1862 in literature
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The year 1862 in literature involved some significant new books.
- February - Ambrose Bierce joins the staff of General William Badcock Hazen.
- July 4 - Charles Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll) extemporises the story that becomes Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for 10-year-old Alice Liddell and her sisters on a rowing boat trip on The Isis from Oxford to Godstow.
- November 26 - Charles Dodgson sends the handwritten manuscript of Alice's Adventures Underground to Alice Liddell.
- Louisa May Alcott becomes a nurse at the Union hospital in Georgetown, D.C.
- December 24 - William Dean Howells marries Elinor Mead at the American embassy in Paris.
- James Russell Lowell begins writing for The North American Review.
- Nikolai Chernyshevsky is imprisoned in St Petersburg and begins his novel What Is To Be Done?
- Karl Heinrich Ulrichs begins writing about homosexuality under the pseudonym of "Numa Numantius".
New books 
- José de Alencar - Lucíola
- Mary Elizabeth Braddon - Lady Audley's Secret
- Camilo Castelo Branco - Amor de Perdição
- Wilkie Collins - No Name
- Thomas De Quincey - Recollections of the Lakes and the Lake Poets
- George Eliot - Romola (serialization)
- Gustave Flaubert - Salammbo
- Eugène Fromentin - Dominique
- The Goncourt brothers (Edmond and Jules de Goncourt) - Sister Philomene
- Victor Hugo - Les Misérables
- Henry Kingsley - Ravenshoe
- George MacDonald - David Elginbrod
- Elizabeth Stoddard - The Morgesons
- William Makepeace Thackeray - The Adventures of Philip
- Anthony Trollope - Orley Farm (publication completed)
- Ivan Turgenev - Fathers and Sons
- Mrs. Henry Wood - The Channings
New drama 
- Pavlo Chubynsky - Ukraine's glory has not perished (later the Ukrainian national anthem)
- Henrik Ibsen - Terje Vigen
- George Meredith - Modern Love
- Christina Rossetti - Goblin Market and other poems
- John William Draper - The History of the Intellectual Development of Europe
- Julia Kavanagh - French Women of Letters
- John Ruskin - Unto This Last
- January 24 - Edith Wharton (+ 1937)
- May 1 - Marcel Prévost, dramatist (+ 1941)
- May 15 - Arthur Schnitzler, dramatist and novelist (+ 1931)
- June 6 - Sir Henry Newbolt, poet (+ 1938)
- August 1 - Montague Rhodes James, scholar, short story writer (+ 1936)
- August 6 - Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, historian (+ 1932)
- August 29 - Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian poet, playwright (+ 1949)
- September 27 - Francis Adams, poet, novelist, essayist and dramatist (+ 1893)
- October 13 - Mary Kingsley, travel writer (+ 1900)
- December 8 - Georges Feydeau, French playwright (+ 1921)
- December 16 - John Fox, Jr., American novelist and journalist (+ 1919)
- December 23 - Henri Pirenne, historian (+ 1935)
- January 11 - Jean Philibert Damiron, philosopher
- February 24 - Bernhard Severin Ingemann, novelist and poet
- April 6 - Fitz James O'Brien, science fiction pioneer
- May 6 - Henry David Thoreau
- May 25 - Johann Nestroy, dramatist
- November 26 - Julia Pardoe, novelist and historian
- November 30 - James Sheridan Knowles, dramatist and actor
- date unknown - Charlotte Barton, children's author
- date unknown - Thomas Jefferson Hogg, biographer