1853 in literature
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The year 1853 in literature involved some significant new books.
- September - The 20th and final instalment of Charles Dickens's Bleak House is published, followed shortly by its book publication.
- November 25 - English poet Alfred Tennyson settles at Farringford House on the Isle of Wight.
- Poet Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald completes the Estonian national epic Kalevipoeg but it is unpublishable at this time in its original form due to Russian censorship.
- Abraham Mapu's historical novel Ahavat Zion ("Love of Zion"), set in ancient Israel and self-published in Kaunas (Lithuania), is the first narrative novel in the Hebrew language.
- Uriah Maggs establishes what will become the antiquarian bookselling business of Maggs Bros Ltd in London.
- 'Cuthbert Bede' (Edward Bradley) - The Adventures of Mr. Verdant Green
- Charlotte Brontë - Villette
- William Wells Brown - Clotel; or, The President's Daughter
- Martha Haines Butt - Antifanaticism: A Tale of the South
- Philip J. Cozans - Little Eva: The Flower of the South
- Charles Dickens - Bleak House
- Alexandre Dumas, père - La Comtesse de Charny
- Elizabeth Gaskell
- Sarah J. Hale - Liberia; or, Mr. Peyton's Experiments
- Caroline Lee Hentz - Helen and Arthur
- Charles Kingsley - Hypatia
- Sheridan Le Fanu - An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street
- Maria McIntosh - The Lofty and the Lowly, or Good in All and None All Good
- Abraham Mapu - Ahavat Zion
- Herman Melville - Bartleby, the Scrivener
- Susanna Moodie - Life in the Clearings
- Gérard de Nerval - Sylvie
- J. W. Page - Uncle Robin, in His Cabin in Virginia, and Tom Without One in Boston
- Charles Reade
- George Sand - Les Maîtres sonneurs
- Robert Smith Surtees - Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour
- Vidi - Mr. Frank, the Underground Mail-Agent
- George J. Whyte-Melville - Digby Grand
- Charlotte M. Yonge - The Heir of Redclyffe
- Álvares de Azevedo - Lira dos Vinte Anos (published posthumously)
- Matthew Arnold - The Scholar Gipsy
- Victor Hugo - Les Châtiments
- Judge Edmonds, George Dexter - Spiritualism
- Johann Jakob Herzog - Real-Encyklopädie für protestantische Theologie und Kirche ("Encyclopedia of Protestant Theology") begins publication
- Ferdinand Hoefer (ed.) - Nouvelle Biographie Générale, vol. 1
- Solomon Northup - Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana
- Karl Rosenkrantz - Aesthetic of Ugliness (Aesthetik des Hässlichen)
- Hippolyte Taine - Essai sur les fables de La Fontaine
- April 23 - Thomas Nelson Page, novelist (died 1922)
- April 27 - Jules Lemaître, French dramatist and critic (died 1914)
- May 3 - Edgar Watson Howe, author and editor (died 1937)
- May 14 - Hall Caine, novelist and playwright (died 1931)
- date unknown - Dharmavaram Ramakrishnamacharyulu, Telugu dramatist and playwright (died 1912)
- January 3 - János Majláth, Hungarian poet and historian, 68
- January 26 - Sylvester Judd, novelist, 39
- February 3 - August Kopisch, German poet, 53
- April 4 - James Scholefield, classicist, 63
- April 28 - Ludwig Tieck, German poet, novelist and translator, 79
- May 3 - Juan Donoso Cortés, Spanish diplomat and writer, 43
- June 4 - Pavel Katenin, Russian classicist poet, dramatist, and literary critic, 60
- September 5 - Georges Depping, German-French historian, 69
- October 29 - Thomas Jonathan Wooler, satirist, 67
- December 2 - Amelia Opie, poet and novelist, 84
- Pinion, F. B. (1990). "1853". A Tennyson Chronology. Basingstoke: Macmillan. p. 66. ISBN 0-333-46020-0.
- Its full title is Nouvelle Biographie Générale, depuis les temps les plus reculés jusqu'a nos jours, avec les renseignements bibliographiques et l'indication des sources a consulter ("New General Biography, from earliest times to the present, with bibliographic information and details of sources to consult").