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1983 in literature

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1983.

Events

  • April – The Russian samizdat poet Irina Ratushinskaya is sentenced to imprisonment in a labor camp for dissident activity. While there she continues to write poetry clandestinely.
  • June 2 – The Francophone Senegalese poet and politician Léopold Sédar Senghor becomes the first black African writer elected as a member of the Académie française.
  • July – Barbara Cartland, who reaches the age of 82, writes 23 romantic novels this year.
  • November – Bruce Bethke's short story Cyberpunk, written in 1980, is published in Amazing Stories magazine in the United States and as a novel online, giving a name to the entire science fiction subgenre of cyberpunk.

    Uncertain date
  • Salvage for the Saint by Peter Bloxsom and John Kruse is published, as the final book in a series of novels, novellas and short stories featuring the Leslie Charteris creation "The Saint", which started in 1928. (An attempt to revive the series in 1997 is unsuccessful.)

    New books



    Fiction

  • Nelson Algren (posthumous) – The Devil's Stocking
  • Isaac AsimovThe Robots of Dawn
  • Greg BearThe Wind from a Burning Woman
  • Samuel BeckettWorstward Ho
  • Thomas BergerThe Feud
  • Thomas BernhardThe Loser (Der Untergeher)
  • Jorge Luis BorgesShakespeare's Memory (La memoria de Shakespeare, short stories)
  • Marion Zimmer BradleyThe Mists of Avalon
  • Morley CallaghanA Time for Judas
  • Raymond CarverCathedral
  • Sandra CisnerosThe House on Mango Street
  • Hugo ClausThe Sorrow of Belgium (Het verdriet van België)
  • J. M. CoetzeeLife and Times of Michael K
  • Jackie CollinsHollywood Wives
  • Basil CopperThe House of the Wolf
  • Bernard Cornwell
  • Sharpe's Sword
  • Sharpe's Enemy
  • Bernard and Judy Cornwell (as Susannah Kells) – A Crowning Glory
  • György Dalos1985
  • L. Sprague de Camp
  • The Reluctant King
  • The Unbeheaded King
  • Jim DodgeFup
  • Stephen R. DonaldsonWhite Gold Wielder: Book Three of The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
  • Nora EphronHeartburn
  • Ken FollettOn Wings of Eagles
  • Ernest J. GainesA Gathering of Old Men
  • John GardnerIcebreaker
  • Haidar HaidarWalimah li A'ashab al-Bahr (وليمة لأعشاب البحر, A Feast for the Seaweeds)
  • Maarten 't HartDe kroongetuige
  • Mark HelprinWinter's Tale
  • Amado V. HernandezLuha ng Buwaya (Crocodile's Tear)
  • Susan HillThe Woman in Black
  • Elfriede JelinekThe Piano Teacher (Die Klavierspielerin)
  • Elizabeth JolleyWoman in a Lamp Shade
  • Jo Jung-raeThe Tae Baek Mountains (태백산맥, publication begins)
  • Ernst JüngerAladdin's Problem
  • William KennedyIronweed
  • Stephen KingChristine
  • Danilo KišThe Encyclopedia of the Dead (Enciklopedija mrtvih)
  • Dean R. KoontzPhantoms
  • Louis L'AmourThe Lonesome Gods
  • Derek LambertThe Judas Code
  • John le CarréThe Little Drummer Girl
  • Mary MackeyThe Last Warrior Queen
  • Norman MailerAncient Evenings
  • James A. MichenerPoland
  • R. K. NarayanA Tiger for Malgudi
  • Robert B. ParkerThe Widening Gyre
  • Ellis Peters
  • The Sanctuary Sparrow
  • The Devil's Novice
  • Tim PowersThe Anubis Gates
  • Terry PratchettThe Colour of Magic
  • Satyajit RayShonku Ekai Aksho (Shonku, All in All, collected Professor Shonku stories)
  • Salman RushdieShame
  • Joanna RussThe Zanzibar Cat
  • Danielle SteelChanges
  • Walter TevisThe Queen's Gambit
  • Gore VidalDuluth
  • Evangeline WaltonThe Sword is Forged
  • Fay WeldonThe Life and Loves of a She-Devil
  • A. N. WilsonScandal
  • Robert Anton WilsonPrometheus Rising
  • Christa WolfCassandra (Kassandra)
  • Roger ZelaznyUnicorn Variations (stories and essays)

    Children and young people

  • Chris Van AllsburgThe Wreck of the Zephyr
  • Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont (with Willi Glasauer) – Beauty and the Beast
  • Roald DahlThe Witches
  • Mem FoxPossum Magic
  • Rumer Godden
  • Four Dolls
  • The Valiant Chatti-Maker
  • Dick King-SmithThe Sheep-Pig (also as Babe, the Gallant Pig)
  • Harold Lamb (with George Barr and Alicia Austin) - The Sea of the Ravens
  • Astrid LindgrenThe Runaway Sleigh Ride! (Titta Madicken, det snöar!)
  • Bill PeetNo Such Things
  • Jean Giono (with Willi Glasauer) – The Man Who Planted Trees

    Drama

  • Samuel BeckettNacht und Träume (television play, first broadcast)
  • Ray CooneyRun for Your Wife
  • David MametGlengarry Glen Ross
  • Tom MurphyThe Gigli Concert
  • Christina ReidTea in a China Cup
  • Larry ShueThe Foreigner
  • Neil SimonBrighton Beach Memoirs
  • Botho StraußThe Park (Der Park)

    Poetry

  • Paul DurcanJumping the Train Tracks with Angela
  • Grace NicholsI is a long-memoried woman

    Non-fiction

  • Benedict AndersonImagined Communities
  • Pascal BrucknerThe Tears of the White Man
  • L. Sprague de CampThe Fringe of the Unknown
  • L. Sprague de Camp, Catherine Crook de Camp and Jane Whittington GriffinDark Valley Destiny
  • Tom DardisHarold Lloyd: The Man on the Clock
  • Terry EagletonLiterary Theory: An Introduction
  • Anthony GreyThe Prime Minister Was a Spy
  • Shantabai KambleMajya Jalmachi Chittarkatha (The Kaleidoscopic Story of My Life)
  • Susan OliverOdyssey: A Daring Transatlantic Journey
  • Renée RichardsSecond Serve: The Renée Richards Story
  • Anna RosmusWiderstand und Verfolgung am Beispiel Passau 1933–1945 (Resistance and Persecution – The Case of Passau 1933–1945)
  • Nawal El SaadawiMudhakkirâtî fî sijn an-nisâʾ (Memoirs from the Women's Prison)
  • Ram SwarupUnderstanding Islam through Hadis
  • Colin ThubronAmong the Russians
  • Julia UrquidiLo que Varguitas no dijo (What Little Vargas Did not Say)
  • A. N. WilsonThe Life of John Milton: A Biography

    Births

  • July 2Tao Lin (林韬), Chinese novelist and poet
  • November 17Christopher Paolini, American fantasy novelist

    Uncertain date
  • Sarah Howe, Hong Kong-born poet writing in English

    Deaths

  • January 5Chapman Grant, American historian and publisher (born 1887)
  • February 14Brita von Horn, Swedish theater director, dramatist and novelist (born 1886)
  • February 25Tennessee Williams (Thomas Lanier Williams III), American playwright (born 1911)
  • March 3Hergé (Georges Prosper Remi), Belgian comics creator (born 1907)
  • April 12Desmond Bagley, English novelist (complications from stroke, born 1923))
  • May 4Shūji Terayama (寺山 修司), Japanese poet, dramatist, and film director (cirrhosis, born 1935)
  • May 21Amal Abul-Qassem Donqol, Egyptian poet (born 1940)
  • June 19Vilmundur Gylfason, Icelandic historian, poet and politician (suicide, born 1948)
  • June 27Alden Nowlan, Canadian poet, novelist and playwright (born 1933)
  • August 12Mikey Smith, Jamaican dub poet (stoned to death; born 1954)
  • September 16Roy Andries De Groot, English-born American food writer (born 1910)
  • December 5John Robinson, English religious writer and bishop (born 1919)

    Awards

  • Nobel Prize for Literature: William Golding

    Australia

  • The Australian/Vogel Literary Award: Jenny Summerville, Shields Of Trell
  • Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry: Vivian Smith, Tide Country
  • Miles Franklin Award: No award presented

    Canada

  • See 1983 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.

    France

  • Prix Goncourt: Frédérick Tristan, Les Égarés
  • Prix Médicis French: Jean Echenoz, Cherokee
  • Prix Médicis International: Kenneth White, La Route bleue

    Spain

  • Miguel de Cervantes Prize: Rafael Alberti

    United Kingdom

  • Booker Prize: J. M. Coetzee -Life and Times of Michael K
  • Carnegie Medal for children's literature: Jan Mark, Handles
  • Cholmondeley Award: John Fuller, Craig Raine, Anthony Thwaite
  • Eric Gregory Award: Martin Stokes, Hilary Davies, Michael O'Neill, Lisa St Aubin De Teran, Deidre Shanahan
  • James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction: Jonathan Keates, Allegro Postillions
  • James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography: Alan Walker, Franz Liszt: The Virtuoso Years
  • Newdigate prize: Peter McDonald
  • Whitbread Best Book Award: John Fuller, Flying to Nowhere

    United States

  • Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize: Kate Daniels, The White Wave
  • Nebula Award: David Brin, Startide Rising
  • Newbery Medal for children's literature: Cynthia Voigt, Dicey's Song
  • Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Marsha Norman, 'Night, Mother
  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Alice WalkerThe Color Purple
  • Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Galway KinnellSelected Poems
  • Pulitzer Prize for History: The Transformation of Virginia, 1740–1790 by Rhys L. Isaac
  • Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction: Is There No Place on Earth for Me? by Susan Sheehan

    Elsewhere

  • Hugo Award for Best Novel: Foundation's Edge by Isaac Asimov
  • Premio Nadal: Salvador García Aguilar, Regocijo en el hombre