1902 in literature
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The year 1902 in literature involved some significant new books.
- January 5
- The political drama Danton's Death (Dantons Tod, completed and published in 1835) by Georg Büchner (d. 1837), receives its première, at the Belle-Alliance-Theater in Berlin in a production by the Vereins Neue Freie Volksbühne.
- First performance of George Bernard Shaw's controversial 1893 play Mrs. Warren's Profession at a private club in London.
- April - Mark Twain purchases a home in Tarrytown, New York.
- June 4 - Mark Twain receives an honorary doctorate of literature degree from the University of Missouri.
- June 16 - Bertrand Russell writes to Gottlob Frege informing him of the mathematical problem that will become known as Russell's paradox.
- July 1 - The Romanian language literary review Luceafărul begins publication in Budapest.
- September 9 - P. G. Wodehouse leaves his job at the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Company in London to become a freelance writer.
- Early October - Beatrix Potter's self-illustrated children's book The Tale of Peter Rabbit (originally published privately a year earlier) is first published in a trade edition by Frederick Warne & Co in London. By the end of the year it sells 28,000 copies.
- October 5 - Thousands attend the funeral of French novelist Émile Zola at the Cimetière de Montmartre, Paris; they include Alfred Dreyfus, given special permission by Mme Zola to attend.
- November 4 - J. M. Barrie's comedy The Admirable Crichton is premièred at the Duke of York's Theatre in London, starring H. B. Irving, Henry Kemble and Irene Vanbrugh and running for an extremely successful 828 performances.
- December 18 - Maxim Gorky's play The Lower Depths - Scenes from Russian Life is premièred at the Moscow Arts Theatre with Konstantin Stanislavski directing and starring, his first major success.
- The Irish Literary Theatre project ends.
- L. Frank Baum - The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
- Edward Harold Begbie (as Caroline Lewis) - Clara in Blunderland
- Arnold Bennett
- Rhoda Broughton - Lavinia
- Joseph Conrad
- Marie Corelli - Temporal Power: A Study in Supremacy
- Ramón del Valle-Inclán - Sonatas: Memorias del Marqués de Bradomín - Sonata de otoño ("Sonatas: the pleasant memoirs of the Marquis of Bradomín - Autumn sonata")
- Arthur Conan Doyle - The Hound of the Baskervilles
- Paul Laurence Dunbar - The Sport of the Gods
- Hamlin Garland - The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop
- André Gide - The Immoralist
- Ellen Glasgow - The Battle-Ground
- Theodor Herzl - The Old New Land
- Violet Jacob - The Sheepstealers
- W. W. Jacobs - The Lady of the Barge (short story collection, including "The Monkey's Paw")
- Henry James - The Wings of the Dove
- Alfred Jarry - Supermale
- Mary Johnston - Audrey
- Rudyard Kipling - Just So Stories
- Jack London - A Daughter of the Snows
- George Barr McCutcheon - Brewster's Millions
- Charles Major - Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall
- A. E. W. Mason - The Four Feathers
- W. Somerset Maugham - Mrs Craddock
- Dmitri Merejkowski - The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci
- Arthur Morrison - The Hole in the Wall
- E. Nesbit - Five Children and It
- Frank Norris - The Pit (serialization)
- Luigi Pirandello - Il Turno
- Beatrix Potter - The Tale of Peter Rabbit
- W. Heath Robinson - The Adventures of Uncle Lubin
- Saki - The Westminster Alice
- Percy Sykes - Ten Thousand Miles in Persia
- Jules Verne - The Kip Brothers (Les Frères Kip)
- Eduard Vilde - Mahtra sõda ("The war in Mahtra")
- Edith Wharton - The Valley of Decision
- Owen Wister - The Virginian
- J. M. Barrie - The Admirable Crichton
- Maxim Gorky - The Lower Depths
- Maurice Maeterlinck - Monna Vanna
- Frank Wedekind - King Nicolo
- William Butler Yeats - Cathleen Ní Houlihan
Main article: 1902 in poetry
- Edwin James Brady - The Earthen Floor
- Walter de la Mare (as Walter Ramal) - Songs of Childhood
- Jane Addams - Democracy and Social Ethics
- James Allen - As a Man Thinketh
- Hilaire Belloc - The Path to Rome
- Arthur Conan Doyle - The War in South Africa: Its Cause and Conduct
- Michael Fairless - The Roadmender
- John A. Hobson - Imperialism: a study
- William James - The Varieties of Religious Experience
- Bertrand Russell - A Free Man's Worship
- William Wynn Westcott - Collectanea Hermetica is finished to be published
- January 5 - Stella Gibbons, English novelist (died 1989)
- January 20 - Nazim Hikmet, Turkish lyricist and dramatist (died 1963)
- January 30 - Nikolaus Pevsner, German-born architectural historian (died 1983)
- February 1 - Langston Hughes, poet and novelist (died 1967)
- February 19 - Kay Boyle, writer, educator, political activist (died 1992)
- February 27 - John Steinbeck, American novelist and journalist (died 1968)
- March 10 - Stefan Inglot, Polish historian (died 1994)
- March 29 - Marcel Aymé, French author (died 1967)
- April 2 - Jan Tschichold, German-born typographer (died 1974)
- April 6 - Julien Torma, French poet and dramatist (died 1933)
- April 9 - Lord David Cecil, English literary critic and biographer (died 1986)
- April 23 - Halldór Laxness, Icelandic novelist (died 1998)
- July 10 - Nicolás Guillén, Afro-Cuban poet (died 1989)
- August 15 - Katharine Brush, short story writer (died 1952)
- August 16 - Georgette Heyer, English novelist (died 1974)
- August 19 - Ogden Nash, American poet and humorist (died 1971)
- October 13 - Arna Bontemps, poet (died 1973)
- October 26 - Beryl Markham, memoirist (died 1986)
- October 31 - Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet (died 1987)
- November 1 - Nordahl Grieg, Norwegian poet and author (killed in action 1943)
- November 2 - Gyula Illyés, Hungarian author (died 1983)
- November 29 - Carlo Levi, Italian writer (died 1975)
- January 7 - Wilhelm Hertz, German poet and translator, 66
- April 6 - Gleb Uspensky, Russian writer, 58
- April 20 - Frank R. Stockton, writer and humorist, 68
- May 6 - Bret Harte, author, poet, 65
- June 10 - Jacint Verdaguer, Catalan poet, 57
- June 18 - Samuel Butler, novelist, 66
- August 31 - Mathilde Wesendonck, German poet, 73
- September 11 - Ernst Dümmler, German historian, 72
- September 19 - Masaoka Shiki, Japanese haiku poet, 35 (Pott's disease)
- September 29
- October 7 - George Rawlinson, historian, 89
- October 13 - John George Bourinot, Canadian historian, 65
- October 25 - Frank Norris, novelist, 32 (peritonitis)
- November 16 - G. A. Henty, adventure novelist, 69
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