Richard Howard, "Untitled Subjects"

Elsewhere

* Premio Nadal: Jesús Fernández Santos, "Libro de las memorias de las cosas"
* Viareggio Prize: Nello Saito, "Dentro e fuori"


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