1841 in literature
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The year 1841 in literature involved some significant literary events and new works.
- January – Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning is given her golden cocker spaniel "Flush" by writer Mary Russell Mitford.
- March 4 – Dion Boucicault's first London première, the comedy London Assurance (originally entitled Out of Town), opens at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, presented by the company run by the husband-and-wife partnership of Charles Matthews and Elizabeth Vestris.
- April 10 – Horace Greeley begins publication of the New-York Tribune.
- April 20 – Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is published in Graham's Magazine (Philadelphia) (of which he became editor in February). The story will be recognized as the first significant work of detective fiction.
- July 17 – Punch magazine is founded in London by Henry Mayhew and engraver Ebenezer Landells, edited by Mayhew and Mark Lemon.
- London publisher Edward Moxon is convicted of blasphemous libel for issuing an edition of Shelley's poem Queen Mab (1813) with its atheistic passages restored.
- Anthony Panizzi and his staff at the British Museum Library in London devise the "Ninety-One Cataloguing Rules".
- London Library founded in Pall Mall, London on the initiative of Thomas Carlyle.
- Tauchnitz publishers of Leipzig begin their Collection of British and American Authors, an authorized series of cheap paperback reprints which will become popular with anglophone travellers in continental Europe, with Dickens' The Pickwick Papers and Bulwer-Lytton's Pelham.
- Khachatur Abovian (posthumous) – Wounds of Armenia (Armenian: Վերք Հայաստանի Verk Hayastani; the first Armenian novel)
- W. Harrison Ainsworth – Old St. Paul's (serialized)
- Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda – Sab
- Honoré de Balzac – Le Curé de village
- Edward Bulwer – Night and Morning
- James Fenimore Cooper – The Deerslayer
- Catherine Crowe – Susan Hopley
- Charles Dickens – Master Humphrey's Clock (serialization incorporating full-length novels)
- Catherine Gore
- Greville, or a Season in Paris
- Cecil, or Adventures of a Coxcomb
- Cecil, A Peer
- Jeremias Gotthelf – Uli der Knecht
- Frederick Marryat
- Theodor Mundt – Thomas Münzer
- Edgar Allan Poe – "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"
- Eugène Sue – Mathilde
- A. K. Tolstoy – The Vampire
- Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna
- Samuel Warren – Ten Thousand a Year
- Dion Boucicault – London Assurance
- Robert Browning – Pippa Passes
- Mary Russell Mitford – Inez de Castro
- Jules-Édouard Alboize de Pujol – Le Tribut des cent vierges
- Juliusz Słowacki – Fantazy (published posthumously in 1866)
- Mikhail Lermontov – The Demon: An Eastern Tale
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – Excelsior
- James Russell Lowell – A Year's Life
- Alexander Pushkin – The Bronze Horseman
- Thomas Carlyle – On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History
- Ralph Waldo Emerson – Essays
- Ludwig Feuerbach – Das Wesen des Christentums (The Essence of Christianity)
- Washington Irving – Biography and Poetical Remains of the Late Margaret Miller Davidson
- Søren Kierkegaard – On the Concept of Irony with Continual Reference to Socrates
- February 28 – Jean Mounet-Sully, French actor (died 1904)
- March 31 – Iosif Vulcan, ethnic Romanian Austro-Hungarian magazine editor, poet, playwright, novelist and cultural figure (died 1907)
- April 6 – Ivan Surikov, Russian poet (died 1898)
- May 22 – Catulle Mendès, French poet (died 1909)
- June 19 – Hermann Eduard von Holst, Baltic German historian (died 1904)
- August 4 – William Henry Hudson, Argentinian-born English naturalist and author (died 1922)
- August 18 – Robert Williams Buchanan, Scottish author (died 1901)
- October 6 – Clement Scott, Engllish critic and travel writer (died 1916)
- November 8 – John Charles Dent, English-born Canadian journalist and historian (died 1888)
- November 13 – William Black, Scottish novelist (died 1898)
- January 12 – Märta Helena Reenstierna, diarist, 87
- April – James Browne, journalist and critic, 47
- May 7 – Thomas Barnes, editor of The Times, 55
- May 20 – Joseph Blanco White, poet and theologian, 65
- July 27 – Mikhail Lermontov, poet, 26 (shot dead in a duel)
- August 11 – Johann Friedrich Herbart, philosopher, 65
- September 16 – Thomas John Dibdin, dramatist, 70
- October 31 – Georg Anton Friedrich Ast, philologist and philosopher, 62
- December 12 – Denis-Luc Frayssinous, theologian, 76
- Sullivan, Mary Rose; Raymond, Meredith B., ed. (1983). The letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Mary Russell Mitford, 1836–1854. Waco: Armstrong Browning Library of Baylor University. ISBN 978-0-911459-00-5. Retrieved 2011-10-22. Virginia Woolf later fictionalises the life of the dog, making him the protagonist of her 1933 novel Flush: A Biography.
- New-York Tribune and New York Daily Tribune, Library of Congress.
- Silverman, Kenneth (1991). Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance (Paperback ed.). New York: Harper Perennial. p. 171. ISBN 978-0-06-092331-0.
- Meyers, Jeffrey (1992). Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and Legacy (Paperback ed.). New York: Cooper Square Press. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-8154-1038-6.
- Spielmann, Marion Harry (1895). The History of "Punch". p. 27.
- Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 264–266. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.
- Hacikyan, Agop Jack; Basmajian, Gabriel; Franchuk, Edward S. (2005). The Heritage of Armenian Literature: From The Eighteenth Century To Modern Times. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. p. 213. ISBN 9780814332214.
- Leavis, Q. D. (1965). Fiction and the Reading Public (2nd ed.). London: Chatto & Windus.