1879 in literature
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The year 1879 in literature involved some significant new books.
- January 1 - Benjamin Henry Blackwell opens the first Blackwell's bookshop in Oxford.
- October 10 - American poet Ethel Lynn Beers' collected works All Quiet Along The Potomac and Other Poems (including her most well-known work "All Quiet Along the Potomac Tonight") are published; the following day she dies aged 52 at Orange, New Jersey.
- December 21 - Henrik Ibsen's controversial drama A Doll's House premières at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen (having been first published on December 4 in the city).
- Publication of the first complete edition of Georg Büchner's works as Georg Büchner's sämmtliche Werke, edited by Karl Emil Franzos, is completed in Frankfurt, including the first printing of the play Wozzeck, left unfinished on the writer's death in 1837.
- The Rabelais Club is founded in London, holding a literary dinner once every two months. High-profile members include novelists Henry James, Thomas Hardy, Bret Harte, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Walter Besant, and George du Maurier.
- The Swiss publisher Birkhäuser is founded.
- W. Harrison Ainsworth - Beau Nash
- Louisa May Alcott - Jack and Jill: A Village Story
- Mary Elizabeth Braddon
- E. W. Cole - Cole's Funny Picture Book
- Wilkie Collins
- Alphonse Daudet - Kings in Exile
- Silas Hocking - Her Benny
- Joris-Karl Huysmans - Les Soeurs Vatard
- Henry James - Daisy Miller
- Reinis and Matīss Kaudzīte - Mērnieku laiki ("Times of the Land-Surveyors"; first novel in Latvian)
- Charles Kickham - Knocknagow, or The Homes of Tipperary
- Pierre Loti - Aziyadé
- George Meredith - The Egoist
- John Boyle O'Reilly - Moondyne
- Samuel Vedanayagam Pillai - Prathapa Mudaliar Charithram ("The Life of Prathapa Mudaliar", written 1857; first novel in Tamil)
- August Strindberg - The Red Room (Roda Rummet)
- Anthony Trollope
- Jules Verne
- Vasile Alecsandri - Despot-Vodă
- Edmond Gondinet - Les Tapageurs
- James Herne - Hearts of Oak
- Henrik Ibsen - A Doll's House
- George Robert Sims - Crutch and Toothpick
- Ethel Lynn Beers - All Quiet Along The Potomac and Other Poems
- Lewis Carroll - Euclid and his Modern Rivals
- Charles Darwin - The Life of Erasmus Darwin
- Gottlob Frege - Begriffsschrift
- Yngvar Nielsen - Reisehaandbog over Norge
- Robert Louis Stevenson - Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes
- January 1 - E. M. Forster, novelist and critic (died 1970)
- April 14 - James Branch Cabell, novelist (died 1958)
- September 19 - Louis Joseph Vance, novelist (died 1933)
- October 2 - Wallace Stevens, poet (died 1955)
- December 3 - Kafū Nagai, Japanese novelist (died 1959)
- December 24 - Émile Nelligan, poet (died 1941)
- March 3 - Annie Keary, novelist (born 1825)
- March 9 - Mark Prager Lindo, historian (born 1819)
- March 19 - Claire Clairmont, lover of Lord Byron (born 1798)
- April 8 - Anthony Panizzi, librarian (born 1797)
- April 21 - George Hadfield, Radical author and politician (born 1787)
- April 25 - Charles Tennyson Turner, poet (born 1808)
- July 4 - Sarah Dorsey, novelist and historian (born 1829)
- July 30 - Aasmund Olavsson Vinje, poet and journalist (born 1818)
- September 23 - Francis Kilvert, diarist (born 1840)
- October 11 - Ethel Lynn Beers, poet (born 1827)
- October 13 - Henry Charles Carey, economist (born 1793)
- October 28 - Marie Roch Louis Reybaud, political economist (born 1799)
- October 31