1874 in literature
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The year 1874 in literature involved some significant new books.
- The German literary and political periodical Deutsche Rundschau is established by Julius Rodenberg in Berlin.
- Arthur William à Beckett joins the staff of Punch.
- Johan Nicolai Madvig loses his sight, forcing him to give up most of his research and writing.
- Karl May completes a 4-year prison sentence for thefts and frauds at Waldheim, Saxony (May) and has his first story, Die Rose von Ernstthal ("The Story of Rose Ernstthal"), published (November).
- Arthur Rimbaud goes to London with Germain Nouveau.
- Alexandre Dumas, fils, is elected to the Académie française.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich - Prudence Palfrey
- José de Alencar - Ubirajara
- Jules Amédée Barbey d'Aurevilly - Les Diaboliques
- R. M. Ballantyne -The Pirate City
- Ambrose Bierce - Cobwebs from an Empty Skull
- Andrew Blair - Annals of the Twenty-Ninth Century
- Mary Elizabeth Braddon - Lost For Love
- William Wells Brown - The Rising Sun
- Wilkie Collins - The Frozen Deep and Other Stories
- Alphonse Daudet - Fromont jeune et Risler aîné
- Amelia Edwards - A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest
- George Eliot - Middlemarch (first single-volume publication)
- Gustave Flaubert - The Temptation of Saint Anthony
- Émile Gaboriau - Other People's Money
- Henry Glapthorne (d. c.1643) - The Plays and Poems of Henry Glapthorne: Now first collected with illustrative notes and a memoir of the Author
- Thomas Hardy - Far From the Madding Crowd
- Marie Howland - Papa's Own Girl
- Victor Hugo - Ninety-Three
- J.-K. Huysmans - Le drageoir aux epices
- George Meredith - Beauchamp's Career
- Margaret Oliphant - A Rose in June
- Anthony Trollope
- Jules Verne - The Mysterious Island
- Mrs. Henry Wood -Johnny Ludlow
- Edmund Yates - The Impending Sword
- Émile Zola - La Conquête de Plassans
- Franz Brentano - Psychologie vom Empirischen Standpunkte (Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint)
- William Cullen Bryant - Picturesque America, vol. 2
- John William Draper - A History of the Conflict between Religion and Science
- Antonio Raimondi - El Perú
- Dorothy Wordsworth - Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland, A. D. 1803
- January 16 - Robert W. Service, poet (died 1958)
- January 25 - William Somerset Maugham, (died 1965)
- February 1 - Hugo von Hofmannsthal, writer (died 1929)
- February 3 - Gertrude Stein, writer and patron of the arts (died 1946)
- February 9 - Amy Lowell, poet (died 1925)
- February 11 - Elsa Beskow (Maartman), Swedish children's book/fairy tales author (died 1953)
- March 20 - Börries von Münchhausen, poet (died 1945)
- March 26 - Robert Frost, poet (died 1963)
- May 29 - G. K. Chesterton, writer (died 1936)
- June 20 - Trumbull Stickney, poet (died 1904)
- August 8 - Tristan Klingsor, poet (died 1966)
- November 30 - Lucy Maud Montgomery, novelist (died 1942)
- February 8 - David Strauss, theologian (born 1808)
- February 9 - Jules Michelet, historian (born 1798)
- February 23 - Shirley Brooks, journalist and novelist (born 1816)
- March 3 - Francis Mason, grammarian and translator (born 1799)
- March 4 - Ada Clare, journalist (born 1834)
- June 19 - Jules Janin, critic (born 1804)
- July 7 - John Heneage Jesse, historian (born 1815)
- July 8 - Agnes Strickland, popular historian (born 1796)
- July 12 - Fritz Reuter, novelist (born 1810)
- August 8 - Augustin Theiner, theologian and historian (born 1804)
- October 5 - Bryan Procter, poet (born 1787)
- October 24 - Thomas Miller, poet (born 1807)
- November 20 - Tom Hood, humorist (born 1835)
- date unknown
- Sudhoff; Steinmetz. Karl-May-Chronik I.