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1923 in literature

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1923. For works published in the United States, this year is also significant because from January 1, 2019, these were the first in 20 years to enter the public domain. They w ...

                                               

1924 in literature

Writer Miguel de Unamuno is dismissed for the first time from his university posts by the Spanish dictator General Miguel Primo de Rivera and goes into exile on Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. January Richard L. Simon and M. Lincoln "Max" Sc ...

                                               

1926 in literature

December 3 – The English detective story writer Agatha Christie disappears from her home in Surrey. On December 14 she is found staying at a Harrogate hotel, under her husbands mistresss surname, by the journalist Ritchie Calder. October 10 – Mik ...

                                               

1927 in literature

August – T. S. Eliots poem Journey of the Magi appears in Faber and Gwyers Ariel poems series in London, illustrated by E. McKnight Kauffer. January – The Books Kinokuniya 紀伊國屋書店 bookstore business is established in Tokyo. October – Victor ...

                                               

1932 in literature

March – Captain W. E. Johns English character Biggles James Bigglesworth is introduced as a World War I pilot in the short story "The White Fokker", in the first, April issue of Popular Flying magazine, edited by Johns. The first Biggles collecti ...

                                               

1946 in literature

December 18 October 1 – The English premiere of J. B. Priestleys drama An Inspector Calls set in 1912 shows at the New Theatre, London. It stars Ralph Richardson. November 8 – Christopher Isherwood becomes a U.S. citizen. January 5 – The Estonian ...

                                               

1949 in literature

January 11 – Bertolt Brechts play Mother Courage and Her Children Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder, 1939, is first performed in Germany, at the Deutsches Theater in East Berlin, with his wife Helene Weigel in the title role and staged with his Verf ...

                                               

1950 in literature

January 26 – For the film noir Gun Crazy, released on this day in the United States, co-writer Dalton Trumbo is billed as Millard Kaufman, due to the formers inclusion on the Hollywood blacklist. This year Trumbo serves 11 months in prison for Co ...

                                               

1951 in literature

May – Joe Orton enters the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where he meets his lover and ultimate murderer Kenneth Halliwell. July 16 – J. D. Salingers coming-of-age story The Catcher in the Rye is published by Little, Brown and Company i ...

                                               

1956 in literature

August 14 – Iris Murdoch marries John Bayley at Oxford register office. December April 23 – The British author C. S. Lewis and American poet Joy Gresham have a civil marriage at Oxford register office. May 8 – The first performance of John Osborn ...

                                               

1958 in literature

January 13 – In One, Inc. v. Olesen, the Supreme Court of the United States affirms that homosexual writing is not as such obscene. May 19 – The London debut of the production of Pinters The Birthday Party takes place at the Lyric Opera House Ham ...

                                               

1961 in literature

September 14 – Novelist William Golding, having resigned a teaching post at Bishop Wordsworths School in Salisbury, sets off for the academic year 1961/1962 to teach at Hollins College, Virginia, United States. Richard Booth opens a second-hand s ...

                                               

1965 in literature

June 30 – The English novelists Kingsley Amis and Elizabeth Jane Howard marry at Marylebone register office in London, as his second marriage and her third. May 26 – The world premiere of A High Wind in Jamaica, a film from Richard Hughess 1929 n ...

                                               

1966 in literature

February 14 – Dissident writers Yuli Daniel and Andrei Sinyavsky are sentenced to hard labour for "anti-Soviet activity". June 23 – Publication of Octopussy and The Living Daylights, the final collection of James Bond short stories by the charact ...

                                               

1967 in literature

The first publication of Mikhail Bulgakovs novel The Master and Margarita "Мастер и Маргари́та", in the form left at the authors death in 1940 concludes in the magazine Moskva, although censored portions circulate only in samizdat in the Soviet U ...

                                               

1968 in literature

October – Colin Spencers comedy Spitting Image, one of the first plays with openly gay male leads, premieres in London The Arvon Foundation is established by young poets John Fairfax and John Moat in the UK to promote creative writing. July 28 – ...

                                               

1969 in literature

March 23 – German-born writer Assia Wevill, a mistress of the English poet Ted Hughes and ex-wife of the Canadian poet David Wevill, gasses herself and their daughter at her London home. February 8 – After 147 years, the last issue of The Saturda ...

                                               

1970 in literature

August 27 – The Royal Shakespeare Company introduces a revolutionary production of Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream directed by Peter Brook, at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England. July 7 – The English publisher Sir A ...

                                               

1979 in literature

October 25 – The London Review of Books is first issued, its founding editors being Karl Miller, Mary-Kay Wilmers and Susannah Clapp. For its first six months it appears as an insert to The New York Review of Books. August Wilsons Jitney is first ...

                                               

1987 in literature

Tom Wolfe is paid US $5 million for the film rights to his novel The Bonfire of the Vanities published in book format in October, a record fee to an author at this time. January 2 – Golliwogs in Enid Blyton childrens books are replaced by the Bri ...

                                               

1989 in literature

Archeological remains of the English Renaissance Rose and Globe theaters are discovered in London. February 14 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Supreme Leader of Iran died 3 June 1989, issues a fatwa calling for the death of Indian-born British aut ...

                                               

1990 in literature

October – Nicci Gerrard marries Sean French in the London Borough of Hackney, to make up a writing team known as Nicci French. Austrian writer Ernest Bornemann is awarded the first Magnus Hirschfeld Medal for sexual research. March – Anton Chekho ...

                                               

2011 in literature

June 7 – Ransom Riggs publishes his young-adult novel Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children, which pins its narrative around a series of earlier private photographs he had collected. It remains top of The New York Times Childrens Chapter Boo ...

                                               

1774 in literature

September 29 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethes semi-autobiographical epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther Die Leiden des jungen Werthers written January – March is published anonymously in Leipzig, Germany; it is influential in the Sturm und ...

                                               

1790 in literature

The Royal Literary Fund is founded in Britain by David Williams. Xavier de Maistre writes Voyage autour de ma chambre Voyage Around my Room, published 1794 while under arrest in Turin in the Kingdom of Sardinia, as the result of a duel. May 21 – ...

                                               

1838 in literature

November 8 – French novelist George Sand begins an uncomfortable winter living with her lover, the ailing Polish-born composer and pianist Frederic Chopin, on the Mediterranean island of Majorca in the abandoned Carthusian monastery of Valldemoss ...

                                               

1873 in literature

The first performance of W. S. Gilbert and Gilbert Arthur à Becketts play The Happy Land at the Royal Court Theatre, London, parodies William Ewart Gladstone, Robert Lowe, and Acton Smee Ayrton, respectively the Prime Minister, Chancellor of the ...

                                               

1823 in literature

December – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, suffering from opium addiction, moves to No. 3, The Grove, Highgate, a house owned by Dr James Gillman. May 23 – Russian writer Alexander Pushkin begins work on his verse novel Eugene Onegin. December 23 – Clem ...

                                               

1519 in literature

Apokopos by Bergadis, the first book in Modern Greek, is printed in Venice. The chivalric romance Libro del muy esforzado e invencible caballero Don Claribalte Book of the most vigorous and invincible knight Don Claribalte, the first literary wor ...

                                               

1520 in literature

Ulrich von Huttens satirical poem Aufwecker der teutschen Nation Awakener of the German Nation is published – his earliest work in German. Scholars at Complutense University, Alcala de Henares, under the direction of Diego Lopez de Zuñiga, comple ...

                                               

1580 in literature

March – Thomas Legges Latin play about Richard III of England, Richardus Tertius, the first known history play performed in England, is acted by students at St Johns College, Cambridge. July 12 – The Ostrog Bible, the first complete printed Bible ...

                                               

1650 in literature

Robert Baron publishes his plagiarized work Pocula Castalia, stealing mainly from the minor poems of John Milton issued in 1645. Under this years Blasphemy Act, English radical Jacob Bauthumley is arrested, convicted and has his tongue pierced on ...

                                               

1651 in literature

Manuel de Salinas y Lizana – La casta Susana, parafrasis poetica de su sagrada historia Henry Vaughan – Olor Iscanus Swan of Usk Francisco de Trillo y Figueroa – Neapolisea William Davenant – Gondibert second impression Francisco de Borja y Arago ...

                                               

1659 in literature

January 27 – The poet Andrew Marvell is elected a member of Parliament for Kingston upon Hull in Englands Third Protectorate Parliament. August – William Davenant is briefly imprisoned for his part in George Booths Cheshire uprising. Uncertain da ...

                                               

1714 in literature

Esther Vanhomrigh pursues Jonathan Swift to Ireland. Samuel Garth, poet and royal physician, is knighted by George I. August 1 – George, Elector of Hanover, becomes King George I of Great Britain after the death of Queen Anne. This leads many wri ...

                                               

1715 in literature

The first record of the actress and writer Eliza Haywood tells of her performing in Thomas Shadwells Shakespeare adaptation, Timon of Athens; or, The Man-Hater at the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. c. August – Nicholas Rowe becomes the Poet Laureat ...

                                               

1716 in literature

Poet John Byrom returns to England to teach his own system of shorthand. Dramatist Philippe Nericault Destouches comes to London as an attache to the French embassy. June 21 – Work begins on construction of the Codrington Library at All Souls Col ...

                                               

1722 in literature

March – Defoes A Journal of the Plague Year is published under the initials H. F., purporting to be an eyewitness account of the Great Plague of London in 1665. September–October – Voltaire and Jean-Baptiste Rousseau meet and quarrel at Brussels. ...

                                               

1723 in literature

A new edition of Bernard Mandevilles The Fable of the Bees is presented as a nuisance by the Grand Jury of Middlesex in England. Voltaire contracts smallpox. The book collection of Samuel Pepys died 1703, including his Diary, is transferred to th ...

                                               

1724 in literature

August – Thomas Longman establishes the Longman publishing house in London. January – Andrew Michael Ramsay goes to Rome to tutor the two sons of James Francis Edward Stuart, Jacobite pretender to the British throne.

                                               

1731 in literature

October 23 – Fire at Ashburnham House in London damages the nationally-owned Cotton library, housed there at the time. The librarian, Dr Bentley, leaps from a window with the priceless Codex Alexandrinus under one arm. The original manuscripts of ...

                                               

1735 in literature

The Sublime Society of Beef Steaks is established by John Rich at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, London, as a dining club mainly for literary men. Jesuit scholar Jean-Baptiste Du Halde publishes Description Geographique, Historique, Chronologi ...

                                               

1772 in literature

September 12 – The Gottinger Hainbund of German poets is formed at a midnight ritual in an oaken grove. Thomas Paine produces his first published work, a political article entitled Case of the Officers of Excise. Gottfried August Burger obtains a ...

                                               

1782 in literature

August 18 – William Blake marries Catherine Boucher at St Marys Church, Battersea. In the same year, he meets his future patron, John Flaxman. October 10 – Sarah Siddons makes a triumphant return to the Drury Lane Theatre in London, in the title ...

                                               

1785 in literature

The Paris theater company Theatre des Varietes-Amusantes moves to a temporary new theater in the gardens of the Palais-Royal. January 1 The Daily Universal Register later The Times is first published, in London. May 22 – Robert Burns first child, ...

                                               

1788 in literature

May 10 – Swedens Royal Dramatic Theatre Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern is founded. May – Joseph Johnson and Thomas Christie found the radical Analytical Review in London.

                                               

1791 in literature

The Scottish poet and exciseman Robert Burns moves to Dumfries. The English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge begins his course at Jesus College, Cambridge. He marks his transfer from Christs Hospital school by composing the poem "On Quitting School". ...

                                               

1792 in literature

September 29 – The Theatre Royal, Dumfries opens as The Theatre. By the 21st century this will be the oldest working theatre in Scotland. July – Molieres body is exhumed for reburial in the Museum of French Monuments in Paris, having been origina ...

                                               

1793 in literature

June 1 – In the Reign of Terror in Paris, the Girondist Madame Roland is arrested for treason. She writes Appel à limpartiale posterite in prison before being guillotined on November 8. December 9 – New York Citys first daily newspaper, the Ameri ...

                                               

1794 in literature

May 12 – William Godwins novel Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams is published in London as an attack on tyrannical government, although its controversial original preface and ending are suppressed. The work also contains el ...

                                               

1795 in literature

The only known manuscript of The Tale of Igors Campaign is discovered in Russia. William Henry Ireland first displays his Shakespearean forgeries to the public. They will inspire a major controversy when published on 24 December dated 1796. Decem ...

                                               

1796 in literature

Caroline von Wolzogens novel Agnes von Lilien begins anonymous serialization in the monthly Die Horen, edited by her brother-in-law Friedrich Schiller. March 1 – Samuel Taylor Coleridge launches his periodical The Watchman ; it lasts for only ten ...

                                               

1797 in literature

October – Coleridge composes the poem Kubla Khan in an opium-induced dream, writing down only a fragment of it on waking. November – Wordsworth suggests to Coleridge the theme of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner on a walk in the Quantocks. Hatchar ...

                                               

1798 in literature

April 30 – Richard Cumberlands comedy The Eccentric Lover is first performed at the Covent Garden Theatre in London. September 18 – Lyrical Ballads, with a Few Other Poems by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge is first published anony ...

                                               

1799 in literature

Premieres of the second and third parts of Friedrich Schillers dramatic trilogy Wallenstein are performed at the Weimarer Hoftheater directed by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe April 20 – Wallensteins Tod Wallensteins Death as Wallenstein. January 30 ...

                                               

1800 in literature

January – Maria Edgeworths first extended work of fiction, Castle Rackrent, is published anonymously in London, variously regarded as the first historical novel, the first regional novel in English, the first Anglo-Irish novel, the first Big Hous ...

                                               

1801 in literature

April 2 – Battle of Copenhagen: In recognition of the English attack on Copenhagen, Adam Oehlenschlager produces his first dramatic sketch April the Second 1801. April 1 – A letter from "the author of Genie du christianisme François-Rene de Chate ...

                                               

1802 in literature

December 2–3 – Jane Austen accepts, then rejects, a proposal of marriage from Harris Bigg-Wither at his Hampshire home. April 15 – William and his sister Dorothy Wordsworth walk by Ullswater and see a belt of daffodils, which inspire his poem "I ...

                                               

1803 in literature

The library which becomes the National Szechenyi Library, established in 1802 by Count Ferenc Szechenyi, opens to the public in Pest, Hungary. September 9 – Bamberg State Library established in Upper Franconia. June 30 – Novelist Mary Butt marrie ...

                                               

1804 in literature

William Wordsworth writes the poem "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud". German Gerhard Bonnier begins a publishing business in Copenhagen Denmark by issuing Underfulde og sandfærdige kriminalhistorier, origin of the Swedish Bonnier Group. May – Samuel ...

                                               

1805 in literature

January–September – Samuel Taylor Coleridge serves as Acting Public Secretary in Malta. Early – Jacob Grimm is invited to Paris as an assistant to Friedrich Karl von Savigny. Uncertain dates The new Theatre Royal, Bath, opens in England, replacin ...

                                               

1806 in literature

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe completes a preliminary version of his Faust. Nolsoyar Pall completes his anti-Danish Fuglakvædi Ballad of the Birds, one of the first significant works in the Faroese language. Sir Roger Newdigate founds the Newdigate ...

                                               

1807 in literature

January 24 – Washington Irving launches the satirical magazine Salmagundi in New York City. July 13 – Heinrich von Kleist is released from prison in France. Charles Wiley founds a print shop in Manhattan, which eventually grows into the John Wile ...

                                               

1808 in literature

January 3 – The Examiner, "A Sunday paper, on politics, domestic economy, and theatricals", is established in London by John Hunt, edited by his brother Leigh Hunt. September 20 – The first Theatre Royal, Covent Garden in London, established in 1 ...

                                               

1809 in literature

September 18 – A new Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, London opens to replace the first, burnt down in 1808, with a performance of Macbeth. An increase in ticket prices causes the Old Price Riots, which last for 64 days, until the manager, John Phil ...

                                               

1810 in literature

February – The eccentric English amateur actor Robert Coates makes his debut in his favourite role, Romeo, at the Theatre Royal, Bath. Germaine de Staels study of Germany De lAllemagne is published in Paris but suppressed by order of Napoleon. Th ...

                                               

1811 in literature

June – Walter Scott buys a farm at Abbotsford, Scotland, and commences building his future residence, Abbotsford House. November 21 – German poet Heinrich von Kleist shoots his terminally ill lover Henriette Vogel and then himself, on the shore o ...

                                               

1812 in literature

June 24 to December 14 – French invasion of Russia, which will form the climax of Tolstoys 1869 novel War and Peace and feature in other works of literature. December 9–20 – Leigh Hunt is tried and convicted of libel for calling the Prince Regent ...

                                               

1813 in literature

October 2 – The Philomathean Society of the University of Pennsylvania is founded. It is the oldest continuously existing literary society in the United States. May 10 – The eccentric English amateur actor Robert Coates makes his London debut in ...

                                               

1814 in literature

July 7 – Walter Scotts Waverley, his first work of prose fiction and one of the major early historical novels in English, is published anonymously by Archibald Constable in Edinburgh. It sells out in two days. September 12 – 15 – Battle of Baltim ...

                                               

1815 in literature

May – First publication of the North American Review. April 7 – Lord Byron and Walter Scott meet for the first time, in the offices of publisher John Murray, 50 Albemarle Street in London. June 15 – The Duchess of Richmonds ball is held in Brusse ...

                                               

1816 in literature

May – Lady Caroline Lambs novel Glenarvon is the first book published independently by Henry Colburn in London. A roman à clef, it contains an unflattering portrait of her ex-lover Lord Byron in the rakish title character of Lord Glenarvon and pr ...

                                               

1817 in literature

February 12 – Junius Brutus Booth makes his stage debut in the title role of Shakespeares Richard III at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden in London. January 27 – March 18 – Jane Austen begins, but abandons her novel Sanditon "Three Brothers". Aug ...

                                               

1818 in literature

January – Samuel Taylor Coleridge delivers a series of lectures on poetry, drama and philosophy, beginning with Shakespeares Hamlet. January 1 – Mary Shelleys novel Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus first appears anonymously in London. Apri ...

                                               

1819 in literature

January 30 – Romney Literary Society is established as the Polemic Society of Romney, West Virginia. April – John Keats begins his "Great Year" or "Living Year", during which he is at his most productive, having given up work at Guys Hospital and ...

                                               

1820 in literature

November 20 – An 80-ton sperm whale attacks the Essex, a whaleship from Nantucket, Massachusetts, 2.000 miles off the western coast of South America. Herman Melvilles 1851 novel Moby-Dick is in part inspired by this story. April 22 – Walter Scott ...

                                               

1821 in literature

At about this date Sunthorn Phu is imprisoned and begins his epic poem Phra Aphai Mani. August 4 – Atkinson & Alexander publish The Saturday Evening Post for the first time as a weekly newspaper in the United States. In the first known obscenity ...

                                               

1822 in literature

March – The Noctes Ambrosianae, imaginary colloquies, begin to appear in Blackwoods Magazine Edinburgh. June 16 – Mary Shelley suffers a miscarriage. July 8 – The English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, returning from Livorno where he set up The Liber ...

                                               

1824 in literature

April – The United States Literary Gazette, a semi-monthly, begins publication. It publishes poetry by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and William Cullen Bryant, among many others. February 15 – Lord Byron falls ill at Missolonghi while taking part in ...

                                               

1825 in literature

February 19 – Franz Grillparzers Konig Ottokars Gluck und Ende The Fortune and Fall of King Ottokar, published 1823 is first performed, at the Burgtheater in Vienna, after Caroline Augusta, Empress of Austria, urges her husband Francis I of Austr ...

                                               

1826 in literature

February 6 Early months – Aftermath of the Decembrist revolt in the Russian Empire. Michael Lunin, though not involved in the Decembrist conspiracy, is arrested and deported to Siberia, which allows him to begin his work as a philosopher. Adam Mi ...

                                               

1827 in literature

April 16 – Nathaniel Willis Senior begins publishing a new magazine for children, The Youths Companion, in Boston, Massachusetts, weekly from June 6. One of the most enduring of its type, the magazine continues until 1929. October 14 – Ludwig Tie ...

                                               

1828 in literature

January – Thomas Dale becomes the first university professor of English language and literature, at the new London University. John Payne Collier produces a script of Punch and Judy. Nikolai Gogol leaves school and goes to Saint Petersburg. Febru ...

                                               

1829 in literature

January 29 – The first complete performance of Goethes Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy 1808, adapted by August Klingemann, in Braunschweig. October 29 – The English actress Fanny Kemble makes her stage debut as Juliet in Shakespeares Romeo a ...

                                               

1830 in literature

James Mill becomes head of the London office of the British East India Company. The famous opening line of Edward Bulwers anonymous novel, Paul Clifford, published this year, begins: "It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents - ex ...

                                               

1832 in literature

Johann Wolfgang von Goethes Faust: The Second Part of the Tragedy is published. March 31 – Taits Edinburgh Magazine is established by William Tait. May 21 – Washington Irving returns to the United States after living in Europe for seventeen years ...

                                               

1833 in literature

The first of the Bridgewater Treatises, examining science in relation to God, is published in England. February 16 – Victor Hugo and Juliette Drouet begin a fifty-year affair. Mrs Favell Lee Mortimers instructional text The Peep of Day, or, A ser ...

                                               

1835 in literature

May 8 – The first of Hans Christian Andersens 168 fantastic stories are published as Fairy Tales Told for Children. First Collection Eventyr, fortalte for Born by C. A. Reitzel in Copenhagen, including "The Tinderbox" "Fyrtoiet" and "The Princess ...

                                               

1836 in literature

September – The Flinders Island Chronicle is founded in Australia, the first newspaper produced by indigenous Australians. March 31 dated April – The first monthly part of The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens is issued in London. On April 20, t ...

                                               

1837 in literature

October 4 – Andreas Munchs first play, Kong Sverres Ungdom, opens the Christiania Theatre´s new building in Norway. The Little, Brown and Company publishing house opens its doors in Boston, Massachusetts. September – In Burtons Gentlemans Magazin ...

                                               

1839 in literature

January 21 – Åbo Svenska Teater in Åbo Turku, Finland, opens with a performance of the Swedish-language play Gubben i Bergsbygden. September – The first known London production of Loves Labours Lost after Shakespeares era opens at the Theatre Roy ...

                                               

1840 in literature

August 10 – Fortsas hoax: Bibliophiles gather in Binche, Belgium for an auction of 52 unique, meticulously catalogued books from the collection of the late Comte de Fortsas. The Count, the books and the auction all prove fictitious. July 6 – Nove ...

                                               

1841 in literature

July 17 – Punch magazine, founded in London by Henry Mayhew and engraver Ebenezer Landells, is edited by Mayhew and Mark Lemon. April 20 – Edgar Allan Poes short story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" appears in Grahams Magazine Philadelphia, wher ...

                                               

1843 in literature

January Serial publication begins of Charles Dickens picaresque novel The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit by Chapman & Hall in London. In the July chapters, he lands his hero in the United States. Edgar Allan Poes Gothic short story "The ...

                                               

1844 in literature

December 2 – Emily Bronte writes the poem "A Death-Scene". October – George W. M. Reynolds begins publication of the bestselling "penny dreadful" city mysteries series The Mysteries of London. March–July – Alexandre Dumas peres historical adventu ...

                                               

1845 in literature

Spring–Summer – The essays in Thomas de Quinceys Suspiria de Profundis appear in Blackwoods Magazine. December 30 – American actress Charlotte Cushman plays Romeo to her sister Susans Juliet, in a production of Romeo and Juliet at the Haymarket T ...

                                               

1846 in literature

Mary Howitts Wonderful Stories for Children is the first English translation of works by Hans Christian Andersen to be published in book format. November 21 – The String of Pearls: a Romance, probably written by James Malcolm Rymer and Thomas Pec ...

                                               

1847 in literature

March–April – Ivan Goncharovs debut novel A Common Story "Обыкновенная история", Obyknovennaya istorya is published in Sovremennik Saint Petersburg. January – Vanity Fair: Pen and Pencil Sketches of English Society begins serial publication in Pu ...

                                               

1849 in literature

April 22 – Fyodor Dostoyevsky and fellow members of the literary Petrashevsky Circle in Russia are arrested for expressing their progressive views. Sentenced to death on November 16 and facing a firing squad on December 23, he and some others are ...

                                               

1850 in literature

March 14 – Honore de Balzac marries Ewelina Hanska at Berdyczow. The marriage ends with his death only five months later. March – The weekly Household Words, "conducted by Charles Dickens," begins publication in London. July – William Wordsworths ...

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