1887 in literature
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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1887.
- February – Oscar Wilde publishes "The Canterville Ghost", his first short story, in The Court and Society Review.
- March 30 – Théâtre Libre, established to promote naturalism in theatre by André Antoine, gives its first performances in Paris, originally as an amateur ensemble.
- November – Arthur Conan Doyle's first detective novel, A Study in Scarlet, is published in Beeton's Christmas Annual by Ward Lock & Co. in London, introducing the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and his friend and chronicler Dr. Watson (illustrated by D. H. Friston).
- December 5 – Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (1886) comes into effect.
- Futabatei Shimei writes and begins to publish The Drifting Cloud (浮雲, Ukigumo), the first modern novel in Japan.
- George Hutchinson establishes Hutchinson & Co. as a publisher in London.
- John Lane and Elkin Mathews set up in partnership under the name The Bodley Head in London, originally as antiquarian booksellers.
- Herman Bang – Stucco (Stuk)
- Mary Elizabeth Braddon – Cut by the County
- Hall Caine – The Deemster
- Marie Corelli – Thelma
- F. Marion Crawford – Saracinesca
- Anna Bowman Dodd – The Republic of the Future
- Arthur Conan Doyle – A Study in Scarlet
- Édouard Dujardin – Les Lauriers sont coupés, an early example of the stream of consciousness narrative mode
- Benito Pérez Galdós – Fortunata y Jacinta (publication completed)
- Enrique Gaspar – El anacronópete, the first work of fiction to feature a time machine
- H. Rider Haggard – Allan Quatermain
- Thomas Hardy – The Woodlanders
- W. H. Hudson – A Crystal Age
- Joris-Karl Huysmans – En rade ("Becalmed"; serialization concludes & book publication)
- Pierre Loti – Madame Chrysanthème
- Paolo Mantegazza – Testa
- Appu Nedungadi – Kundalatha (കുന്ദലത)
- Bolesław Prus – The Doll (Lalka; serialization begins)
- José Rizal – Noli Me Tangere
- Futabatei Shimei – The Drifting Cloud
- August Strindberg – The People of Hemsö (Hemsöborna)
- Jules Verne
- O. F. Walton – A Peep Behind the Scenes
- Émile Zola – La Terre ("The Earth")
- Anton Chekhov – Ivanov
- Arthur Wing Pinero – Dandy Dick
- Victorien Sardou – La Tosca
- August Strindberg – The Father
- Thomas Russell Sullivan – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, adapted from the 1886 Robert Louis Stevenson novella, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
- Mikhail Bakunin – God and the State
- Hall Caine – Life of Samuel Coleridge Taylor
- Charles Darwin – The Autobiography of Charles Darwin (posthumously published)
- Julius Dresser – The True History of Mental Science
- Friedrich Engels (translated by Florence Kelley) – The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844 (first English language edition, published in the United States)
- Franz Hartmann – The Life of Philippus Theophrastus Bombast of Hohenheim, better known by the name of Paracelsus, and the substance of his teachings
- Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers – The Kabbalah Unveiled
- Friedrich Nietzsche – On the Genealogy of Morality
- A. E. Waite – The Real History of the Rosicrucians
- L. L. Zamenhof – Unua Libro
- February 1 – Charles Nordhoff, English-born author (died 1947)
- February 3 – Georg Trakl, Austrian poet (died of overdose 1914)
- February 11 – John van Melle, South African writer (died 1953)
- February 18 – Nikos Kazantzakis, Greek poet (died 1957)
- March 3 – Rupert Brooke, English poet (died on active service 1915)
- March 9 – Ion Buzdugan, Romanian poet and political figure (died 1967)
- March 14 – Sylvia Beach (Nancy Woodbridge Beach), American publisher and memoirist (died 1962)
- May 15 – Edwin Muir, Scottish poet and translator (died 1959)
- June 2 – Orrick Glenday Johns, American poet and playwright (died 1946)
- September 1 – Blaise Cendrars (Frédéric-Louis Sauser), Swiss-born French writer (died 1961)
- February 10 – Mrs Henry Wood (Ellen Wood), English novelist (born 1814)
- April 23 – John Ceiriog Hughes, Welsh poet and folk song collector (born 1832)
- May 4 – William Murdoch, Scottish-born Canadian poet (born 1823)
- August 20 – Jules Laforgue, French poet (born 1860)
- August 25 – Emma Jane Guyton (Worboise), English novelist and magazine editor (born 1825)
- October 12 – Dinah Craik, English novelist and poet (born 1826)
- November 2 – Alfred Domett, English-born New Zealand poet and politician (born 1811)
- November 19 – Emma Lazarus, American poet (born 1849)
- December 5 – Eliza Roxcy Snow, American poet (born 1804)
- Unknown date – Frances Browne, Irish poet and novelist (born 1816)
- Westcott, Kathryn (2011-04-09). "HG Wells or Enrique Gaspar: Whose time machine was first?". BBC News. Retrieved 2011-04-09.