1836 in literature
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The year 1836 in literature involved some significant new books.
- March 31 (dated April) - The first monthly part of The Pickwick Papers with text by Charles Dickens is issued in London. On April 20, the original illustrator, Robert Seymour, shoots himself and Dickens has more freedom to develop the story in his own way.
- April 2 - Dickens marries Catherine Hogarth at St Luke's Church, Chelsea (London), and they honeymoon at Chalk, Kent.
- April 19 - Nikolai Gogol's satire The Government Inspector (Ревизор) is premièred at the Alexandra Theatre in Saint Petersburg before the Emperor Nicholas I of Russia and first published in the city.
- September - The Flinders Island Chronicle is founded in Australia, the first newspaper produced by indigenous Australians.
- December - Charles Dickens first meets his lifelong friend, the biographer and critic John Forster, in London.
- The Russian literary, social and political quarterly Sovremennik (Современник, literally The Contemporary), edited by Alexander Pushkin, begins publication in Saint Petersburg. It publishes Fyodor Tyutchev's poetry and the fourth issue contains Pushkin's historical novel The Captain's Daughter.
- The first printed literature in Assyrian Neo-Aramaic is produced by Justin Perkins, an American Presbyterian missionary in Persia.
- German writer Georg Büchner's dissertation on the common barbel (fish), Barbus barbus, "Mémoire sur le Système Nerveux du Barbeaux (Cyprinus barbus L.)" is published in Paris and Strasbourg. In October, after receiving his doctorate, he is appointed by the University of Zurich as a lecturer in anatomy.
- Hans Christian Andersen - O.T.
- Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk, or, The Hidden Secrets of a Nun's Life in a Convent Exposed (January)
- Honoré de Balzac -
- Alfred de Musset - La Confession d'un Enfant du Siècle ("The Confession of a Child of the Century")
- Charles Dickens - The Pickwick Papers
- William Nugent Glascock - Tales of a Tar, with characteristic Anecdotes
- Washington Irving - Astoria
- Frederick Marryat
- Alexander Pushkin - The Captain's Daughter (Капитанская дочка, Kapitanskaya dochka)
- Nathaniel Beverley Tucker
- Georg Büchner - Leonce and Lena
New Short Stories
- Ralph Waldo Emerson - Nature
- William Nugent Glascock - Naval Service, or Officers' Manual
- Washington Irving - Astoria
- Søren Kierkegaard - On the Polemic of Fædrelandet
- G. W. M. Reynolds - Grace Darling
- Arthur Schopenhauer - Über den Willen in der Natur ("On the Will in Nature")
- Catharine Parr Traill - The Backwoods of Canada
- January 27 - Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, writer (died 1895)
- August 25 - Bret Harte, American author (died 1902)
- September 11 - Fitz Hugh Ludlow, American author (died 1870)
- November 11 - Thomas Bailey Aldrich, poet and novelist (died 1870)
- November 18 - W. S. Gilbert, British humorist, playwright and librettist (died 1911)
- March 9 - Antoine Destutt de Tracy, French philosopher (born 1754)
- April 7 - William Godwin, political writer and novelist (born 1756)
- September 5 – Ferdinand Raimund, Austrian playwright (born 1790)
- September 12 – Christian Dietrich Grabbe, German playwright (born 1801)
- November 5 - Karel Hynek Mácha, Czech poet (born 1810)
- December 1 - Jozef Ignác Bajza, Slovak satirist (born 1755)