1853 in literature
This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1853.
- September – The 20th and final instalment of Charles Dickens's Bleak House is published, followed shortly by its book publication.
- November 25 – English poet Alfred Tennyson settles at Farringford House on the Isle of Wight.
- Poet Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald completes the Estonian national epic Kalevipoeg but it is unpublishable at this time in its original form due to Russian censorship.
- Abraham Mapu's historical novel Ahavat Zion ("Love of Zion"), set in ancient Israel and self-published in Kaunas (Lithuania), is the first narrative novel in the Hebrew language.
- An adaptation of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice into Bengali, Bhānumatī-chittavilās by Hara Chandra Ghosh, is staged; also, Dinabandhu Mitra introduces Falstaff in Nabin Tapaswini.
- Uriah Maggs establishes what will become the antiquarian bookselling business of Maggs Bros Ltd in London.
- Edward Bradley (as Cuthbert Bede) – The Adventures of Mr. Verdant Green
- Charlotte Brontë – Villette
- William Wells Brown – Clotel; or, The President's Daughter
- Martha Haines Butt – Antifanaticism: A Tale of the South
- Charles Dickens – Bleak House
- Alexandre Dumas, père – La Comtesse de Charny
- Elizabeth Gaskell
- Sarah J. Hale – Liberia; or, Mr. Peyton's Experiments
- Caroline Lee Hentz – Helen and Arthur
- Charles Kingsley – Hypatia
- Sheridan Le Fanu – An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street
- Maria McIntosh – The Lofty and the Lowly, or Good in All and None All Good
- Abraham Mapu – Ahavat Zion
- Herman Melville – Bartleby, the Scrivener
- Susanna Moodie – Life in the Clearings
- Gérard de Nerval – Sylvie
- J. W. Page – Uncle Robin, in His Cabin in Virginia, and Tom Without One in Boston
- Charles Reade
- George Sand – Les Maîtres sonneurs
- Elizabeth Sara Sheppard - Charles Auchester
- Robert Smith Surtees – Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour
- Vidi – Mr. Frank, the Underground Mail-Agent
- George J. Whyte-Melville – Digby Grand
- Charlotte M. Yonge – The Heir of Redclyffe
Children and young people
- Gustav Freytag – Die Journalisten
- Alexander Ostrovsky – The Poor Bride (Бедная невеста, Bednaya nevesta)
- Charles Reade – Gold
- George Sand – Le Pressoir
- Álvares de Azevedo – Lira dos Vinte Anos (published posthumously)
- Matthew Arnold – The Scholar Gipsy
- Victor Hugo – Les Châtiments
- Arthur de Gobineau – An Essay on the Inequality of the Human Races (Essai sur l'inégalité des races humaines), vol. 1
- Judge Edmonds, George Dexter – Spiritualism
- Johann Jakob Herzog – Real-Encyklopädie für protestantische Theologie und Kirche (Encyclopedia of Protestant Theology and Churches) begins publication
- Ferdinand Hoefer (ed.) – Nouvelle Biographie Générale, vol. 1
- George Holyoake – Christianity and Secularism. Report of a Debate between the Rev. Bruin Grant B.A. and George Jacob Holyoake Esq.
- Solomon Northup – Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana
- Karl Rosenkrantz – Aesthetic of Ugliness (Aesthetik des Hässlichen)
- Hippolyte Taine – Essai sur les fables de La Fontaine
- April 17 – Mrs. Henry Clarke (Amy Key), English historical novelist and children's writer (died 1908)
- April 23 – Thomas Nelson Page, American writer and lawyer (died 1922)
- April 27 – Jules Lemaître, French dramatist and critic (died 1914)
- May 3 – E. W. Howe (Edgar Watson Howe), American author and editor (died 1937)
- May 14 – Hall Caine, British novelist and playwright (died 1931)
- July 27 – Clementina Black, English novelist and political writer (died 1922)
- September 14 – Radu Rosetti, Romanian politician, historical novelist and memoirist (died 1926)
- November 1 – Lie Kim Hok, Dutch East Indian Chinese journalist, novelist, poet and translator (died 1912)
- Unknown date – Dharmavaram Ramakrishnamacharyulu, Telugu dramatist (died 1912)
- January 26 – Sylvester Judd, American novelist (born 1813)
- February 3 – August Kopisch, German poet (born 1799)
- April 4 – James Scholefield, classicist (born 1789)
- April 28 – Ludwig Tieck, German poet, novelist and translator (born 1773)
- May 3 – Juan Donoso Cortés, Spanish diplomat and writer (born 1809)
- June 4 – Pavel Katenin, Russian classicist, poet and dramatist (born 1792)
- September 5 – Georges Depping, German-French historian (born 1784)
- October 29 – Thomas Jonathan Wooler, English satirist (born 1786)
- December 2 – Amelia Opie, English poet and novelist (born 1769)
- Pinion, F. B. (1990). "1853". A Tennyson Chronology. Basingstoke: Macmillan. p. 66. ISBN 0-333-46020-0.
- Its full title is Nouvelle Biographie Générale, depuis les temps les plus reculés jusqu'a nos jours, avec les renseignements bibliographiques et l'indication des sources a consulter ("New General Biography, from earliest times to the present, with bibliographic information and details of sources to consult").
- Text: Retrieved 13 April 2017.