1877 in literature
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The year 1877 in literature involved some significant literary events and new works.
- July - The ending of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is published in Russkiy vestnik.
- October 15 - Edward L. Wheeler's first story featuring Deadwood Dick, set on the American frontier, opens the first number of Beadle's Half-Dime Library, published in New York.
- November 14 - Henrik Ibsen's first contemporary realist drama The Pillars of Society is premièred at the Odense Teater (having been first published on October 11 in Copenhagen).
- November 24 - Anna Sewell's novel Black Beauty, his grooms and companions: the autobiography of a horse "translated from the equine" is published by Jarrolds of Norwich in England. Her only book, published five months before her death arising from long-standing illness, it rapidly establishes its position as an all-time best-seller, going on to sell fifty million copies and becoming the sixth best seller in the English language.
- Mitchell Library established in Glasgow.
- Louisa May Alcott - Under the Lilacs
- R. M. Ballantyne - The Settler and the Savage
- R. D. Blackmore - Erema; or, my father's sin
- Ned Buntline - Buffalo Bill Trails the Devil Head
- Bankim Chatterjee
- Ion Creangă - Harap Alb
- Gustave Flaubert - Three Tales
- Henry James - The American
- Jan Neruda - Povídky malostranské ("Tales of the Little Quarter")
- Margaret Oliphant - Carità
- Anna Sewell - Black Beauty
- Anthony Trollope
- Jacint Verdaguer - L'Atlàntida
- Jules Verne
- Émile Zola - L'Assommoir
- James Albery - Pink Dominos
- José Echegaray - Saint or Madman? (O locura o santidad)
- W. S. Gilbert - Engaged
- Henrik Ibsen - The Pillars of Society (Samfundets støtter)
- Helena Blavatsky - Isis Unveiled
- Kenneth Mackenzie - Royal Masonic Cyclopedia
- Lewis H. Morgan - Ancient Society
- July 2 - Hermann Hesse, German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter (died 1962)
- August 27 - Lloyd C. Douglas, novelist (died 1951)
- September 1 - Rex Beach, novelist and playwright (died 1949)
- April - Ernst Moritz Ludwig Ettmüller, philologist (born 1802)
- June 17 - John Stevens Cabot Abbott, historian (born 1805)
- October 10 - Johann Georg Baiter, philologist and critic (born 1801)
- October 16 - Théodore Barrière, dramatist (born 1823)
- October 28 - Julia Kavanagh, novelist (born 1824)
- December 12 - José de Alencar, novelist (born 1829)
- Stenbock-Fermor, Elizabeth (1975). The Architecture of Anna Karenina. B.R. Grüner. ISBN 1588116751.
- Johannsen, Albert (1950). "Wheeler, Edward L.". The House of Beadle and Adams and its dime and nickel novels: the story of a vanished literature. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Libraries. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
- Hanssen, Jens-Morten (2001-08-10). "Facts about Pillars of Society". Ibsen.net. Retrieved 2013-02-08.
- "Fifty million copies of Black Beauty have been sold in the years since Anna Sewell's publisher paid her £20 for the story". The Times (London). 29 February 2008.
- Wells, E. B.; Grimshaw, A., ed. (1989). The annotated "Black Beauty".