1898 in literature
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The year 1898 in literature involved some significant new books.
- January 13 - Émile Zola's open letter to the President of the French Republic on the Dreyfus affair, J'accuse, is published on the front page of the Paris daily newspaper L'Aurore.
- February 5–June 18 - M. P. Shiel's "Yellow Peril" novel The Empress of the Earth, written around contemporary events in China, appears in the Pearson weekly Short Stories and in book form in July as The Yellow Danger; it is frequently reprinted.
- February 23 - Émile Zola is convicted of criminal libel in connection with J'accuse, subsequently fleeing to England to escape imprisonment.
- February 25 - Première of Frank Wedekind's Earth Spirit (Erdgeist), first of his Lulu plays, in Leipzig, in a production by Carl Heine, with Wedekind himself in the role of Dr Schön.
- March 25 - O. Henry is imprisoned in Ohio Penitentiary, Columbus, for embezzlement.
- Moscow Art Theatre stages its first season under Constantin Stanislavski and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, including the successful and influential Moscow Art Theatre production of The Seagull by Chekhov (its Moscow première), opening on 29 December [O.S. 17 December] 1898.
- Peadar Ua Laoghaire's story Séadna begins serialization in Ireland as the first Irish language novel (published in book form 1904).
- Max Beerbohm succeeds George Bernard Shaw as theatre critic of The Saturday Review (London).
- Gerald Duckworth establishes the publishers Gerald Duckworth and Company in London.
- Joseph Wright's English Dialect Dictionary begins publication.
- The "Generation of '98" writers and thinkers are active in Spain.
- Elizabeth von Arnim - Elizabeth and Her German Garden
- F. W. Bain - A Digit of the Moon
- L. Frank Baum - By the Candelabra's Glare
- Arnold Bennett - A Man from the North
- Mary Elizabeth Braddon - Rough Justice
- Ralph Connor - Black Rock
- Joseph Conrad - Tales of Unrest
- Alexander Craig - Ionia
- Stephen Crane - The Open Boat and Other Tales
- Stephanus Jacobus du Toit - Die Koningin van Skeba
- Paul Laurence Dunbar - The Uncalled
- J. Meade Falkner - Moonfleet
- John Fox, Jr. - The Kentuckians
- Kenneth Grahame - Dream Days
- Maurice Hewlett - Forest Lovers
- Anthony Hope - Rupert of Hentzau
- Joris-Karl Huysmans - La Cathédrale
- Vicente Blasco Ibáñez - The Cabin
- Henry James - The Turn of the Screw
- Jerome K. Jerome - The Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellow
- Pierre Louÿs - La Femme et le pantin
- Charles Major - When Knighthood Was in Flower
- George Moore - Evelyn Innes
- Morgan Robertson - Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan
- Emilio Salgari - The Black Corsair
- Jules Verne - The Mighty Orinoco
- Mary Augusta Ward - Helbeck of Bannisdale
- Theodore Watts-Dunton - Aylwin
- H. G. Wells - The War of the Worlds
- Edward Noyes Westcott - David Harum
- Owen Wister - Lin McLean
- Charlotte Mary Yonge - The Armourer's Prentices
- Émile Zola - Paris
- Thomas Hardy - Wessex Poems and Other Verses
- Oscar Wilde (originally as "C.3.3") - The Ballad of Reading Gaol
- Ebenezer Howard - To-Morrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform
- Fred T. Jane - Jane's All the World's Fighting Ships
- Sidney Lee - A Life of William Shakespeare
- Liliʻuokalani - Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen
- Thérèse of Lisieux (posthumous) - The Story of a Soul (L'histoire d'une âme)
- February 6 - Melvin B. Tolson, poet (died 1966)
- May 23 - Scott O'Dell, children's author (died 1989)
- July 22 - Erich Maria Remarque, novelist (died 1970)
- August 23 - George Papashvily, sculptor and author (died 1978)
- September 13 - Arthur J. Burks, writer (died 1974)
- November 29 - C. S. Lewis, writer (died 1963)
- December 27 - W. C. Sellar, humorous writer (died 1951)
- January 14 - Lewis Carroll, children's author
- January 18 - Henry Liddell, co-compiler of Liddell & Scott's Greek-English Lexicon, still in use by classical scholars
- March 6 - Felice Cavallotti, politician and poet
- March 24 - George Thomas Stokes, church historian
- March 31 - Eleanor Marx, political writer and translator, daughter of Karl Marx
- May 22 - Edward Bellamy, novelist
- July 20 - Jean Ingelow, poet and novelist
- August 7 - Georg Ebers, novelist and discoverer of the "Ebers manuscript"
- August 17 - Sir William Fraser, 4th Baronet, politician, author and book collector
- September 9 - Stéphane Mallarmé, Symbolist poet
- September 20 - Theodor Fontane, novelist and poet
- September 29 - William Kingsford, historian
- December 10 - William Black, novelist
- Benedetti, Jean (1999). Stanislavski: His Life and Art (Revised ed.). London: Methuen. ISBN 0-413-52520-1.
- Welch, Robert (1996). Oxford Concise Companion to Irish Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-280080-9.
- Levant, Oscar (1969) . The Unimportance of Being Oscar. Pocket Books. p. 49. ISBN 0-671-77104-3.
- Leavis, Q. D. (1965). Fiction and the Reading Public (rev. ed.). London: Chatto & Windus.