1804 in literature
This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1804.
- March 17 – The first performance of Friedrich Schiller's play Wilhelm Tell takes place at Weimar under the direction of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
- April 15 – John Keats' father, a stable worker, dies of a fractured skull, after falling from his horse while returning from visiting John at school.
- May – Samuel Taylor Coleridge travels to Attard in Malta, where he obtains employment as Acting Public Secretary.
- James Mill publishes An Essay on the Impolicy of a Bounty on the Exportation of Grain, a pamphlet critical of the corn trade.
- William Wordsworth writes the poem "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud".
- German Gerhard Bonnier begins a publishing business in Copenhagen (Denmark) by issuing Underfulde og sandfærdige kriminalhistorier, origin of the Swedish Bonnier Group.
- Mir Amman – Bagh o Buhar, a Translation into the Hindoostanee Tongue of the Celebrated Persian Tale "Qissui Chuhar Durwesh" "by Meer Ummun"
- Sophie Ristaud Cottin – Malvina
- Rachel Hunter -The Unexpected Legacy
- William Henry Ireland – The Sepulchral Summons
- Mary Meeke
- The Nine Days' Wonder
- Amelia Opie – Adeline Mowbray
- Ōta Nanpo (大田 南畝) and others – Shokusanjin ennyo meisekishu (Collection of Shokusanjin memorabilia)
- Anna Maria Porter – The Lake of Killarney
- François Guillaume Ducray-Duminil
- Elmonde, ou la Fille de l'hospice (Edmonde, the charity girl)
- Jules, ou le Toit paternel (Jules, or Under his father's roof)
- Maria Edgeworth – Popular Tales
- Eliza Fenwick – Mary and Her Cat
- Ann Taylor and Jane Taylor – Original Poems for Infant Minds by several young persons, Vol. 1
- Friedrich von Schiller – Wilhelm Tell
- Friedrich Hölderlin – translations of the dramas of Sophocles (published)
- William Blake – Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion
- William Lisle Bowles – The Spirit of Discovery
- Kirsha Danilov – The Ancient Russian Poems
- Thomas Brown – Inquiry into the Relation of Cause and Effect
- John Wilson Croker – Familiar Epistles to J. F. Jones, Esquire, on the State of the Irish Stage
- Jakob Friedrich Fries – System der Philosophie als evidente Wissenschaft
- Jacques Labillardière – Novae Hollandiae Plantarum Specimen
- James Maitland, 8th Earl of Lauderdale – Inquiry into the Nature and Origin of Public Wealth
- July 1 – George Sand (Lucile Aurore Dupin), French novelist and memoirist (died 1876)
- July 4 – Nathaniel Hawthorne, American novelist (died 1864)
- September 8 – Eduard Mörike, German poet (died 1875)
- November 6 – Benjamin Hall Kennedy, English classicist (died 1880)
- December 10 – Eugène Sue, French novelist (died 1857)
- December 21 – Benjamin Disraeli, English novelist and prime minister (died 1881)
- January 4 – Charlotte Lennox, English novelist and playwright (born c. 1730)
- January 11 – James Tytler, Scottish American editor of Encyclopædia Britannica (born 1745)
- February 6 – Joseph Priestley, English natural philosopher and theologian (born 1733)
- February 12 – Immanuel Kant, German philosopher (born 1724)
- February 19 – Philip Yorke, Welsh antiquary and genealogist (born 1743)
- April 3 – Jędrzej Kitowicz, Polish historian and diarist (born c. 1727)
- April 27 – Jonathan Boucher, English philologist (born 1738)
- May 3 – Celestyn Czaplic, Polish poet and politician (born 1723)
- August 9 – Robert Potter, English translator, poet and cleric (born 1721)
- August 13 – Anica Bošković, Ragusan writer (born 1714)
- November 5 – Betje Wolff, Dutch novelist (born 1738)
- November 23 – Richard Graves, English poet and novelist (born 1715)
- December 9 – Wilhelm Abraham Teller, German theologian (born 1734)
- December – John Boydell, English Shakespeare illustrator and engraver (born 1720)
- Unknown dates
- "Friedrich Schillers Wilhelm Tell". Tellspiele Interlaken (in German). Retrieved 27 August 2018.
- "Mapping Keats's Progress". hcmc.uvic.ca. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
- Barry Hough; Howard Davis; Lydia Davis (1 January 2010). Coleridge's Laws: A Study of Coleridge in Malta. Open Book Publishers. pp. 28–. ISBN 978-1-906924-12-6.
- An essay of the impolicy of a bounty on the exportation of grain, 1804.
- "Icons, a portrait of England 1800-1820". Archived from the original on 17 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
- Creating Nordic Capitalism: The Development of a Competitive Periphery. Palgrave Macmillan. 16 September 2017. pp. 78–. ISBN 978-1-137-07137-8.