1883 in literature
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The year 1883 in literature involved some significant new books.
- January 13 - World première of Henrik Ibsen's play An Enemy of the People (En folkefiende; 1882) at the Christiania Theatre.
- May 23 - Robert Louis Stevenson's children's pirate adventure novel Treasure Island is first published in book format, by Cassell in London.
- June 30–October 20 - Robert Louis Stevenson's novel The Black Arrow: A Tale of Tunstall Forest is serialized in the British magazine Young Folks as by "Captain George North". Stevenson completes writing it at the end of the summer in France.
- August - The first Carnegie library is opened in Andrew Carnegie's hometown, Dunfermline, Scotland.
- Mark Twain's memoirs Life on the Mississippi, published simultaneously in Boston (Massachusetts) and London, is the first substantial book submitted to a publisher as a typewritten manuscript.
- The Deutsches Theater company is formed in Berlin.
- The Modern Language Association forms.
- Mary Elizabeth Braddon - Phantom Fortune
- Rhoda Broughton - Belinda
- Wilkie Collins - Heart and Science
- Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam - Contes cruels
- Alexander Kielland - Gift ("Poison")
- Jonas Lie - Familien paa Gilje ("The Gilje family")
- John Macnie as "Ismar Thiusen" - The Diothas; or, A Far Look Ahead
- Mary E. Mann - The Parish of Hilby
- Guy de Maupassant - Une Vie
- George A. Moore - A Modern Lover
- Friedrich Nietzsche - Also sprach Zarathustra (publication begins)
- Howard Pyle - The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
- Sir Thomas Wemyss Reid - Gladys Fane
- Robert Louis Stevenson - Treasure Island (book publication)
- Annie Shepherd Swan - Aldersyde
- Giovanni Verga - Novelle rusticane ("Rustic novellas", "Little novels of Sicily")
- Jules Verne - Kéraban the Inflexible
- Frances Hodgson Burnett and William Gillette - Esmeralda
- François Coppée - Severo Torelli
- George Robert Sims - In the Ranks
- August Strindberg - Lycko-Pers resa ("Lucky Peter's Travels" or "Lucky Pehr")
- Oscar Wilde - Vera; or, The Nihilists (first performed)
- William Young - The Rajah; or Wyncot's Ward
Main article: 1883 in poetry
- Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy (posthumous) - History of the Russian State from Gostomysl to Timashev (parody)
- Hall Caine - Cobwebs of Criticism
- Thomas Hill Green (died 1882) - Prolegomena to Ethics
- Alfred Percy Sinnett - Esoteric Buddhism
- John Addington Symonds - A Problem in Greek Ethics: an inquiry into the phenomenon of sexual inversion, addressed especially to medical psychologists and jurists
- Mark Twain - Life on the Mississippi
- January 1 – Alberto Gerchunoff, Argentine writer (died 1949)
- January 6 – Khalil Gibran, Lebanese-born poet and novelist writing in Arabic and English (died 1931)
- January 10 – Aleksei Tolstoy, Russian writer (died 1945)
- February 15 – Sax Rohmer (Arthur Henry Ward), English novelist (died 1959)
- March 9 – Umberto Saba, Italian poet and novelist (died 1957)
- April 30 – Jaroslav Hašek, Czech novelist (died 1923)
- June 3 – Franz Kafka, Czech novelist (died 1924)
- June 4 – Joseph Jefferson Farjeon, English crime writer (died 1955)
- December 30 – Marie Gevers, Belgian novelist writing in French (died 1975)
- January 21 – Anna Eliza Bray, English novelist (born 1790)
- March 14 – Karl Marx, German philosopher (born 1818)
- April 24 – Jules Sandeau, French novelist (born 1811)
- May 23 – Cyprian Norwid, Polish poet, dramatist and artist (born 1821)
- June 20 – Gustave Aimard, French novelist (born 1818)
- July 16 – Edward Backhouse Eastwick, Anglo-Indian orientalist and translator (born 1814)
- August 31 – Levin Schücking, German novelist (born 1814)
- September 2 – Léon Halévy, French historian and dramatist (born 1802)
- September 3 – Ivan Turgenev, Russian novelist (born 1818)
- December 13 – Victor de Laprade, French poet and critic (born 1812)