1860 in literature
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The year 1860 in literature involved some significant literary events and new works.
- January - First issue of the Cornhill Magazine published in London. Anthony Trollope's Framley Parsonage is serialized in it during the year.
- January? - 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.
- June 9 - Malaeska: The Indian Wife of the White Hunter becomes the first dime novel to be published.
- 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.
- Alexander Bain is appointed to the chair of logic and English literature at the University of Aberdeen.
New books 
- R. M. Ballantyne -The Dog Crusoe and his Master
- Wilkie Collins - The Woman in White
- V. G. Cowdin - Ellen; or, The Fanatic's Daughter
- Charles Dickens - Great Expectations (serialization begins)
- George Eliot - The Mill on the Floss
- 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
- 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
- Robert Smith Surtees - Plain or Ringlets? (concludes publication)
- Charlotte M. Yonge
- 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
- J. W. Parker (ed.) - Essays and Reviews
- John Ruskin - Modern Painters IV
- January 10 - Charles G.D. Roberts, 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, novelist and dramatist (died 1937)
- June 6 - William Ralph Inge, theologian (died 1954)
- July 3 - Charlotte Perkins Gilman, novelist, short story writer and social reformer (died 1935)
- September 13 - Ralph Connor, Canadian novelist (died 1937)
- September 14 - Hamlin Garland, novelist, poet and essayist (died 1940)
- October 23 - Molly Elliot Seawell, novelist and dramatist (died 1916)
- December 11 - Leonard Huxley, writer and editor, father of Aldous Huxley (died 1933)
- date unknown - Harriet Theresa Comstock, children's author (died 1925)
- January 29 - Ernst Moritz Arndt, poet, 90
- February 9 - William Evans Burton, dramatist, theatre manager and publisher, 55
- February 25 - Chauncey Allen Goodrich, lexicographer, 69
- May 9 - Samuel Griswold Goodrich, children's author (Peter Parley)
- May 16 - Anne Isabella Byron, Baroness Byron, widow of Lord Byron, 67
- May 23 - Albert Richard Smith, journalist and humorist, 43 (bronchitis)
- August 25
- September 21 - Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher, 72
- December 2 - Ferdinand Christian Baur, theologian, 68
- Literary Lives of Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Accessed 11 March 2013
- American Treasures of the Library of Congress: Dime novels. Accessed 11 March 2013