1837 in literature
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The year 1837 in literature involved some significant literary events and new books.
- February 19 - German writer Georg Büchner (born 1813) dies of typhus in Zurich leaving his play Woyzeck unfinished.
- June 16 - Charles Dickens is first introduced to the actor William Macready by John Forster backstage at a rehearsal of Othello.
- July - English "peasant poet" John Clare first enters an asylum for the insane, at High Beach in Essex.
- September - In Burton's Gentleman's Magazine (Philadelphia), William Evans Burton publishes an early example of the detective story, "The Secret Cell", featuring a London police officer and his wife.
- October - First publication of the The United States Magazine and Democratic Review.
- Andreas Munch's first play, Kong Sverres Ungdom, is written for the opening of the Christiania Theatre´s new building in Norway.
- The Little, Brown and Company publishing house opens its doors in Boston, Massachusetts.
- W. Harrison Ainsworth - Crichton
- Hans Christian Andersen
- Honoré de Balzac
- Robert Montgomery Bird - Nick of the Woods
- Sara Coleridge - Phantasmion
- Hendrik Conscience - In 't Wonderjaar 1566
- Charles Dickens
- Benjamin Disraeli
- Phillipe-Ignace François Aubert du Gaspé - L'influence d'un livre
- Lady Mary Fox - An Account of an Expedition to the Interior of New Holland
- Jeremias Gotthelf - Bauernspiegel
- Julia Kavanagh - Adele
- Frederick Marryat - Snarleyyow
- Catharine Maria Sedgwick - Live and Let Live
- Mary Shelley - Falkner
- Robert Southey - "The Story of the Three Bears" (in The Doctor)
New short stories
- Richard Harris Barham (as 'Thomas Ingoldsby') - The Ingoldsby Legends (serialization begins in Bentley's Miscellany)
- Nathaniel Hawthorne - Twice-Told Tales
- Victor Séjour - Le Mulâtre (the earliest known work of African American fiction, published in Revue des Colonies, March)
- Joanna Baillie - The Separation
- Alfred de Musset - Un caprice
- Jules-Édouard Alboize de Pujol - L'Idiote
- Henrik Hertz - Svend Dyrings Huus
- José de Espronceda - El estudiante de Salamanca
- Alphonse de Lamartine - Chute d'un ange
- See also 1837 in poetry
- Charles Ball - Slavery in the United States: A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Charles Ball, A Black Man
- Bernard Bolzano - The Philosophy of Logic
- Thomas Carlyle - The French Revolution: A History
- Washington Irving - The Adventures of Captain Bonneville
- Harriet Martineau - Society in America
- William H. Prescott - The History of Ferdinand and Isabella
- Martin Tupper - Proverbial Philosophy
- Andrew Ure - A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines
- January 23 - Agnes Maule Machar, Canadian novelist (died 1927)
- March 1
- March 6 - Sully Prudhomme, French poet (died 1907)
- April 1 - Jorge Isaacs, born Jorge Isaacs Ferrer, Colombian writer, politician and explorer (died 1895)
- April 5 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, English poet (died 1909)
- October 15 - Leo Königsberger, German historian of science (died 1921)
- December 10 - Edward Eggleston, American novelist and historian (died 1902)
- January 29 - Alexander Pushkin, Russian poet (born 1799) (killed in a duel)
- February 7 - Mary Robinson, the "Maid of Buttermere", English literary subject (born 1778)
- February 12 - Ludwig Börne, German Jewish political writer and satirist (born 1786)
- March 9 - Alexandru Hrisoverghi, Romanian-language writer and translator (born 1811)
- March 15 - Lukijan Mušicki, Serbian poet (born 1777)
- May 31 - Joseph Grimaldi, English clown (born 1778)
- June 12 - Carl Friedrich Ernst Frommann, German bookseller (born 1765)
- June 14 - Giacomo Leopardi, Italian poet (born 1798) (cholera)
- September 21 - Georg Ludolf Dissen, German philologist (born 1784)
- October 19 - Hendrik Doeff, Dutch travel writer (born 1764)
- "The Lamplighter – by Charles Dickens (1838)". Retrieved 2014-12-17.
- Sims, Michael, ed. (2011). The Dead Witness: a Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Detective Stories. London: Bloomsbury. pp. 1–38. ISBN 9781408818633.
- "Making of America". Cornell University Library. Retrieved 2013-03-14.
- Aarnes, Sigurd Aa. "Andreas Munch". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2013-08-08.
- "A Brief History of Little, Brown and Company". New York: Little, Brown and Company. 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-14.
- "Icons, a portrait of England 1820–1840". Archived from the original on 22 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-12.
- Pierce, Peter (2009). The Cambridge History of Australian Literature. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 052188165X.