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 1 - Moscow's first free public library opens as The Library of the Moscow Public Museum and Rumiantsev Museum, predecessor of the Russian State Library.
- 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.
- November 29 - Serialization of The Notting Hill Mystery by "Charles Felix" (probably Charles Warren Adams) commences in Once A Week (London); it is considered the first full-length detective novel in English.
- December - 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".
- 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
- Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy - Prince Serebrenni
- Anthony Trollope - Orley Farm (publication completed)
- Ivan Turgenev - Fathers and Sons
- Mrs. Henry Wood - The Channings
- 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, American novelist (d. 1937)
- May 1 - Marcel Prévost, French dramatist (d. 1941)
- May 15 - Arthur Schnitzler, Austrian dramatist and novelist (d. 1931)
- June 6 - Henry Newbolt, English poet (d. 1938)
- August 1 - Montague Rhodes James, English scholar, short story writer (d. 1936)
- August 6 - Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, English historian (d. 1932)
- August 29 - Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian poet, playwright (d. 1949)
- September 27 - Francis Adams, British poet, novelist, essayist and dramatist (d. 1893)
- October 13 - Mary Kingsley, English travel writer (d. 1900)
- December 8 - Georges Feydeau, French farceur (d. 1921)
- December 16 - John Fox, Jr., American novelist and journalist (d. 1919)
- December 23 - Henri Pirenne, Belgian historian (d. 1935)
- January 11 - Jean Philibert Damiron, French philosopher (b. 1794)
- February 24 - Bernhard Severin Ingemann, Danish novelist and poet (b. 1789)
- April 6 - Fitz James O'Brien, Irish American science fiction pioneer (b. 1828)
- May 6 - Henry David Thoreau, American philosopher (b. 1817)
- May 25 - Johann Nestroy, Austrian dramatist (b. 1801)
- August 27 - Thomas Jefferson Hogg, English biographer (b. 1792)
- November 26 - Julia Pardoe, English novelist and historian (b. 1806)
- November 30 - James Sheridan Knowles, Irish dramatist and actor (b. 1784)
- Collins, Paul (2011-01-07). "Before Hercule or Sherlock, There Was Ralph". The New York Times Book Review.
- Symons, Julian (1972). Bloody Murder: From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel. London: Faber and Faber. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-571-09465-3. "There is no doubt that the first detective novel, preceding Collins and Gaboriau, was The Notting Hill Mystery."