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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1888.
- February 9 – During Joseph Conrad's career at sea as Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, he departs from Bangkok for Sydney in his first command as master, on the British barque Otago. This provides a basis for his novella The Shadow Line (1916).
- March 6 – On the day of Amos Bronson Alcott's funeral at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (Concord, Massachusetts), his daughter, novelist Louisa May Alcott, already in poor health, suffers a fatal stroke.
- March 16 – Foundation stone for a new National Library of Greece building is laid in Athens.
- May 26 – In London, Punch magazine begins serialisation of George and Weedon Grossmith's humorous The Diary of a Nobody, the first entry being for "April 3".
- June 3 – Ernest Thayer's baseball poem "Casey at the Bat" is first published under the pen name "Phin" as the last of his humorous contributions to The San Francisco Examiner.
- July – Arthur Conan Doyle's first Sherlock Holmes detective novel, A Study in Scarlet (1887), is first published separately as a book, by Ward Lock & Co in London with illustrations by the author's father, Charles Altamont Doyle.
- Sholem Aleichem edits the first issue of the anthology Di Yidishe Folksbibliotek in Kiev, giving important exposure to young writers in Yiddish, including I. L. Peretz's long ballad "Monish".
- The Finnish epic Kalevala is published for the first time in English by American linguist John Martin Crawford.
- German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche writes Götzen-Dämmerung, oder, Wie man mit dem Hammer philosophiert ("Twilight of the Idols, or, How to Philosophize with a Hammer", published 1889), Der Antichrist (1895) and his autobiography, Ecce homo: Wie man wird, was man ist (posthumous, 1908), his last works before his total mental collapse.
- "Papus" founds the esoteric magazine L'Initiation in France.
- Approximate date – The sexual memoir My Secret Life by "Walter", perhaps Henry Spencer Ashbee, begins publication, being printed in Amsterdam for clandestine sale in Britain.
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- January 24 – Vicki Baum, Austrian-born writer (died 1960)
- January 25 – A. L. Zissu, Romanian novelist and Zionist leader (died 1956)
- February 10 – Giuseppe Ungaretti, Italian modernist poet and writer (died 1970)
- April 26 – Anita Loos, American novelist and screenwriter (died 1981)
- June 13 – Fernando Pessoa, Portuguese writer (died 1935)
- July 23 – Raymond Chandler, American novelist and screenwriter (died 1959)
- September 4 – Margaret Henley, daughter of W. E. Henley and J. M. Barrie's inspiration for the name "Wendy" in Peter Pan (died 1894)
- September 22 – Lucia Mantu, born Camelia Nădejde, Romanian writer (died 1971)
- September 26 – T. S. Eliot, American-born English poet and playwright (died 1965)
- October 14 – Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand short story writer (died 1923)
- October 16 – Eugene O'Neill, American playwright and Nobel laureate (died 1953)
- October 26 – Dem. Theodorescu, Romanian novelist and journalist (died 1946)
- January 30 – Mary Howitt, English writer, poet and translator (born 1799)
- March 4 – Amos Bronson Alcott, American writer and philosopher (born 1799)
- March 6 – Louisa May Alcott, American novelist (born 1832)
- March 14 – James Hogg, Scottish-born publisher (born 1806)
- April 15 – Matthew Arnold, English poet (born 1822)
- May 12 – Edward Lear, English writer of comic verse and artist (born 1812)
- August 9 – Charles Cros, French poet (born 1842)
- August 20 – Henry Richard, Welsh political writer (born 1812)
- September 24 – Karl von Prantl, German philosopher (born 1820)
- November 17 – Dora d'Istria, Romanian-Albanian writer (born 1828)
- December 8 – Frederick Apthorp Paley, English scholar (born 1815)
- December 23 – Laurence Oliphant, Scottish travel writer and novelist (born 1829)
- Unknown date – William Gifford Palgrave, English Arabic scholar and writer (born 1826)
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- ^ Fiennes, Celia. "Through England on a Side Saddle in the Time of William and Mary". A Vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
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