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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1832.
- February 4 – Chambers's Edinburgh Journal is established by William Chambers.
- March 31 – Tait's Edinburgh Magazine is established by William Tait.
- May 21 – Washington Irving returns to the United States after living in Europe for seventeen years.
- September 21 – Scottish historical novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott dies aged 61 at his home, Abbotsford House, leaving his novel The Siege of Malta unfinished; he is buried in the grounds of Dryburgh Abbey with Presbyterian and Episcopalian ministers in attendance. His novels Count Robert of Paris and Castle Dangerous are published this year. On the same day, English poet and novelist Anna Maria Porter dies of typhus in Bristol aged 53.
- December (or January 1833) – Richard Bentley (publisher), having purchased the remaining copyrights to all of Jane Austen's novels from her sister Cassandra, begins to return them to print (for the first time since 1820) in five illustrated volumes as part of his Standard Novels series.
- William Ticknor co-founds the publishing house that will become Ticknor and Fields, a predecessor of Houghton Mifflin, in Boston, Massachusetts.
- James Atkinson makes the first translation from Persian into English of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh, The Sha Nameh of the Persian Poet Firdausi, translated and abridged in prose and verse with notes and illustrations; printed for the Oriental Translation Fund of Great Britain and Ireland; sold by John Murray.
- The first Baedeker guidebook, Voyage du Rhin de Mayence à Cologne, by Karl Baedeker in Koblenz (his adaptation of J. A. Klein's Rheinreise von Mainz bis Cöln of 1828) is published without a date.
- Ramón de Mesonero Romanos (as 'El Curioso Parlante') begins writing his series of Escenas matritenses (Madrid scenes), originally in Cartas españolas.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust: The Second Part of the Tragedy is published.
- Théâtre des Folies-Dramatiques opened on the site of the Théâtre de l'Ambigu-Comique on the Boulevard du Temple in Paris under Frédérick Lemaître.
- The early 13th century Færeyinga saga, written in Iceland, is first published.
- Publishers begin the use of a paper jacket to wrap book covers.
- January 13 – Horatio Alger, Jr., American writer (died 1899)
- January 27 – Lewis Carroll (Charles L. Dodgson), English children's writer and scholar (died 1898)
- March 10 – Mary Bigelow Ingham, American author and educator (died 1923)
- May 17 – Grace Webster Haddock Hinsdale, American author (died 1902)
- June 10 – Edwin Arnold, English poet (died 1905)
- June 11 – Jules Vallès, French writer (died 1885)
- June 23 – Gustav Jaeger, German naturalist (died 1917)
- June 30 – Emily Lucas Blackall, American author and philanthropist (died 1892)
- July 27 – Hesba Stretton, English children's author (died 1911)
- August 3 – Edward Wilmot Blyden, Liberian pan-Africanist (died 1912)
- September 30 – Charlotte Riddell, née Cowan, Anglo-Irish novelist and editor (died 1906)
- October 9 – Elizabeth Akers Allen, American poet and journalist (died 1911)
- October 12 – Theodore Watts-Dunton, English critic and poet (died 1914)
- November 28 – Leslie Stephen, English writer (died 1904)
- November 29 – Louisa May Alcott, American novelist (died 1888)
- December 8 – Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Norwegian novelist and Nobel laureate (died 1910)