1857 in literature
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The year 1857 in literature involved some significant literary events and new publications.
- January 10 - Jules Verne marries Honorine de Viane Morel.
- September - Obscene Publications Act 1857 is passed in the United Kingdom, placing severe restrictions on the content of published books until it is replaced with a less stringent one in 1959. William Dugdale, a prime target of the act, is one of the first to be charged under it.
New books 
- Hans Christian Andersen - To Be or Not to Be
- R. M. Ballantyne
- George Borrow - The Romany Rye
- Charlotte Brontë (posthumously, as 'Currer Bell') - The Professor
- Juliet H. Lewis Campbell (as 'Judith Canute') - Eros and Antieros; or, The Bachelor's Ward
- Wilkie Collins - The Dead Secret
- Charles Dickens - Little Dorrit (complete in book form)
- Alexandre Dumas, père - The Wolf Leader
- Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary
- Catherine Gore - The Two Aristocracies
- Thomas Hughes - Tom Brown's Schooldays
- George A. Lawrence (anonymously) - Guy Livingstone, or Thorough
- Fitz Hugh Ludlow - The Hasheesh Eater
- Herman Melville - The Confidence-Man
- G. W. M. Reynolds - The Necromancer
- Joseph Xavier Saintine - Seul
- Catharine Maria Sedgwick - Married or Single?
- Adalbert Stifter - Der Nachsommer
- William Makepeace Thackeray - The Virginians (begins serialisation)
- Anthony Trollope - Barchester Towers
New drama 
- Wilkie Collins (with Charles Dickens) - The Frozen Deep
- Liautaud Ethéart - Le Monde de Chez Nous
- Henrik Ibsen - The Vikings at Helgeland
- Delia Bacon - The Philosophy of Shakespeare's Plays
- Elizabeth Gaskell - The Life of Charlotte Brontë
- Philip Gosse - Omphalos: An Attempt to Untie the Geological Knot
- Hinton Rowan Helper - The Impending Crisis of the South
- Washington Irving - The Life of George Washington, Volume 4
- Allan Kardec - The Spirits' Book
- W. H. Smith - Bacon and Shakespere: An Inquiry Touching Players, Play-Houses, and Play-writers in the Days of Elizabeth
- February - Arthur Tolkien, father of J. R. R. Tolkien
- February 7 - Benjamin Eli Smith, editor of reference books (died 1913)
- February 23 - Margaret Deland (died 1945)
- July - Adriana Porter, Wicca "poet" (died 1946)
- July 24 - Henrik Pontoppidan, Nobel Prize-winning author (died 1943)
- September 30 - Hermann Sudermann, dramatist and novelist (died 1928)
- October 31 - Axel Munthe, doctor and author (died 1949)
- November 22 - George Gissing (died 1903)
- November 26 - Ferdinand de Saussure, Swiss linguist (died 1913)
- December 3 - Joseph Conrad, novelist and short story writer (died 1924)
- January 5 - Albert Schwegler, philosopher and theologian (born 1819)
- February 3 - Robert Isaac Wilberforce, historian and religious writer (born 1802)
- March 11 - Manuel José Quintana, poet (born 1772)
- March 26 - John Mitchell Kemble, historian (born 1807)
- May 2 - Alfred de Musset, novelist and poet (born 1810) (heart failure)
- June 8 - Douglas William Jerrold, dramatist (born 1803)
- June 25 - Isabella Kelly, novelist and poet (born 1759)
- July 29 James Holman, travel writer (born 1786)
- August 3 - Eugène Sue, novelist (born 1804)
- August 10 - John Wilson Croker, political writer (born 1780)
- September 5 - Auguste Comte, French philosopher (born 1798)
- September 18 - Jean Baptiste Gustave Planche, critic (born 1808)
- November 26 - Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff, poet and novelist (born 1788)
- December 13 - Richard Furness, poet (born 1791)
- Jules Verne family tree. Accessed 11 March 2013
- BBC h2g2: The Obscene Publications Act, 1857. Accessed 11 March 2013
- Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 277–278. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.
- Leavis, Q. D. (1965). Fiction and the Reading Public (2nd ed.). London: Chatto & Windus.
- "Icons, a portrait of England 1840–1860". Archived from the original on 17 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-13.