1815 in literature
This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1815.
- January 2 – Lord Byron marries Anna Isabella Milbanke at Seaham, County Durham.
- April 7 – Lord Byron and Walter Scott meet for the first time, in the offices of publisher John Murray, 50 Albemarle Street in London.
- May – First publication of the North American Review.
- June 15 – The Duchess of Richmond's ball is held in Brussels on the night before the Battle of Quatre Bras (and three nights before the Battle of Waterloo) by Charlotte, Duchess of Richmond for her son, the writer Lord William Lennox. It subsequently features in literary works by Lord Byron, William Makepeace Thackeray, Charles Lever, Georgette Heyer, Bernard Cornwell and Julian Fellowes.
- December 23
- Jane Austen's novel Emma is published anonymously by John Murray in London dated 1816. About 1500 copies sell over the next 5 years.
- Polish scholar and adventurer Count Jan Potocki, believing that he is becoming a werewolf, shoots himself with a silver bullet, leaving his novel The Manuscript Found in Saragossa incomplete.
- Thomas Love Peacock's first novel Headlong Hall is published anonymously by Thomas Hookham in London, dated 1816.
- First complete publication of the Old English epic poem Beowulf, in a Latin translation by Icelandic-Danish scholar Grímur Jónsson Thorkelin.
- The second volume of the first edition of the Brothers Grimm's Grimms' Fairy Tales is dated this year but published late in 1814.
- The United States Library of Congress, destroyed in the 1814 Burning of Washington, is re-established by purchase of the personal library of ex-President Thomas Jefferson.
- Jane Austen – Emma
- Sarah Green – The Fugitive
- Elizabeth Gunning – The Victims of Seduction
- Ann Hatton – Secret Avengers
- Mary Hays – The Brothers, or Consequences
- E. T. A. Hoffmann – The Devil's Elixirs (Die Elixiere des Teufels)
- Barbara Hofland – A Father as He Should Be
- Christian Isobel Johnstone – Clan-Albin: A National Tale
- Mary Meeke – The Spanish Campaign
- Thomas Love Peacock – Headlong Hall
- Mary Pilkington – The Unfortunate Choice
- Jane Porter – The Pastor's Fireside
- Regina Marie Roche – Edinburg; a Novel
- Walter Scott – Guy Mannering (anonymous)
- Catherine Smith – Barozzi or the Venetian Sorceress: A Romance of the Sixteenth Century
- Elizabeth Thomas – The Baron of Falconberg
- Barbarina Brand – Ina, a tragedy in five acts
- Bernhard Severin Ingemann – Blanca
- James Sheridan Knowles – Caius Gracchus
- Jane Scott – The Gipsy Girl
- Eugène Scribe and Delestre Poirson – Une Nuit de la Garde nationale
- Pierre-Jean de Béranger – Chansons I
- Lord Byron – Hebrew Melodies
- Walter Scott – The Field of Waterloo
- Percy Bysshe Shelley – Alastor, or The Spirit of Solitude
- William Wordsworth – The White Doe of Rylstone
- Simón Bolívar – Letter to Jamaica (September 6)
- George Cavendish – The Life and Death of Cardinal Wolsey
- Alexander von Humboldt – Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Continent during the Years 1799–1804 (first edition in French, seven volumes up to 1826)
- Les Jeux des Jeunes Garçons
- John Malcolm – The History of Persia, from the Most Early Period to the Present Time
- Thomas Malthus – An Inquiry into the Nature and Progress of Rent
- February 19 – Elizabeth Missing Sewell, English novelist and educationist (died 1906)
- April 24 – Anthony Trollope, English novelist (died 1882)
- April 25 – Richard William Church, English biographer and cleric (died 1890)
- May 5 – Eugène Marin Labiche, French dramatist (died 1888)
- July 17 – Thekla Knös, Swedish poet (died 1880)
- August 1 – Marițica Bibescu, Wallachian poet and literary patron (died 1859)
- October 4 – Franz Jakob Clemens, German philosopher (died 1862)
- November 5 – Martins Pena, Brazilian dramatist (died 1848)
- November 17 – Eliza Farnham, American novelist and reformer (died 1864)
- December 10 – Augusta Ada King (née Byron), Countess of Lovelace, English mathematician and writer on computing (died 1852)
- December 20 – James Legge, Scottish sinologist, missionary and translator (died 1897)
- Unknown date – Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai, Tamil scholar and poet (died 1876)
- January 21 – Matthias Claudius (Asmus), German poet (born 1740)
- January 30 – Hans Christian Amberg, Danish lexicographer (born 1749)
- November 2 – Gottlieb Christoph Harless, German bibliographer (born 1738)
- November 11 – Pierre-Louis Ginguené, French writer and critic (born 1748)
- November 17 – Dorothea Viehmann, German fairy-story teller (born 1755)
- December 20 – Giovanni Meli, Sicilian poet (born 1740)
- December 23 – Jan Potocki, Polish polymath (born 1761)
- The following works are set around the time of the Battle of Waterloo
- Lord Byron's poem Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto III (1816)
- Robert Southey's poem The Poet's Pilgrimage to Waterloo (1816)
- Charlotte Caroline Richardson's Waterloo, a Poem on the Late Victory (1817)
- William Hamilton Maxwell's Stories from Waterloo (1834)
- Stendhal's novel The Charterhouse of Parma (La Chartreuse de Parme, 1839)
- William Makepeace Thackeray's novel Vanity Fair (1847–48)
- Victor Hugo's poem "L'Expiation" (in Les Châtiments, 1853); his novel Les Misérables (1862) opens at this time
- Arthur Conan Doyle's novel The Great Shadow (1892) and some of his adventures of Brigadier Gerard (1902)
- Thomas Hardy's epic verse drama The Dynasts (1904–08)
- Georgette Heyer's novel An Infamous Army (1937)
- Bernard Cornwell's novel Sharpe's Waterloo (1990)
- Winston Graham's novel The Twisted Sword (1990)
- "The Byron Chronology, 1814-1816". Romantic Circles. University of Maryland. Retrieved 2013-11-21.
- Sutherland, John; Fender, Stephen (2011). "15 June". Love, Sex, Death & Words: surprising tales from a year in literature. London: Icon. pp. 228–9. ISBN 978-184831-247-0.
- Longford, Elizabeth. "194". In Hastings, Max (ed.). The Oxford Book of Military Anecdotes. pp. 230–234.
- Advertisement in The Morning Chronicle 25 December 1815 p. 1.
- Howe, Justin (2009-03-10). "Jan Potocki and the Manuscript Found in Saragossa". Tor.com. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
- "Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866)". Encyclopædia Britannica. 21 (11th ed.). 1911. p. 22.
- "The History of Persia, from the Most Early Period to the Present Time". World Digital Library. 1815. Retrieved 2013-10-02.