1791 in literature
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This is a list of literature-related events in 1791.
- May 16 - James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson is published in 2 volumes in London on the 28th anniversary of their first meeting.
- Chinese writer and publisher Gao E and his partner Cheng Weiyan claim to have discovered Cao Xueqin's lost novel Dream of the Red Chamber and it is printed for the first time.
- Scottish poet and exciseman Robert Burns moves to Dumfries.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge begins his course at Jesus College, Cambridge, marking his transfer from Christ's Hospital school by composition of the poem "On Quitting School".
- Elizabeth Inchbald - A Simple Story
- Ann Radcliffe - The Romance of the Forest
- Susanna Rowson - Charlotte, a Tale of Truth
- Marquis de Sade - Justine ou Les Malheurs de la vertu
- Charlotte Turner Smith - Celestina
Main article: 1791 in poetry
- James Boswell - Life of Samuel Johnson
- Olympe de Gouges - Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen
- Isaac D'Israeli - Curiosities of Literature (vol. 1)
- Thomas Paine - Rights of Man (part 1)
- January 15 - Franz Grillparzer, Austrian dramatist (died 1872)
- March 15 - Charles Knight, publisher and author (died 1873)
- July 5 - Samuel Bailey, English philosopher and author (died 1870)
- August 17 - Richard Lalor Sheil, Irish politician, author and orator (died 1851)
- September 21 - István Széchenyi, Hungarian politician and writer (died 1860)
- October 26 - Charles Sprague, early American poet (died 1875)
- December 24 - Eugène Scribe, French dramatist (died 1861)
- January 11 - William Williams Pantycelyn, hymn-writer and poet (born 1717)
- March 2 - John Wesley, preacher and writer (born 1703)
- April 2 - Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau, French revolutionary and writer (born 1749)
- April 19 - Richard Price, philosopher (born 1723)
- June 12 - Francis Grose, antiquary and lexicographer (b. c. 1730)
- June 30 - Jean-Baptiste Descamps, French writer and painter (born 1714)
- July 2 - Søren Abildgaard, Danish naturalist and writer (born 1718)
- November 22 - Johann Silberschlag, German theologian (born 1721)