1846 in literature
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This article contains information about the literary events and publications of 1846.
- January 3 – The American author Edgar Allan Poe issues the final edition of the Broadway Journal, a journal he owned for just a few months.
- January 15 – Fyodor Dostoevsky's first original novel, Poor Folk (Бедные люди, Bednye Lyudi), is published in the St. Petersburg Collection.
- January 21 – The Daily News, edited by Charles Dickens, first appears in London. After 17 issues Dickens hands over as editor to his friend John Forster. It continues until 1930.
- April – Poe's essay "The Philosophy of Composition" is published in Graham's Magazine.
- c. May 22 – The Brontë sisters' first published work, the collection Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell, appears in London. It sells only two copies in the first year.
- June 27 – Charlotte Brontë completes the manuscript of her novel The Professor. It is offered to several publishers during the year but rejected.
- August 15 – The Scott Monument to Sir Walter Scott in Edinburgh (Scotland) is inaugurated.
- September 12 – The poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning marry privately in St Marylebone Parish Church, London, and depart for the continent a week later.
- October 1 – Serial publication of Charles Dickens's Dombey and Son begins.
- November 21 – The String of Pearls: a Romance, probably written by James Malcolm Rymer and Thomas Peckett Prest, begins serialization in Britain. This is the first literary appearance of Sweeney Todd.
- unknown dates
- Honoré de Balzac – Cousin Bette (La Cousine Bette)
- Edward Bulwer-Lytton – The Children of the Night
- James Fenimore Cooper – The Redskins
- Charles Dickens
- Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Alexandre Dumas, père
- Le Chevalier de Maison-Rouge (The Knight of the Maison-Rouge: A Novel of Marie Antoinette)
- The Count of Monte Cristo (Le Comte de Monte-Cristo, serialization concluded; first English translation)
- La Dame de Montsoreau
- Mémoires d'un médecin: Joseph Balsamo ("Memoirs of a Physician: vol. 1, Joseph Balsamo")
- Dmitry Grigorovich – The Village (Деревня, Derevnya)
- Nathaniel Hawthorne – Mosses from an Old Manse
- Mór Jókai – Weekdays (Hétköznapok)
- Frederick Marryat – The Privateersman
- Herman Melville – Typee
- George Sand – La Mare au diable (The Devil's Pond)
- Paul Bocage – Échec et mat
- Carolina Coronado – El cuadro de la esperanza
- Gustav Freytag – Die Valentine
- Eugène Marin Labiche and Auguste Lefranc – Frisette
- Martins Pena – first performances
- A Barriga do Meu Tio
- Os Ciúmes de um Pedestre, ou O Terrível Capitão do Mato
- As Desgraças de uma Criança
- Os Meirinhos
- Um Segredo de Estado
- O Usurário
- Joseph Isidore Samson – La Famille poisson
- Gottfried Keller – Gedichte (Poems)
- Edward Lear – Book of Nonsense
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – The Belfry of Bruges
- Mary Anne Atwood (as Θυος Μαθος) – Early Magnetism in its Higher Relations to Humanity
- Charles Dickens – Pictures from Italy
- F. W. Fairholt – Costume in England
- George Grote – A History of Greece (publication begins)
- George W. Johnson – A Dictionary of Gardening
- Søren Kierkegaard – Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments (Afsluttende uvidenskabelig Efterskrift til de philosophiske Smuler)
- David Strauss – The Life of Jesus, Critically Examined, translated by George Eliot from Das Leben Jesu, kritisch bearbeitet
- Theodor Waitz – Grundlegung der Psychologie (Foundation of Psychology)
- William Whewell – Elements of Morality
- March 17 – Kate Greenaway, English book illustrator and writer (died 1901)
- March 25 – Helen Zimmern, German-born English writer and translator (died 1934)
- April 4 – Comte de Lautreamont (pen name of Isidore Lucien Ducasse), Uruguayan-born French poet and writer (died 1870)
- April 24 – Marcus Clarke, Australian novelist and poet (died 1881)
- May 5 – Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish novelist (died 1916)
- May 25 – Naim Frashëri, Albanian poet (died 1900)
- June 30 – Frances Margaret Milne, Irish-born American author and librarian (died 1910)
- July 5 – Christian Reid (pen name of Frances Christine Fisher Tiernan), American author (died 1920)
- August 2 – Lucy Clifford (née Lucy Lane), English novelist, dramatist and screenwriter (died 1929)
- August 5
- October 1 – John Cadvan Davies, Welsh poet and Wesleyan Methodist minister (died 1923)
- October 21 – Edmondo De Amicis, Italian novelist, journalist, poet and short-story writer (died 1908)
- unknown date – Mary Foot Seymour, American businesswoman and writer (died 1893)
- January 6 – Lewis Goldsmith, Anglo-French journalist (born c. 1763)
- February 9 – Henry Gally Knight, English writer and traveler (born 1786)
- March 10 – Harriette Wilson, English memoirist (born 1786)
- June 24 – Jan Frans Willems, Flemish poet and political activist (born 1793)
- July 12 – Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna, English novelist (born 1790)
- September 4 – Victor-Joseph Étienne de Jouy, French dramatist (born 1764)
- November 23 – George Darley, Irish poet, novelist, and critic (born 1795)
- December 13 – Pasquale Galluppi, Italian philosopher (born 1770)
- Arthur Hobson Quinn (25 November 1997). Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography. JHU Press. p. 494. ISBN 978-0-8018-5730-0.
- Dawn B. Sova (2007). Critical Companion to Edgar Allan Poe: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work. Infobase Publishing. p. 426. ISBN 978-1-4381-0842-1.
- Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6.
- Alexander, Christine; Smith, Margaret (2006). The Oxford Companion to the Brontës. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-866218-1.
- "Scott Monument". AboutBritain. Archived from the original on 2 May 2013. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
- Peter France (2000). The Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation. Oxford University Press. p. 109. ISBN 978-0-19-818359-4.
- Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 268–269. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.
- Edward Tegla Davies. "Davies, John Cadvan". Dictionary of Welsh Biography. National Library of Wales. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
- Anne Commire; Deborah Klezmer (2002). Women in World History: Schu-Sui. Yorkin Publications. p. 168. ISBN 978-0-7876-4073-6.
- Wilson, Frances. The Courtesan's Revenge: The Life of Harriette Wilson, the Woman Who Blackmailed the King.
- Pichois, Claude. "Pour une biographie d'Étienne Jouy", Revue des sciences humaines (April–June 1965:227–252; given a synopsis in Furman, N., La Revue Des Deux Mondes Et Le Romantisme (1831–1848) 1974:12 note 5.
- College rhymes, contributed by members of the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. 1868. p. 6.