1821 in literature
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The year 1821 in literature involved some significant events.
- August 4 - Atkinson & Alexander publish The Saturday Evening Post for the first time as a weekly newspaper in the United States.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley's Queen Mab: a philosophical poem (1813) is distributed by an unauthorized publisher in London leading to prosecution by the Society for the Prevention of Vice.
- In the first known obscenity case in the United States, a Massachusetts court outlaws the John Cleland novel Fanny Hill (1748). The publisher, Peter Holmes, is convicted for printing a "lewd and obscene" novel.
- At about this date Sunthorn Phu is imprisoned and begins his epic poem Phra Aphai Mani.
- James Fenimore Cooper - The Spy
- Thomas De Quincey - Confessions of an English Opium Eater
- Pierce Egan - Real Life in London
- John Galt
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Wilhelm Meister's Journeyman Years (German: Wilhelm Meisters Wanderjahre)
- I. M. H. Hales - Talisman, a Tale of Mystery
- Ann Hatton - Lovers and Friends
- C. D. Haynes - The Spectre of St. Michael's
- Hannah Maria Jones – Gretna Green
- Thomas H. Marshall - The Irish Necromancer
- Charles Nodier - Smarra
- Thomas Love Peacock - Maid Marian
- Anna Maria Porter - The Village of Mariendorpt
- Jane Porter - The Scottish Chiefs
- Sir Walter Scott - Kenilworth
- George Grote - Statement of the Question of Parliamentary Reform
- William Hazlitt - Table-Talk
- James Mill - Elements of Political Economy
- John Roberton - Kalogynomia, or the Laws of Female Beauty
- Robert Southey - Life of Cromwell
- March 19 - Richard Francis Burton, polymath (died 1890)
- April 9 - Charles Baudelaire, French poet (died 1867)
- October 30 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Russian novelist (died 1881)
- November 28 - Nikolai Alekseevich Nekrasov, Russian poet, writer, critic and publisher (died 1877)
- December 6 - Dora Greenwell, poet (died 1882)
- December 12 - Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (died 1880)
- January 14 - Jens Zetlitz, Norwegian poet (born 1761)
- February 23 - John Keats, poet (born 1795; tuberculosis)
- February 26 - Joseph de Maistre, Savoyard philosopher (born 1753)
- March 17 - Louis-Marcelin de Fontanes, French poet (born 1757)
- May 2 - Hester Thrale, diarist and friend of Dr Samuel Johnson (born 1741)
- May 22 - Johann Georg Heinrich Feder, German philosopher (born 1740)
- August 1 - Elizabeth Inchbald, novelist and dramatist (born 1753)