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This article contains information about the literary events and publications of 1811.
- March 25 – The University of Oxford expels the first-year undergraduate Percy Bysshe Shelley after he and Thomas Jefferson Hogg refuse to answer questions on The Necessity of Atheism, a pamphlet they have published anonymously. Earlier this year, Shelley, as "A Gentleman of the University of Oxford", has published in London Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things, containing a 172-line anti-monarchy, anti-war poem in support of Peter Finnerty (jailed this year for libel against Lord Castlereagh) and dedicated to Harriet Westbrook. Shelley's Gothic fiction St. Irvyne; or, The Rosicrucian: A Romance, published under the same designation and dated this year was actually issued in December 1810.
- June – Walter Scott buys a farm at Abbotsford, Scotland, and commences building his future residence, Abbotsford House.
- October 30 – Jane Austen publishes her first novel: Sense and Sensibility ("by a lady") at her own expense in three volumes, priced at 15 shillings, in Thomas Egerton's Military Library (Whitehall, London).
- November 4 – Lord Byron meets Thomas Campbell and Thomas Moore at the home of Samuel Rogers, where the company discusses literary topics.
- November 21 – German poet Heinrich von Kleist shoots his terminally ill lover Henriette Vogel and then himself, on the shore of the Kleiner Wannsee near Potsdam.
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- January 9 – Gilbert Abbott à Beckett, English humorist (died 1856)
- February 1 – Arthur Henry Hallam, English poet (died 1833)
- February 19 – Jules Sandeau, French dramatist and novelist (died 1883)
- February 27 – Alexandru Hrisoverghi, Moldavian poet and translator (died 1837)
- June 14 – Harriet Beecher Stowe, American novelist and abolitionist (died 1896)
- July 9 – Fanny Fern, American journalist, novelist and children's writer (died 1872)
- July 18 – William Makepeace Thackeray, English novelist and satirist (died 1863)
- August 31 – Théophile Gautier, French poet and novelist (died 1872)
- September 17 – August Blanche, Swedish writer and statesman (died 1868)
- October 19 – Andreas Munch, Norwegian poet (died 1884)
- January 10 – Joseph Chénier, French poet and dramatist (born 1764)
- March 7 – Juraj Fándly, Slovak non-fiction writer, entomologist and priest (born 1750)
- May 7 – Richard Cumberland, English dramatist (born 1732)
- July 28 – Heinrich Joseph von Collin, Austrian dramatist (born 1771)
- September 14 – James Grahame, Scottish poet (born 1765)
- September 30 – Thomas Percy, English ballad collector and bishop (born 1729)
- November 21 – Heinrich von Kleist, German poet (suicide, born 1777)
- December 19 – Marjorie Fleming, Scottish child writer (born 1803 in literature)
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- ^ "Pride and Prejudice Economics: Or Why a Single Man with a Fortune of £4,000 Per Year is a Desirable Husband". Jane Austen's World. 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
- ^ Stein, Sadie. "Final Chapter". Paris Review. Paris Review. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
- ^ Patented in 1810.Meggs, Philip B. (1998). A History of Graphic Design. Wiley. pp. 130–133. ISBN 0-471-29198-6.
- ^ Oskar Bandle; Kurt Braunmüller; Ernst Hakon Jahr (2002). The Nordic Languages: An International Handbook of the History of the North Germanic Languages. Walter de Gruyter. p. 430. ISBN 978-3-11-014876-3.
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- ^ Norwegian and Swedish Poems. 1872. p. 78.
- ^ Adolf von Wilbrandt (1863). Heinrich von Kleist. [A biography.] (in German). p. 408.
- ^ Sutherland, Kathryn (2004). "Fleming, Marjory (1803–1811), child diarist". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/9707. Retrieved 26 March 2019. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)