1842 in literature
This article contains information about the literary events and publications of 1842.
- January 3 – Charles Dickens sets sail for the United States.
- February 14 – Washington Irving is one of the hosts at a public dinner for Charles Dickens in New York.
- March – The Book of Abraham by Joseph Smith is presented as being "a translation of some ancient records... purporting to be the writings of Abraham, while he was in Egypt, called the Book of Abraham, written by his own hand, upon papyrus." It is published in two installments in the Mormon periodical Times and Seasons.
- c. March 7 – Charles Dickens meets Edgar Allan Poe in Philadelphia.
- March 28 – The Teatr Skarbkowski in Lviv opens with the performance of a play by Franz Grillparzer.
- June 7 – Charles Dickens leaves New York to return to Britain.
- June 19 – Eugène Sue's fictional The Mysteries of Paris (Les Mystères de Paris) begins to be serialized in the newspaper Journal des débats.
- July 1 – The Copyright Act in the United Kingdom provides for authors' copyrights in books to endure for the remainder of the author's life and a further seven years; if this period is less than 42 years from the date of first publication, then the copyright will persist for a full 42 years.
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- Honoré de Balzac – La Rabouilleuse (The Black Sheep)
- Edward Bulwer – Zanoni
- James Fenimore Cooper – The Two Admirals
- Nikolai Gogol
- Catherine Gore – The Ambassador's Wife
- Jeremias Gotthelf -The Black Spider
- Juan Eugenio Hartzenbusch – Primero, yo (First, Myself)
- Samuel Lover – Handy Andy
- George Sand – Consuelo
- Albert Smith – The Adventures of Mr Ledbury
- Nikolai Gogol – Marriage («Женитьба», Zhenit'ba, published)
- Johann Nestroy – Einen Jux will er sich machen (He Will Go on a Spree, musical adaptation)
- Eugène Scribe
- Une Chaine
- Le Verre d'eau
- Aloysius Bertrand – Gaspard de la Nuit
- Robert Browning – Dramatic Lyrics (includes "My Last Duchess" and "The Pied Piper of Hamelin")
- Thomas Babington Macaulay – Lays of Ancient Rome
- Alfred Tennyson – Poems (includes "Locksley Hall", "Morte d'Arthur", etc.)
- January 26
- February 4 – Arrigo Boito, Italian poet (died 1918)
- February 25 – Karl May, German popular novelist (died 1912)
- March 4 – Evelyn Magruder DeJarnette, American author (died 1914)
- March 18 – Stéphane Mallarmé, French Symbolist poet (died 1898)
- March 25 – Antonio Fogazzaro, Italian novelist (died 1911)
- June 24 – Ambrose Bierce, American writer (presumed died 1914)
- July 7 – William Hastie, Scottish scholar (died 1903)
- July 11 – Henry Abbey, American poet (died 1911)
- December 23 – Frances Augusta Hemingway Conant, American journalist and editor (died 1903)
- March 23 – Stendhal, French novelist (stroke, born 1783)
- May 23 – José de Espronceda, Spanish poet (diphtheria, born 1808)
- June 5 – Thomas Henry Lister, English novelist and Registrar General (born 1800)
- June 17 – Frances Jacson, English novelist (born 1754)
- July 28 – Clemens Brentano, German poet and novelist (born 1778)
- October 23 – Wilhelm Gesenius, German Biblical commentator (born 1786)
- November 6 – William Hone, English satirist and bookseller (born 1780)
- December 7 – Thomas Hamilton, Scottish novelist and philosopher (born 1789)
- "Dickens in America – First American Visit – 1842". David Perdue's Charles Dickens Page. Retrieved 2014-01-21.
- "When Charles Dickens fell out with America". BBC News. 2012-02-14. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
- Smith, Joseph, Jr. (1 March 1842). "Truth Will Prevail". Times and Seasons. Nauvoo, Il. 3 (9): 704.
- Sutherland, John; Fender, Stephen (2010). Love, Sex, Death & Words: surprising tales from a year in literature. London: Icon Books. p. 89. ISBN 978-184831-247-0.
- Earl of Harwood (1997). The New Kobbé's Opera Book. Ebury Press. p. 90. ISBN 978-0-09-181410-6.
- Penguin (US): The Red and the Black Archived 2013-03-31 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 6 March 2013
- Matthias Konzett (11 May 2015). Encyclopedia of German Literature. Routledge. p. 152. ISBN 978-1-135-94122-2.