1802 in literature
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The year 1802 in literature involved some significant events and new books.
- April 15 - William and Dorothy Wordsworth, walking by Ullswater, see a belt of daffodils which inspire his poem, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, first written two years later.
- April 19 - Joseph Grimaldi first presents his white-faced clown character "Joey", at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London.
- Summer - Adam Oehlenschläger writes at a sitting the poem "Guldhornene", introducing Romanticism into Danish poetry.
- September 3 - William Wordsworth's sonnet Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802 written.
- October 4 - William Wordsworth marries Mary Hutchinson at Brompton, Scarborough.
- October 10 - The reforming quarterly The Edinburgh Review is first published.
- November 13 - The first play in English to be explicitly called a melodrama ("melodrame") is performed in London, Thomas Holcroft's Gothic A Tale of Mystery (an unacknowledged translation of de Pixerécourt's Cœlina, ou, l'enfant du mystère) at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden.
- November 15 - Washington Irving makes his first appearance in print at age nineteen, submitting observational letters to the New York Morning Chronicle under the name Jonathan Oldstyle.
- December 2–3 - Jane Austen accepts, then rejects, a proposal of marriage from Harris Bigg-Wither at his Hampshire home.
- Henry Boyd completes the first full English translation of Dante's Divine Comedy.
- The first part of Jippensha Ikku's picaresque novel Tōkaidōchū Hizakurige (Shank's Mare) is published in Japan.
- François-René de Chateaubriand - René
- Elizabeth Craven - The Soldiers of Dierenstein
- John Gilchrist - Hindee Story Teller
- Elizabeth Gunning - The Farmer's Boy
- Jane Harvey - Warkfield Castle
- Rachel Hunter - The History of the Grubthorpe Family
- Isabella Kelly - The Baron's Daughter
- Francis Lathom - Astonishment!!!
- Mary Meeke
- Theodore Melville - The White Knight
- Susannah Oakes - The Rules of the Forest
- Mary Pilkington - The Accusing Spirit
- Anne Louise Germaine de Stael - Delphine
- Harriet Ventum - Justina
- Jane West - The Infidel Father
- Charles-Guillaume Étienne - Les Deux Mères
- Jeremy Bentham - Civil War and Penal Legislation
- Jacob Boehme - Les Trois Principes de l'Essence Divine (translated into French by Louis Claude de Saint-Martin)
- François-René de Chateaubriand - The Genius of Christianity
- John Debrett - first edition of Debrett's Peerage
- John Home - History of the Rebellion of 1745
- Malcolm Laing - History of Scotland from the Union of the Crowns to the Union of the Kingdoms
- Louis Claude de Saint-Martin - Le Ministére de l'homme-esprit
- Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling - Bruno oder über das göttliche und natürliche Prinzip der Dinge
- Daniel Webster - The Rights of Neutral Nations in Time of War
- January 9 - Catharine Parr Traill, English-Canadian memoirist and children's author (died 1899)
- February 11 - Lydia Maria Child, American abolitionist, activist, novelist, and journalist (died 1880)
- February 26 - Victor Hugo, novelist and poet (died 1885)
- June 2 - Karl Lehrs, classical scholar (died 1878)
- June 12 - Harriet Martineau, social theorist (died 1876)
- July 10 - Robert Chambers, Scottish writer, publisher (died 1871)
- July 24 - Alexandre Dumas, père, French novelist (died 1870)
- July 28 - Winthrop Mackworth Praed, English poet (died 1839)
- August 25 - Nikolaus Lenau, poet (died 1850)
- November 29 - Wilhelm Hauff, German poet and novelist (died 1827)
- December 8 - Alexander Odoevsky, Russian poet, one of the Decembrists (died 1839)
- December 23 - Sara Coleridge, poet and translator, daughter of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (died 1852)
- February 26 - Alexander Geddes, Scottish-born theologian (born 1737)
- April 18 - Erasmus Darwin, English poet and natural philosopher, grandfather of Charles Darwin (born 1731)
- June 5 - Johann Christian Gottlieb Ernesti, German classical scholar (born 1756)
- June 29 - Johann Jakob Engel, German teacher and writer (born 1741)
- August 10 - Franz Aepinus, German/Russian philosopher (born 1724)
- December 6 - Roger Kemble, English theatre manager and actor (born 1721)
- December 27 - Thomas Cadell, English bookseller and publisher (born 1742)
- date unknown - John Pope, American soldier and travel writer (born 1749)
- "Dorothy and the daffodils". Wordsworth Trust. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
- Uglow, Jenny (1 November 2009). "The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi by Andrew McConnell". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Edmund Gosse (1911). "Öhlenschläger, Adam Gottlob". In Chisholm, Hugh. Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- "Show me the horrid tenant of thy heart". THEA. Retrieved 2011-02-15.
- Sutherland, John; Fender, Stephen (2011). Love, Sex, Death & Words: Surprising Tales from a Year in Literature. London: Icon. p. 457. ISBN 978-184831-247-0.