1836 in literature
This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1836.
- March 31 (dated April) – The first monthly part of The Pickwick Papers with text by Charles Dickens is issued in London. On April 20, the original illustrator, Robert Seymour, shoots himself and Dickens has more freedom to develop the story in his own way.
- April 2 – Dickens marries Catherine Hogarth at St Luke's Church, Chelsea (London), and they honeymoon at Chalk, Kent.
- April 19 – Nikolai Gogol's satire The Government Inspector (Ревизор) is premièred at the Alexandra Theatre in Saint Petersburg before the Emperor Nicholas I of Russia and first published in the city.
- September – The Flinders Island Chronicle is founded in Australia, the first newspaper produced by indigenous Australians.
- November 6 – Czech romantic poet Karel Hynek Mácha, having overexerted himself while helping put out a fire, dies just short of his 26th birthday of pneumonia in Litoměřice; his burial (in a pauper's grave) is held on the day of his intended wedding to Eleonora Šomková about a month after the birth of their child.
- December – Charles Dickens first meets his lifelong friend, the biographer and critic John Forster, in London.
- The Russian literary, social and political quarterly Sovremennik (Современник, literally The Contemporary), edited by Alexander Pushkin, begins publication in Saint Petersburg. It publishes Fyodor Tyutchev's poetry and the fourth issue contains Pushkin's historical novel The Captain's Daughter (Капитанская дочка, Kapitanskaya dochka).
- The first printed literature in Assyrian Neo-Aramaic is produced by Justin Perkins, an American Presbyterian missionary in Persia.
- German writer Georg Büchner's dissertation on the common barbel (fish), Barbus barbus, "Mémoire sur le Système Nerveux du Barbeaux (Cyprinus barbus L.)" is published in Paris and Strasbourg. In October, after receiving his doctorate, he is appointed by the University of Zurich as a lecturer in anatomy.
- Hans Christian Andersen – O. T.
- Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk, or, The Hidden Secrets of a Nun's Life in a Convent Exposed (January)
- Honoré de Balzac
- Alfred de Musset – La Confession d'un enfant du siècle (The Confession of a Child of the Century)
- Charles Dickens – The Pickwick Papers
- Théophile Gautier – "La Morte amoureuse" (short story)
- Louis Geoffroy – Histoire de la Monarchie universelle: Napoléon et la conquête du monde (1812–1832)
- William Nugent Glascock – Tales of a Tar, with characteristic Anecdotes
- Nikolai Gogol
- Thomas Chandler Haliburton – The Clockmaker
- Washington Irving – Astoria
- Alexander Pushkin – The Captain's Daughter
- X. B. Saintine – Picciola
- Nathaniel Beverley Tucker
- George Balcombe
- The Partisan Leader
- Letitia Elizabeth Landon – Traits and Trials of Early Life
- Frederick Marryat
- Japhet, in Search of a Father
- Mr Midshipman Easy
- The Pirate
- The Three Cutters
- Agnes Strickland – Tales and Stories From History
- Robert Browning – "Porphyria's Lover"
- Girolamo de Rada – Këngët e Milosaos
- Oliver Wendell Holmes – Poems
- Andreas Munch – Ephemerer
- Ralph Waldo Emerson – Nature
- William Nugent Glascock – Naval Service, or Officers' Manual
- Washington Irving – Astoria
- Søren Kierkegaard – On the Polemic of Fædrelandet
- Claude François Lallemand – Des Pertes séminales involuntaires (On involuntary seminal losses, 3 vols, to 1842)
- A. W. N. Pugin – Contrasts
- G. W. M. Reynolds – Grace Darling
- Arthur Schopenhauer – Über den Willen in der Natur (On the Will in Nature)
- Catharine Parr Traill – The Backwoods of Canada
- January 27 – Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Austrian writer (died 1895)
- February 17 – Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Spanish Andalusian poet and short-story writer (died 1870)
- March 4 – Matilda Betham-Edwards, English novelist, poet and travel writer (died 1919)
- August 25 – Bret Harte, American author (died 1902)
- September 11 – Fitz Hugh Ludlow, American author (died 1870)
- November 11 – Thomas Bailey Aldrich, American poet and novelist (died 1870)
- November 18 – W. S. Gilbert, English humorist, playwright and librettist (died 1911)
- February 5 – Dorothy Kilner, English children's writer (born 1755)
- March 5 – William Taylor, English man of letters (born 1765)
- March 9 – Antoine Destutt de Tracy, French philosopher (born 1754)
- April 7 – William Godwin, English political writer and novelist (born 1756)
- September 5 – Ferdinand Raimund, Austrian playwright (born 1790)
- September 6 – Louisa Gurney Hoare, English diarist and writer on education (born 1784)
- September 12 – Christian Dietrich Grabbe, German playwright (born 1801)
- November 6 – Karel Hynek Mácha, Czech poet (born 1810)
- December 1 – Jozef Ignác Bajza, Slovak satirist (born 1755)
- Unknown date
- Schlicke, Paul, ed. (2011). The Oxford Companion to Charles Dickens (Anniversary ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-964018-8.
- Papers of George Augustus Robinson, ML A7073, vol. 52, part 4. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales.
- Vašák, Pavel (2007). Šifrovaný deník Karla Hynka Máchy. Prague. ISBN 978-80-7304-083-3.
- "William Godwin - British philosopher". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 29 December 2016.