1799 in literature
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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1799.
- Premieres of the second and third parts of Friedrich Schiller's dramatic trilogy Wallenstein at the Weimarer Hoftheater directed by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
- April 13 – The father of Charles and Mary Lamb dies; Charles becomes guardian of his sister.
- December 20 – William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy first take up residence at Dove Cottage, Grasmere. William completes the first version of The Prelude this year.
- New edition of Edward Young's Night Thoughts, illustrated by Thomas Stothard.
- The Monthly Magazine and American Review starts publication in the United States, edited by Charles Brockden Brown.
- Anonymous – Village Orphan
- Charles Brockden Brown
- Thomas Campbell – The Pleasures of Hope
- Elizabeth Gunning – The Gipsey Countess
- Mary Hays – The Victim of Prejudice
- Friedrich Hölderlin – Hyperion, vol. 2
- William Henry Ireland – The Abbess
- Jane West – A Tale of the Times
- Mary Julia Young – The East Indian
- François Guillaume Ducray-Duminil – Les Cinquante Francs de Jeannette (Jeanette's Fifty Francs)
- Edward Augustus Kendall
- The Crested Wren. A Tale
- The Canary Bird. A moral fiction interspersed with poetry
- Dorothy Kilner (as M. Pelham) – Rational Brutes, or Talking Animals
- Hannah More – Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education
- Lady Charlotte Murray – The British Garden
- Philip Yorke – The Royal Tribes of Wales
- February 4 – Thomas Kibble Hervey, Scottish-born poet and critic (died 1859)
- March – Dorothea Tieck, German translator (died 1841)
- March 12 – Mary Howitt, English writer, poet and translator (died 1888)
- March 13 – Maria Dorothea Dunckel, Swedish poet, translator and dramatist (died 1878)
- April 17 – Eliza Acton, English poet and cookery writer (died 1859)
- May 20 – Honoré de Balzac, French novelist (died 1850)
- May 23 – Thomas Hood, English poet (died 1845)
- May 26 – Aleksandr Pushkin, Russian dramatist and poet (died 1837)
- October 9 – Louisa Stuart Costello Irish writer on travel and history (died 1870)
- November 29 – Amos Bronson Alcott, American writer, philosopher, and reformer (died 1888)
- December 30 – John Moultrie, English poet and hymnist (died 1874)
- February 19 – Jean-Charles de Borda, French engineer and memoirist (born 1733)
- February 24 – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, German satirist (born 1742)
- April 24 – William Seward, English man of letters (born 1747)
- May 18 – Pierre Beaumarchais, French dramatist (born 1732)
- August 30 – Eleonora Fonseca Pimentel, Italian poet and revolutionary (executed, born 1751)
- Courtney, Winifred A. (1982). Young Charles Lamb, 1775-1802. London: Macmillan. p. 240. ISBN 0-333-31534-0. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
- Burt, Daniel S., ed. (2004). The Chronology of American Literature: America's literary achievements from the colonial era to modern times. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-618-16821-7.