1860 in literature
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The year 1860 in literature involved some significant literary events and new works.
- First issue of the Cornhill Magazine published in London. Anthony Trollope's Framley Parsonage is serialized in it during the year.
- Mrs. Henry Wood's 'sensation novel' East Lynne begins serialization in The New Monthly Magazine. This year also her first full-length novel Danesbury House is published.
- Approximate date - The Catholic newspaper L'Univers is suppressed by the French government.
- February - Mary Elizabeth Braddon gives up her acting career to write. In the same year, she meets her future husband John Maxwell.
- March 27 - The Irish melodrama The Colleen Bawn, or The Brides of Garryowen, written by and starring Dion Boucicault, is first performed at Miss Laura Keene's theatre, New York.
- April 4 - George Eliot's novel The Mill on the Floss is published by John Blackwood in three volumes.
- June 9 - Ann S. Stephens' Malaeska: The Indian Wife of the White Hunter, a tale of the American frontier, becomes the first dime novel when it is published in cheap paperback book format by Irwin P. Beadle & Co. in New York City to initiate the Beadle's Dime Novels series.
- June 30 - 1860 Oxford evolution debate: Samuel Wilberforce and Thomas Huxley debate the theories of Charles Darwin at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
- August 25 - Wilkie Collins' sensation novel The Woman in White, an early example of mystery fiction, concludes serialization in the magazine All the Year Round. It is published in book form in London around August 15.
- c. September 3 - Charles Dickens burns most of his private papers at his home in Kent, Gads Hill Place (where he has taken up regular residence this year).
- December 1 - Charles Dickens's Bildungsroman Great Expectations begins serialization in his magazine All the Year Round.
- Alexander Bain is appointed to the chair of logic and English literature at the University of Aberdeen.
- Andreas Munch becomes the first person to be granted a poet's pension by the Parliament of Norway.
- R. M. Ballantyne - The Dog Crusoe and his Master
- Mary Elizabeth Braddon - Three Times Dead
- Wilkie Collins - The Woman in White
- Mrs V. G. Cowdin - Ellen; or, The Fanatic's Daughter
- Charles Dickens - Great Expectations (serialization begins)
- George Eliot - The Mill on the Floss
- Mrs G. M. Flanders - The Ebony Idol
- The Goncourt brothers (Edmond and Jules de Goncourt) - Charles Demailly
- Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Marble Faun
- Mór Jókai - Poor Rich (Szegény gazdagok)
- George Meredith - Evan Harrington
- Multatuli - Max Havelaar
- Thomas Love Peacock - Gryll Grange (serialization)
- R. M. Potter - The Fall of the Alamo
- Charles Reade - The Cloister and the Hearth
- Mary Howard Schoolcraft - The Black Gauntlet: A Tale of Plantation Life in South Carolina
- Ann S. Stephens - Malaeska
- Robert Smith Surtees - Plain or Ringlets? (concludes publication)
- Anthony Trollope - Castle Richmond
- Ivan Turgenev - First Love (Первая любовь, Pervaya ljubov; novella)
- Charlotte M. Yonge
- Michael Madhusudan Dutt - Tilottama Sambhab Kabya (তিলোত্তমাসম্ভব কাব্য, "Birth of Tilottama")
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - "Paul Revere's Ride"
- See also 1860 in poetry
- Jacob Burckhardt - The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (Die Cultur der Renaissance in Italien)
- Eugène Crepet - Poètes francais; Les Paradis artificiels: opium et haschisch
- Ralph Waldo Emerson - The Conduct of Life
- Gray's Anatomy, 2nd edition
- Eliphas Lévi - Histoire de la magie
- Roger Gougenot des Mousseaux - La magie au dix-neufième siècle
- J. W. Parker (ed.) - Essays and Reviews
- John Ruskin - Modern Painters IV
- January 10 – Charles G. D. Roberts, Canadian poet (died 1943)
- January 29 – Anton Chekhov, Russian short story writer, novelist and dramatist (died 1904)
- February 11 – Rachilde (Marguerite Vallette-Eymery), French author (died 1953)
- May 9 – J. M. Barrie, Scottish-born novelist and dramatist (died 1937)
- June 6 – William Inge, English theologian (died 1954)
- July 3 – Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American novelist, short story writer and social reformer (died 1935)
- July 18 – Herbert Kelly, religious writer and cleric (died 1950)
- September 13 – Ralph Connor, Canadian novelist (died 1937)
- September 14 – Hamlin Garland, American novelist, poet and essayist (died 1940)
- October 23 – Molly Elliot Seawell, American novelist and dramatist (died 1916)
- December 11 – Leonard Huxley, English writer and editor (died 1933)
- Unknown date – Harriet Theresa Comstock, American children's author (died 1925)
- January 29 – Ernst Moritz Arndt, German poet (born 1769)
- February 9 – William Evans Burton, English dramatist, theatre manager and publisher (born 1804)
- February 25 – Chauncey Allen Goodrich, American lexicographer (born 1790)
- May 9 – Samuel Griswold Goodrich (Peter Parley), American children's author (born 1793)
- May 16 – Anne Isabella Byron, Baroness Byron, English memoirist (born 1792)
- May 23 – Albert Richard Smith, English journalist and humorist (bronchitis, born 1816)
- August 25
- September 21 – Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (born 1788)
- December 2 – Ferdinand Christian Baur, German theologian (born 1792)
- December 11 – Anne Knight, English children's writer and educationist (born 1792)
- F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (1922) opens in this year.
- Bram Stoker's horror novel The Lair of the White Worm (1911) is set in this year.
- "Literary Lives of Mary Elizabeth Braddon". Retrieved 2013-03-11.
- Parkin, Andrew, ed. (1987). Selected Plays - Dion Boucicault. Guernsey Press Co. p. 192.
- Hughes, Kathryn (2010-03-27). "Rereading: Mill on the Floss". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2013-11-06.
- "Dime Novels". American Treasures of the Library of Congress. 2010. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
- Lyons, Martyn (2011). Books: A Living History. Los Angeles: Getty Publications. p. 156. ISBN 978-1-60606-083-4.
- Nelson, Randy F. (1981). The Almanac of American Letters. Los Altos, California: William Kaufmann, Inc. p. 201. ISBN 0-86576-008-X.
- Gasson, Andrew (2010). "The Woman in White: A chronological study". Retrieved 2013-11-06.
- Sutherland, John (2012). "Onions". The Dickens Dictionary. London: Icon. pp. 147–9. ISBN 978-184831-391-0.