1846 in literature
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The year 1846 in literature involved some significant literary events and new works.
- January 3 – American author Edgar Allan Poe prints the final edition of the Broadway Journal, a journal he owned for only a few months, with the final issue dated this day. Poe also publishes "The Philosophy of Composition".
- January 21 – First publication of The Daily News, edited by Charles Dickens, in London. After 17 issues Dickens hands over the editorship to his friend John Forster. It continues until 1930.
- c. May 22 – The Brontë sisters' first published work, the collection Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell, is issued in London. It sells just two copies in the first year.
- June 27 – Charlotte Brontë completes the original manuscript of her novel The Professor; it is offered to several publishers this year but rejected.
- September 12 – Poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning marry privately in St Marylebone Parish Church, London, departing for the continent a week later.
- October 1 – Serial publication of Charles Dickens's Dombey and Son begins.
- November 21 – The String of Pearls: a Romance, probably written by James Malcolm Rymer and Thomas Peckett Prest, begins serialization in Britain, the first literary appearance of Sweeney Todd.
- Mary Howitt's Wonderful Stories for Children is the first English translation of works by Hans Christian Andersen.
- Isaac D. Baker and Charles Scribner form the New York City publisher Baker & Scribner, predecessor of Charles Scribner's Sons.
- Honoré de Balzac – Cousin Bette
- Edward George Bulwer-Lytton – The Children of the Night
- James Fenimore Cooper – The Redskins
- Charles Dickens
- Fyodor Dostoevsky – The Double: A Petersburg Poem
- Alexandre Dumas, père
- József Eötvös – The Village Notary
- Dmitry Grigorovich – The Village
- Nathaniel Hawthorne – Mosses from an Old Manse
- Mór Jókai – Weekdays
- Frederick Marryat – The Privateersman
- Herman Melville – Typee
- George Sand – The Devil's Pond
- Paul Bocage – Échec et mat
- Carolina Coronado – El cuadro de la esperanza
- Eugène Marin Labiche and Auguste Lefranc – Frisette
- Martins Pena – first performances
- A Barriga do Meu Tio
- Os Ciúmes de um Pedestre, ou O Terrível Capitão do Mato
- As Desgraças de uma Criança
- Os Meirinhos
- Um Segredo de Estado
- O Usurário
- Joseph Isidore Samson – La famille poisson
- Gottfried Keller – Gedichte
- Edward Lear – Book of Nonsense
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – The Belfry of Bruges
- Hans Christian Andersen – Fairy Tale of My Life (autobiography)
- Charles Dickens – Pictures from Italy
- George Grote – A History of Greece (publication begins)
- Søren Kierkegaard – Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments
- David Strauss – The Life of Jesus, Critically Examined, translated by George Eliot from Das Leben Jesu, kritisch bearbeitet
- Theodor Waitz – Grundlegung der Psychologie (Foundation of Psychology)
- William Whewell – Elements of Morality
- April 4 – Comte de Lautreamont, French poet and writer (died 1870)
- April 24 – Marcus Clarke, Australian novelist and poet (died 1881)
- May 5 – Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish novelist (died 1916)
- May 25 – Naim Frashëri, Albanian poet (died 1900)
- August 5 – Alvilde Prydz, Norwegian novelist (died 1922)
- October 21 – Edmondo De Amicis, Italian novelist, journalist, poet and short-story writer (died 1908)
- January 6 – Lewis Goldsmith, journalist, about 70
- February 9 – Henry Gally Knight, author of "Oriental tales", 59
- March 10 – Harriette Wilson, memoirist, 59
- June 24 – Jan Frans Willems, Flemish poet and political activist, 53
- July 12 – Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna, novelist, 55
- September 4 – Victor-Joseph Étienne de Jouy, French dramatist, 81
- November 23 – George Darley, Irish poet, novelist, and critic, 49
- December 13 – Pasquale Galluppi, Italian philosopher, 76
- Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6.
- Alexander, Christine; Smith, Margaret (2006). The Oxford Companion to the Brontës. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-866218-1.
- Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 268–269. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.
- Frances Wilson, The Courtesan's Revenge: The Life of Harriette Wilson, the Woman Who Blackmailed the King
- Pichois, Claude. "Pour une biographie d'Étienne Jouy", Revue des sciences humaines (April–June 1965:227–252; given a synopsis in Furman, N., La Revue Des Deux Mondes Et Le Romantisme (1831–1848) 1974:12 note 5.