1848 in literature
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The year 1848 in literature involved some significant literary events and new works. It is notable in Europe as the year of the Revolutions of 1848.
- January 22 - Second edition of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre is published, with a dedication to Thackeray. It is also first published this year in the United States.
- February 21 - Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto (Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei) in London.
- March 15 - Revolutions of 1848 in the Austrian Empire: Ferdinand I of Austria abolishes censorship.
- April 1 - Charles Dickens's novel Dombey and Son concludes its serial publication.
- April 10 - John Ruskin marries Effie Gray.
- May 5 - Poet Alfred de Musset is dismissed as librarian of the Ministry of the Interior under the French Second Republic.
- c.June 27 - Publication (as by "Acton Bell") in London of Anne Brontë's second and final novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall which sells out in six weeks, requiring a reissue.
- September 24 - Branwell Brontë dies, probably of tuberculosis, at Haworth Parsonage, aged 31.
- October - Publication (anonymously) in London of Elizabeth Gaskell's first novel, Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life.
- c.October - The first frescoes of scenes from English literature in the Poets' Hall of the Palace of Westminster are completed: Charles West Cope's Griselda's first Trial of Patience (based on Chaucer's The Clerk's Tale) and John Callcott Horsley's Satan touched by Ithuriel's Spear while whispering evil dreams to Eve (based on Milton's Paradise Lost).
- November - William Makepeace Thackeray's novel The History of Pendennis begins its serial publication.
- December 19 - Emily Brontë dies of tuberculosis at Haworth Parsonage, aged 30.
- W. Harrison Ainsworth - The Lancashire Witches (serialised in The Sunday Times)
- R. M. Ballantyne - Life in the Wilds of North America
- Anne Brontë - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
- Edward Bulwer-Lytton - Harold, the Last of the Saxons
- William Carleton - The Emigrants of Ahadarra
- Catherine Crowe - The Night-side of Nature
- Charles Dickens
- Alexandre Dumas, fils - La Dame aux caméllias
- Alexandre Dumas, père - Le Vicomte de Bragelonne, ou Dix ans plus tard
- Elizabeth Gaskell - Mary Barton
- Geraldine Jewsbury - The Half Sisters
- Julia Kavanagh - Madeleine, a Tale of Auvergne
- Charles Kingsley - Yeast
- Frederick Marryat
- The Little Savage
- Henri Murger - Scènes de la vie de Bohème
- John Henry Newman - Loss and Gain: the story of a convert
- G. W. M. Reynolds
- The Coral Island, or the Hereditary Curse
- Wagner the Wehr-Wolf
- George Sand - François le champi ("François the Waif")
- Adele Schopenhauer - Eine dänische Geschichte ("A Danish story")
- William Makepeace Thackeray - The Book of Snobs
- Anthony Trollope - The Kellys and the O'Kellys
- Mrs Cecil Frances Alexander - Hymns for Little Children, including All Things Bright and Beautiful and Once in Royal David's City
- William Edmonstoune Aytoun - Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers
- Edward Bulwer-Lytton - King Arthur (1848-9)
- James Russell Lowell - A Fable for Critics, The Biglow Papers
- Jacob Grimm - Geschichte der deutschen Sprache
- Benjamin Randell Harris - The Recollections of Rifleman Harris
- Søren Kierkegaard - The Point of View of My Work as an Author
- Thomas Babington Macaulay - The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, vol. 1–2
- Harriet Martineau - Household Education
- Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels - The Communist Manifesto
- John Stuart Mill - Principles of Political Economy.
- Ephraim George Squier and Edwin Hamilton Davis - Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley
- February 5 - J.-K. Huysmans, French novelist (died 1907)
- February 16 - Octave Mirbeau, French journalist, art critic, travel writer, pamphleteer, novelist and playwright (died 1917)
- February 24 - Grant Allen, Canadian novelist and science writer (died 1899)
- August 14 - Mary E. Mann, née Rackham, English novelist and short story writer (died 1929)
- October 25 - Karl Emil Franzos, Austrian novelist (died 1904)
- January 19 - Isaac D'Israeli, scholar and man of letters, father of Benjamin Disraeli, 81
- February 13 - Sophie von Knorring, Swedish novelist, 50
- July 4 - François-René de Chateaubriand, French politician, diplomat and historian, 79
- August 9 - Frederick Marryat, novelist, 56
- September 24 - Branwell Brontë, painter, writer and poet, brother of the literary Brontë sisters, 31 (tuberculosis)
- December 19 - Emily Brontë, novelist and poet, 30 (tuberculosis)
- Alexander, Christine; Smith, Margaret (2006). The Oxford Companion to the Brontës. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-861432-6.
- Winkler, Anita. "Initial successes. The abolition of censorship". The World of the Habsburgs. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
- Landow, G. P. "The Life of John Ruskin". Retrieved 2013-06-21.
- "Poets Hall". Art in Parliament. www.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2013-02-04.