1903 in literature
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The year 1903 in literature involved some significant literary events and new books.
- January–December - Henry James's novel The Ambassadors is serialized in the monthly North American Review.
- May 22 - Japanese philosophy student Misao Fujimura (藤村操, born 1886) carves a poem into a tree at Kegon Falls before committing suicide over unrequited love.
- June - Jack London's novel The Call of the Wild begins serialization in the Saturday Evening Post.
- October 24 - Mark Twain moves to Florence (Italy).
- December - The Prix Goncourt for French literature is awarded for the first time, to John Antoine Nau for his novel Force ennemie.
- December 16 - The London County Council erects a plaque to novelist Charles Dickens (d. 1870) on his former home in Doughty Street.
- William Foyle and his brother Gilbert establish the London bookselling business of Foyles.
- Pío Baroja - El Mayorazgo de Labra ("The Lord of Labraz", second of La Tierra Vasca ("The Basque Country") trilogy, 1900–1909)
- L. Frank Baum - The Enchanted Island of Yew
- Thio Tjin Boen - Tjerita Oeij Se
- René Boylesve - Enfant à la Balustrade
- Samuel Butler (died 1902) - The Way of All Flesh
- Robert Erskine Childers - The Riddle of the Sands
- Joseph Conrad - Typhoon and Other Stories (U.K. book publication)
- Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Hueffer - Romance
- John Fox, Jr. - The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come
- Mary E. Wilkins Freeman - The Wind in the Rose Bush
- George Gissing - The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft
- Henry James - The Ambassadors
- Jack London - The Call of the Wild
- John Antoine Nau - Force ennemie
- Frank Norris - The Pit (posthumous book publication)
- Marmaduke Pickthall - Said the Fisherman
- Beatrix Potter - The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin
- Bram Stoker - The Jewel of Seven Stars
- Jules Verne - Traveling Scholarships
- Mary Augusta Ward - Lady Rose's Daughter
- Kate Douglas Wiggin - Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
- Émile Zola - Vérité
- Jerzy Żuławski - Na Srebrnym Globie ("On the Silver Globe", first of the Trylogia Księżycowa ("Lunar Trilogy"))
- Dusé Mohamed Ali - The Jew's Revenge
- George Bernard Shaw - Man and Superman (published)
- J.M. Synge - In the Shadow of the Glen
Main article: 1903 in poetry
- Giovanni Pascoli - Canti di Castelvecchio
- Thomas Traherne (died 1674) - Poetical Works
- W. B. Yeats - In the Seven Woods, being poems of the Irish heroic age
- Ada Cambridge - Thirty Years in Australia
- E. K. Chambers - The Mediaeval Stage
- W. E. B. Du Bois - The Souls of Black Folk
- Auguste Escoffier - Le guide culinaire
- G. E. Moore - Principia Ethica
- John Morley - The Life of Gladstone
- W. B. Yeats - Ideas of Good and Evil (essays)
- January 10 – E. Arnot Robertson, English novelist and broadcaster (died 1961)
- February 11 – Alan Paton, South African novelist and activist (died 1988)
- February 13 – Georges Simenon, Belgian crime writer (died 1989)
- February 21 – Raymond Queneau, French poet (died 1976)
- February 22 – Morley Callaghan, Canadian writer (died 1990)
- February 24
- June 8 – Marguerite Yourcenar, Belgian novelist (died 1987)
- June 18 – Raymond Radiguet, French author (died 1923)
- July 10 – John Wyndham, English science fiction writer (died 1969)
- September 5 – János Kemény, American-born Transylvanian Hungarian writer (died 1971)
- September 14 – Mart Raud, Estonian poet, playwright and writer (died 1980)
- October 17 – Nathanael West, American novelist and screenwriter (died 1940)
- December 6 (November 23 OS) – Gaito Gazdanov, Russian-born novelist (died 1971)
- December 10 – William Plomer (Robert Pagan), South African novelist, poet and literary editor (died 1973)
- December 13 - Todhunter Ballard, American novelist (died 1980)
- January 22 – Augustus Hare, English biographer and travel writer (born 1834)
- February 8 – Ada Ellen Bayly, English novelist (born 1857)
- March 6 – Gaston Paris, French literary critic and scholar (born 1839)
- March 14 – Ernest Legouvé, French dramatist (born 1807)
- May 12 – Richard Henry Stoddard, American critic and poet (born 1825)
- May 25 – Max O'Rell (Léon Paul Blouet), French journalist (born 1847)
- April 29 – Paul Du Chaillu, French American travel writer (born c. 1831)
- July 11 – W. E. Henley, English poet (tuberculosis, born 1847)
- August 31 – William Hastie, Scottish theologian (born 1842)
- September 1 – Charles Bernard Renouvier, French philosopher (born 1815)
- October 4 – Otto Weininger, Austrian philosopher (suicide, born 1880)
- November 1 – Theodor Mommsen, German classical scholar and historian (born 1817)
- November 19 – Hugh Stowell Scott (Henry Seton Merriman), English novelist (born 1862)
- December 28 – George Gissing, English novelist (emphysema, born 1857)