1795 in literature
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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1795.
- February–June – Samuel Taylor Coleridge offers a series of lectures on politics and religion in Bristol (England), as does his friend Robert Southey.
- May 27 (May 16 O.S.) – Empress Catherine the Great establishes the Imperial Public Library in Saint Petersburg, predecessor of the National Library of Russia. The core of the collection comprises books looted the previous year from the Załuski Library in Warsaw.
- August 21–September 26 – William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy stay at 7 Great George Street, Bristol, during which time they meet Coleridge, Southey and the latter poets' publisher Joseph Cottle.
- October 4 – Coleridge marries Sara Fricker at St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. On November 14, Southey marries Sara's sister Edith in the same church.
- December – Charles Lamb begins a six-week spell in a mental asylum.
- William Henry Ireland first displays his Shakespearean forgeries to the public. They will inspire a major controversy when published on 24 December (dated 1796).
- First known Bengali language play staged, the comedy Kalpanik sangbadal ba sajbadal (adapted from the English "The Disguise") at the Bengali Theatre.
- Archibald Constable starts in business for himself as a dealer in rare books in Edinburgh, origin of the British publishing business which enters the 21st century as Constable & Robinson.
- Jane Austen – Lady Susan (unpublished)
- Richard Cumberland – Henry
- William Gifford – The Maeviad
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship (Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre)
- Frances Margaretta Jacson (anonymously) – Plain Sense
- Marquis de Sade
- Thomas Spence – Spensonia
- Dorothy Kilner – The Village School
- Priscilla Wakefield – Juvenile Anecdotes, Founded on Facts (2nd volume 1798)
- Frances Burney – Edwy and Elgiva
- Richard Cumberland – First Love
- Marquis de Sade – Philosophy in the Bedroom (La Philosophie dans le boudoir)
- William Blake – Prophetic books:
- Ann Batten Cristall – Poetical Sketches
- William Drennan – Erin
- Joseph Ritson (ed.) – Robin Hood: A Collection of all the Ancient Poems
- Marquis de Condorcet (died in prison 1794) – Sketch for a Historical Picture of the Progress of the Human Mind
- Hannah More – The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain
- Philip Yorke – Tracts of Powys
- January 15 – Alexander Griboyedov, Russian diplomat and playwright (massacred 1829)
- April 17 – Emily Taylor, English author, poet and hymnist (died 1872)
- May 26 – Thomas Talfourd, English lawyer and legal writer (died 1854)
- June 13 – Thomas Arnold, English educator and historian (died 1842)
- September 7 – John William Polidori, English physician and fantasy writer (died 1821)
- September 29 (September 18 O.S.) – Kondraty Ryleyev, Russian poet and revolutionary (hanged 1826)
- October 14 – Robert Vaughan, English historian and religious writer (died 1868)
- October 31 – John Keats, English Romantic poet (died 1821)
- December 4 – Thomas Carlyle, Scottish satirist, essayist and historian (died 1881)
- February 11 – Carl Michael Bellman, Swedish poet (born 1740)
- February 22 – Alexander Gerard, Scottish philosopher (born 1728)
- May 19 – James Boswell, Scottish biographer of Samuel Johnson (born 1740)
- September 30 – Susannah Dobson, English translator from French (birth year unknown)
- October 8 – Andrew Kippis, English biographer (born 1725)
- October 10 – Francesco Antonio Zaccaria, Italian theologian and historian (born 1714)
- December 18 – Moritz Hohenbaum van der Meer, Swiss Benedictine historian (born 1718)
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- Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature, vol. 2.
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