1882 in literature
This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1882.
- January 2 – Oscar Wilde arrives in the United States for an extended lecture tour sponsored by Richard D'Oyly Carte. He poses for iconic photographs in Napoleon Sarony's Manhattan studio.
- April 9 – English poet and artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti dies aged 53 of Bright's disease at Birchington-on-Sea in the care of his brother, the critic William Michael Rossetti.
- April 29–May 6 (O. S.: April 17–24) – Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu reads out his Luceafărul in two successive meetings of Junimea club, at Iași. The poem, on which he had been working since 1873, is his final major work before his mental health declines sharply, requiring his hospitalization in Oberdöbling; it will be published in April 1883.
- May 20 – World première of Henrik Ibsen's controversial play Ghosts (Gengangere; 1881) in Norwegian in Chicago.
- June 2 – English language première of Ibsen's play A Doll's House (1879) as The Child Wife in Milwaukee.
- December – Karl May (as Captain Ramon Diaz de la Escosura) begins publication of Das Waldröschen in instalments.
- Publication in Delhi of the first original novel in Hindi, Pariksha guru (Parīkṣāguru, "Experience is the Only Teacher") by Srinivas Das (Śrīnivāsdās).
- F. Anstey – Vice Versa
- Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly – The Story Without a Name
- Walter Besant – The Revolt of Man
- Rolf Boldrewood – Robbery Under Arms (serialization in The Sydney Mail begins, July)
- Félicien Champsaur – Dinah Samuel
- Bankim Chatterjee – Anandmath
- Wilkie Collins – After Dark (short stories)
- Gabriele D'Annunzio – Terra vergine (short stories)
- Etonensis (George Augustus Sala and James Campbell Reddie) – The Mysteries of Verbena House, or, Miss Bellasis Birched for Thieving
- Theodor Fontane – L'Adultera (The Adulteress)
- Ludovic Halévy – The Abbot Constantine
- Richard Jefferies – Bevis
- Alexander Kielland – Skipper Worse
- George Bernard Shaw – Cashel Byron's Profession
- Robert Louis Stevenson – The New Arabian Nights
- Frank R. Stockton – "The Lady, or the Tiger?" (short story in The Century Magazine, November)
- Torfhildur Þorsteinsdóttir (Hólm) – Brynjólfur Sveinsson biskup
- Anthony Trollope – The Fixed Period
- Gleb Uspensky – The Power of the Land («Власть земли», in Otechestvennye Zapiski, 1–2, and book publication)
- Jules Verne
Children and young people
- R. D. Blackmore – Christowell
- Mrs. W. K. Clifford – Anyhow Stories, Moral and Otherwise
- Ouida – Bimbi: Stories for Children
- Mark Twain – The Prince and the Pauper
- Manilal Dwivedi – Kanta
- José Echegaray – Conflicto entre dos deberes (Conflict of Duties)
- Victor Hugo – Torquemada
- Henrik Ibsen – An Enemy of the People (En folkefiende)
- Victorien Sardou – Fédora
- R. L. Stevenson and W. E. Henley – Deacon Brodie
- Jules Verne – Journey Through the Impossible (Voyage à travers l'impossible)
- Henri-Frédéric Amiel (died 1881) – Journal intime
- Hall Caine – Recollections of Rossetti
- Ignatius L. Donnelly – Atlantis: The Antediluvian World
- William Morris – Hopes and Fears for Art
- Friedrich Nietzsche – The Gay Science (Die fröhliche Wissenschaft)
- Theodore Roosevelt – The Naval War of 1812
- January 10 – Olive Higgins Prouty, American novelist (died 1974)
- January 18 – A. A. Milne, English children's writer and novelist (died 1956)
- January 25 – Virginia Woolf, English novelist (died 1941)
- February 1 – Cicely Fox Smith, English poet and nautical writer (died 1954)
- February 2 – James Joyce, Irish novelist and poet (died 1941)
- March 5 – Henry S. Whitehead, American author (died 1932)
- May 20 – Sigrid Undset, Norwegian author (died 1949)
- May 28 – Avery Hopwood, American playwright (died 1928)
- May 30 – Ivan Sokolov-Mikitov, Russian novelist (died 1975)
- September 12 – Ion Agârbiceanu, Austro-Hungarian-born Romanian writer (died 1963)
- October 28 – Richard Barham Middleton, English poet and fiction writer (died 1911)
- November 2 – Leo Perutz, Austrian-born novelist and mathematician (died 1957)
- November 24 – E. R. Eddison, English fantasy author (died 1945)
- December 13 – André Billy, French author (died 1971)
- January 3 – William Harrison Ainsworth, English historical novelist (born 1805)
- January 6 – Richard Henry Dana, Jr., American novelist and politician (born 1815)
- March 24 – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet (born 1807)
- April 10 – Dante Gabriel Rossetti, English poet and painter (Bright's disease, born 1828)
- April 27 – Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet, essayist and philosopher (born 1803)
- June 14 – Thomas Cautley Newby, English publisher (born c.1797)
- June 30 – Charles J. Guiteau, American writer and lawyer, assassin of United States President James A. Garfield (born 1841)
- August 1 – Henry Kendall, Australian poet (born 1839)
- October 13 – Arthur de Gobineau, French novelist (born 1816)
- December 6 – Anthony Trollope, English novelist (born 1815)
- Cooper, John. "Oscar Wilde's 1882 American Lecture Tour". Oscar Wilde in America. Archived from the original on 2013-09-29. Retrieved 2013-09-22.
- Cooper, John. "Sarony Photographs of Oscar Wilde". Oscar Wilde in America. Retrieved 2014-11-15.
- Letter of W. M. Rossetti to his wife Lucy. Peattie, Roger W., ed. (1990). Selected Letters of William Michael Rossetti. Pennsylvania State University. p. 413.
- Perpessicius (2001). Studii eminesciene. Bucharest: Museum of Romanian Literature. pp. 104, 200, 207–210, 217–219, 232–233, 241–242, 246, 262, 265, 273, 276–278, 297, 353, 382–383, 388. ISBN 973-8031-34-6.
- "English first performances". Ibsen.net. 2004-05-12. Retrieved 2013-02-08.
- "Karl-May-Gesellschaft". Archived from the original on December 19, 2010. Retrieved 2013-01-01.
- Kalsi, A. S. (1992). "Parīkṣāguru (1882): The First Hindi Novel and the Hindu Elite". Modern Asian Studies. Cambridge University Press. 26: 763–790. doi:10.1017/S0026749X00010064. JSTOR 312939.
- Peattie, Roger W., ed. (1990). Selected Letters of William Michael Rossetti. Pennsylvania State University. p. 413.