1838 in literature
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The year 1838 in literature involved some significant new books.
- January 28 - The second night of Henrik Wergeland's satirical musical play Campbellerne ("The Campbells") in Christiania (Norway) provokes a riot.
- October 19 - Poet Alfred de Musset is appointed librarian of the Ministry of the Interior in France.
- November 3 - The Times of India is founded as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce by Raobahadur Narayan Dinanath Velkar in Bombay.
- November 8 - French novelist George Sand begins an uncomfortable winter living with her lover, the ailing Polish-born composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin, on the Mediterranean island of Majorca in the abandoned Carthusian monastery of Valldemossa.
- Anna Maria Bunn's Gothic fiction The Guardian: a tale ("by an Australian") is published in Sydney. It is the first Australian novel printed and published in mainland Australia (although set in the author's native Ireland) and the first by a woman.
- George Palmer Putnam and John Wiley form the book publishing and retail firm of Wiley & Putnam in New York City. It is the forerunner of G. P. Putnam's Sons.
- Lady Charlotte Guest begins publication of her translation into English of the Welsh traditional tales known as the Mabinogion.
- Hans Christian Andersen - Fairy Tales Told for Children. New Collection. First Booklet (Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. Ny Samling. Første Hefte) comprising "The Daisy", "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" (Den standhaftige tinsoldat) and "The Wild Swans" (De vilde svaner)
- Hendrik Conscience - De Leeuw van Vlaanderen ("The Lion of Flanders")
- Charles Dickens
- William Nugent Glascock - Land Sharks and Sea Gulls
- Edward Howard (as "edited by the author of Peter Simple") - Rattling the Reefer
- Karl Leberecht Immermann - Münchhausen
- John Pendleton Kennedy - Rob of the Bowl
- Edgar Allan Poe
- George Sand
- Ann Sophia Stephens - Mary Derwent
- Robert Smith Surtees - Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jollities
- Dion Boucicault - A Legend of the Devil's Dyke
- Edward Bulwer - The Lady of Lyons
- Franz Grillparzer - Weh dem, der lügt!
- Victor Hugo - Ruy Blas
- Martins Pena - O Juiz de Paz na Roça ("The Roça Justice of the Peace")
New short stories
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning - The Seraphim and Other Poems
- Giacomo Casanova - Memoirs (final volume)
- Ralph Waldo Emerson - The Divinity School Address
- Samuel Smiles - Physical Education
- February 6 - Henry Irving, actor and theatre manager (died 1905)
- June 26 - Bankim Chatterjee (died 1894)
- July 20 - Augustin Daly, dramatist and theatre manager (died 1899)
- November 7 - Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, Symbolist writer (died 1889)
- March 28 - Thomas Morton, dramatist (born 1764)
- April 12 - Johann Adam Möhler, theologian (born 1796)
- July 12 - John Jamieson, lexicographer (born 1759)
- August 24 - Ferenc Kölcsey, Hungarian poet and critic (born 1790)
- December 17 - Józef Zawadzki, publisher (born 1781)
- December 20 - Hégésippe Moreau, poet (born 1810)
- December 26 - Ann Hatton, novelist (born 1764)
- date unknown - Amhlaoibh Ó Súilleabháin, Irish language author (born 1780)