This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1802.
- April 15 – William and Dorothy Wordsworth, walking by Ullswater, see a belt of daffodils, which inspire his poem "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud", written two years later.
- April 19 – Joseph Grimaldi first presents his white-faced clown character "Joey", at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London.
- Summer – Adam Oehlenschläger writes at one sitting the poem "Guldhornene", introducing Romanticism into Danish poetry.
- September 3 – William Wordsworth's sonnet "Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802" is written.
- October 4 – William Wordsworth marries Mary Hutchinson at Brompton, Scarborough.
- October 10 – The Edinburgh Review, a reforming quarterly, is first published.
- November 13 – The first play in English to be explicitly called a melodrama ("melodrame") is performed in London: Thomas Holcroft's Gothic A Tale of Mystery (an unacknowledged translation of de Pixerécourt's Cœlina, ou, l'enfant du mystère), at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden.
- November 15 – Washington Irving makes a first appearance in print at the age of nineteen, submitting observational letters to the New York Morning Chronicle under the name Jonathan Oldstyle.
- December 2–3 – Jane Austen accepts, then rejects, a proposal of marriage from Harris Bigg-Wither at his Hampshire home.
- Henry Boyd completes the first full English translation of Dante's Divine Comedy.
- Abraham Hyacinthe Anquetil-Duperron publishes Oupneck'hat in Latin, the first translation of the Upanishads into a Western language.
- The first part of Jippensha Ikku's picaresque novel Tōkaidōchū Hizakurige (東海道中膝栗毛, Shank's Mare) is published in Japan.
- January 9 – Catharine Parr Traill, English-Canadian memoirist and children's author (died 1899)
- February 11 – Lydia Maria Child, American abolitionist, activist, novelist, and journalist (died 1880)
- February 26 – Victor Hugo, French novelist and poet (died 1885)
- June 2 – Karl Lehrs, German classicist (died 1878)
- June 12 – Harriet Martineau, English social theorist (died 1876)
- July 10 – Robert Chambers, Scottish writer and publisher (died 1871)
- July 24 – Alexandre Dumas, père, French novelist (died 1870)
- July 28 – Winthrop Mackworth Praed, English poet (died 1839)
- August 14 - Letitia Elizabeth Landon, English poet and novelist (died 1838)
- August 25 – Nikolaus Lenau, Hungarian-born German poet (died 1850)
- November 29 – Wilhelm Hauff, German poet and novelist (died 1827)
- December 8 – Alexander Odoevsky, Russian poet (died 1839)
- December 23 – Sara Coleridge, English poet and translator (died 1852)
- December 31 – Richard Henry Horne, English poet, critic and journalist, and public official in Australia (died 1884)
- ^ "Dorothy and the daffodils". Wordsworth Trust. Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
- ^ Uglow, Jenny (1 November 2009). "The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi by Andrew McConnell". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
- ^ Gosse, Edmund (1911). . In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica. 20 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 33.
- ^ "Show me the horrid tenant of thy heart". THEA. Retrieved 2011-02-15.
- ^ Sutherland, John; Fender, Stephen (2011). Love, Sex, Death & Words: Surprising Tales from a Year in Literature. London: Icon. p. 457. ISBN 978-184831-247-0.
- ^ Sylvia Bowerbank, "Southcott, Joanna (1750–1814)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, UK: OUP, 2004) Retrieved 25 April 2017.