1817 in literature
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The year 1817 in literature involved some significant new books, including Walter Scott's Rob Roy, Lord Byron's Manfred, Hegel's Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences, and the death of Jane Austen and posthumous publication of Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
- February 12 - Junius Brutus Booth makes his stage debut in a title role in Shakespeare's Richard III at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden in London.
- February 20 - Junius Brutus Booth as Iago plays opposite Edmund Kean in the title role of Othello at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London.
- August 6 - Gas lighting is introduced on stage in London's West End theatre by The English Opera House (extended to the auditorium on September 8). On September 6 it is introduced at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane (where it is already installed in the auditorium and foyer) and the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden (as a demonstration).
- December - Publication together of Jane Austen's first and last completed novels, respectively Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, by John Murray, dated 1818, six months after the author's death at Winchester. Her brother Henry Austen contributes a biographical note which for the first time publicly identifies her as the author of all her novels.
- J. & J. Harper publishing house is founded in New York City by James Harper and his brother John.
- Jane Austen - Northanger Abbey and Persuasion
- Selina Davenport - Woman's Privilege
- Maria Edgeworth - Harrington: a tale and Ormond: a tale
- Ann Hatton - Gonzalo de Baldivia
- Edward Moore - The Mysteries of Hungary
- Henrietta Rouviere Mosse - A Bride and No Wife
- Thomas Love Peacock - Melincourt.
- Anna Maria Porter - The Knight of St. John
- Walter Scott - Rob Roy
- Catherine Selden - Villa Santelle
- Elizabeth Thomas - Claudine, or Pertinacity
- Lord Byron - Manfred: A Dramatic Poem
- Thomas Moore - Lalla-Rookh: An Oriental Romance
- Percy Bysshe Shelley - Hymn to Intellectual Beauty
- Robert Southey - Wat Tyler: A Dramatic Poem
- Charles Wolfe - The Burial of Sir John Moore at Corunna
- Franz Xaver von Baader - Über die Extase oder das Verzücktsein der magnetischen Schlafredner
- Manuel Aires de Casal - Corografia Brasílica
- William Cobbett - Paper against Gold, the History and Mystery of the Bank of England
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Biographia Literaria
- William Hazlitt - Characters of Shakespear's Plays
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel - Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences
- David Ricardo - On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation
- Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley - History of a Six Weeks' Tour
- February 21 - José Zorrilla y Moral, Spanish poet and dramatist (died 1893)
- May 21 - Hermann Lotze, German philosopher (died 1881)
- July 12 - Henry David Thoreau, American poet and philosopher (died 1862)
- September 5 - Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Russian poet, dramatist and novelist (died 1875)
- September 14 - Theodor Storm, German novelist and poet (died 1888)
- December 31 - James Thomas Fields, American publisher (died 1881)
- March 23 - José Mariano Beristain, Mexican bibliographer (born 1756)
- April 25 - Joseph von Sonnenfels, Austrian novelist (born 1732)
- May 24 - Juan Meléndez Valdés, poet (born 1754)
- July 14 - Anne Louise Germaine de Stael, author (born 1766)
- July 18 - Jane Austen, novelist (born 1775)
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- "Theatres Compete in Race to Install Gas Illumination - 1817". Over The Footlights. Retrieved 2014-05-20.