This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1818.
- January 1 – Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus is first published anonymously in London.
- January 8 – Lord Byron, in Venice, sends the final part of Childe Harold to his publisher.
- January 11 – Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem "Ozymandias" is published in Leigh Hunt's weekly The Examiner (London; p. 24) under the pen name 'Glirastes'; Horace Smith's contribution to the same informal sonnet-writing competition, "On a Stupendous Leg of Granite, Discovered Standing by Itself in the Deserts of Egypt, with the Inscription Inserted Below" is published on February 1 under his initials.
- January – Samuel Taylor Coleridge delivers a series of lectures on poetry, drama and philosophy, beginning with Shakespeare's Hamlet.
- March 12 – Percy Bysshe Shelley, his wife Mary and her stepsister Claire Clairmont leave England for Italy, where they intend to take Claire's illegitimate child Alba to her father, Lord Byron.
- April 11 – John Keats and Samuel Taylor Coleridge go for a walk on Hampstead Heath. In a letter to his brother George, Keats writes that they talked about "a thousand things... nightingales, poetry, poetical sensation, metaphysics."
- May 11 – The Old Vic is founded as the Royal Coburg Theatre in South London by James King, Daniel Dunn and John T. Serres.
- June–August – Keats and his friend Charles Armitage Brown make a walking tour of Scotland (including a visit to Burns Cottage), Ireland and the English Lake District.
- July 18 – Walter Scott's historical novel The Heart of Midlothian is published as Tales of My Landlord, 2nd series, by 'Jedediah Cleishbotham', in 4 volumes; a shipload from John Ballantyne (publisher) is sent from Edinburgh to London.
- August 28 – The National Library of Iceland is established as Íslands stiftisbókasafn at the instigation of Danish antiquarian Carl Christian Rafn and the Icelandic Literary Society.
- September 19 – Lord Byron writes to Thomas Moore saying he has completed the first canto of Don Juan, begun on July 3.
- November – Fanny Brawne first meets John Keats, at the home of Charles Armitage Brown.
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