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1997 in literature

Literature-related events during 1997

List of years in literature (table)

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1997.


Uncertain dates

  • Tom Clancy signs a deal with Pearson Custom Publishing and Penguin Putnam Inc. giving him US $50 million for the world English rights to two new books. A second agreement pays another $25 million for a four-year book/multimedia deal, and a third, with Berkley Books for 24 paperbacks to tie in with an ABC television miniseries for $22 million.
  • Janet Dailey admits to plagiarism of the novels of the fellow American bestselling romance writer Nora Roberts.[4][5]

1997 in literature articles: 7

New books


Children and young people










United Kingdom

United States

Fiction: Josip Novakovich (fiction/nonfiction), Melanie Rae Thon
Nonfiction: Jo Ann Beard, Suketu Mehta (fiction/nonfiction), Ellen Meloy
Plays: Erik Ehn
Poetry: Connie Deanovich, Forrest Gander, Jody Gladding, Mark Turpin



  1. ^ a b Hampton, Wilborn (April 6, 1997). "Allen Ginsberg, Master Poet Of Beat Generation, Dies at 70". New York Times. Archived from the original on March 11, 2008. Retrieved April 14, 2008.
  2. ^ Ginsberg, Allen. Collected Poems 1947–1997. pp. 1160–61.
  3. ^ "Harry Potter, 'Huckleberry Finn' among controversial". Banned books. CNN. Archived from the original on 2004-08-05.
  4. ^ Wilson, Jeff (1997-07-30). "Romance novelist Janet Dailey apologizes for plagiarism". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  5. ^ Standora, Leo (1997-08-27). "Romance Writer Janet Dailey Sued". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on 2009-08-01. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  6. ^ Owens, Irene (January 2003). "Reason, Joseph Henry". In Donald G. Davis (ed.). Dictionary of American Library Biography: Second supplement. Libraries Unlimited. pp. 182–186. ISBN 978-1-56308-868-1.
  7. ^ 2003 Penguin Modern Classics edition of Junky.
  8. ^ Onishi, Norimitsu. "Leon Forrest, 60, a Novelist Who Explored Black History", The New York Times, November 10, 1997.
  9. ^ Kathy Acker and Transnationalism, ed. Polina Mackay and Kathryn Nicol (Cambridge Scholars, 2009)
  10. ^ Faculty of Arts, 1997, Edna Staebler Award Archived 2014-06-06 at Archive-It, Wilfrid Laurier University, Previous winners, Anne Mullens, Retrieved 11/17/2012