The political drama Danton's Death (Dantons Tod, completed and published in 1835) by Georg Büchner (d. 1837), receives its première, at the Belle-Alliance-Theater in Berlin in a production by the Vereins Neue Freie Volksbühne.
First performance of George Bernard Shaw's controversial 1893 play Mrs. Warren's Profession at a private club in London.
April – Mark Twain purchases a home in Tarrytown, New York.
June 4 – Mark Twain receives an honorary doctorate of literature degree from the University of Missouri.
June 16 – Bertrand Russell writes to Gottlob Frege informing him of the mathematical problem that will become known as Russell's paradox.
July 1 – The Romanian language literary review Luceafărul begins publication in Budapest.
September 9 – P. G. Wodehouse leaves his job at the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Company in London to become a freelance writer.
Early October – Beatrix Potter's self-illustrated children's book The Tale of Peter Rabbit (originally published privately a year earlier) is first published in a trade edition by Frederick Warne & Co in London. By the end of the year it sells 28,000 copies.
October 5 – Thousands attend the funeral of French novelist Émile Zola at the Cimetière de Montmartre, Paris; they include Alfred Dreyfus, given special permission by Mme Zola to attend.
November 4 – J. M. Barrie's comedy The Admirable Crichton is premièred at the Duke of York's Theatre in London, starring H. B. Irving, Henry Kemble and Irene Vanbrugh and running for an extremely successful 828 performances.
December 5 – Leo Tolstoy's drama The Power of Darkness (Власть тьмы, Vlast' t'my, written in 1886) is premièred at the Moscow Art Theatre by Konstantin Stanislavski with some success, although he is self-critical.
December 18 – Maxim Gorky's drama The Lower Depths – Scenes from Russian Life (На дне, Na dne) is premièred at the Moscow Art Theatre with Stanislavski directing and starring, his first major success.
The Irish Literary Theatre project ends.
Poet Ștefan Petică publishes the cycle Fecioara în alb, which marks a maturing of Romanian Symbolism.
Azorín – La voluntad (Volition)
Pío Baroja – Camino de perfección (pasión mística) (Road to Perfection)
Edward Harold Begbie (as Caroline Lewis) – Clara in Blunderland
Anna of the Five Towns
The Grand Babylon Hotel
Rhoda Broughton – Lavinia
Typhoon (serialized in The Pall Mall Magazine January–March and US book publication)
Youth: a Narrative, and Two Other Stories, incorporating Youth: a Narrative (1898) and Heart of Darkness (first 1899)
The End of the Tether
Marie Corelli – Temporal Power: A Study in Supremacy
Miguel de Unamuno – Amor y pedagogía
Ramón del Valle-Inclán – Sonatas: Memorias del Marqués de Bradomín – Sonata de otoño (Sonatas: the pleasant memoirs of the Marquis of Bradomín – Autumn sonata)
Arthur Conan Doyle – The Hound of the Baskervilles
Paul Laurence Dunbar – The Sport of the Gods
Hamlin Garland – The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop
André Gide – The Immoralist
Ellen Glasgow – The Battle-Ground
Theodor Herzl – The Old New Land
Violet Jacob – The Sheepstealers
W. W. Jacobs – The Lady of the Barge (short stories, including "The Monkey's Paw")
Henry James – The Wings of the Dove
Alfred Jarry – Supermale
Mary Johnston – Audrey
Olha Kobylianska – Zemlya (Land)
Jack London – A Daughter of the Snows
George Barr McCutcheon – Brewster's Millions
Charles Major – Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall
A. E. W. Mason – The Four Feathers
W. Somerset Maugham – Mrs Craddock
Dmitri Merejkowski – The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci
Arthur Morrison – The Hole in the Wall
Frank Norris – The Pit (serialization)
Luigi Pirandello – Il Turno
W. Heath Robinson – The Adventures of Uncle Lubin
Saki – The Westminster Alice
Percy Sykes – Ten Thousand Miles in Persia
Jules Verne – The Kip Brothers (Les Frères Kip)
Eduard Vilde – Mahtra sõda (The war in Mahtra)
Edith Wharton – The Valley of Decision
Owen Wister – The Virginian
L. Frank Baum – The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
J. M. Barrie – The Little White Bird (includes the story "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens")
Edith Ogden Harrison – Prince Silverwings and other fairy tales
William Dean Howells – The Flight of Pony Baker
Rudyard Kipling – Just So Stories for Little Children
Bessie Marchant – Fleckie: A Story of the Desert, etc.
E. Nesbit – Five Children and It
Beatrix Potter – The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Mrs George de Horne Vaizey – A Houseful of Girls
J. M. Barrie – The Admirable Crichton
Clyde Fitch – The Girl with the Green Eyes
Maxim Gorky – The Lower Depths
Haralamb Lecca – Septima. Câiniĭ
Maurice Maeterlinck – Monna Vanna
Frank Wedekind – King Nicolo
William Butler Yeats – Cathleen Ní Houlihan
Edwin James Brady – The Earthen Floor
Walter de la Mare (as Walter Ramal) – Songs of Childhood
Ștefan Petică – Fecioara în alb
Jane Addams – Democracy and Social Ethics
James Allen – As a Man Thinketh
Hilaire Belloc – The Path to Rome
Arthur Conan Doyle – The War in South Africa: Its Cause and Conduct
Michael Fairless – The Roadmender
John A. Hobson – Imperialism: a study
William James – The Varieties of Religious Experience
Bertrand Russell – A Free Man's Worship
William Wynn Westcott – Collectanea Hermetica finishes publication
January 5 – Stella Gibbons, English novelist (died 1989)
January 20 – Nazim Hikmet, Turkish lyricist and dramatist (died 1963)
January 30 – Nikolaus Pevsner, German-born architectural historian (died 1983)
February 1 – Langston Hughes, African-American poet and novelist (died 1967)
February 16 – Ion Călugăru, Romanian novelist, short story writer and journalist (died 1956)
February 19 – Kay Boyle, American writer, educator and political activist (died 1992)
February 27 – John Steinbeck, American novelist and journalist (died 1968)
March 10 – Stefan Inglot, Polish historian (died 1994)
March 29 – Marcel Aymé, French novelist and short-story writer (died 1967)
April 2 – Jan Tschichold, German-born typographer (died 1974)
April 6 – Julien Torma, French poet and dramatist (died 1933)
April 9 – Lord David Cecil, English literary critic and biographer (died 1986)
April 23 – Halldór Laxness, Icelandic novelist (died 1998)
June 5 – Hugo Huppert, Austrian poet, writer and translator (died 1982)
July 10 – Nicolás Guillén, Afro-Cuban poet (died 1989)
July 8 – Gwendolyn B. Bennett, African American writer and artist (died 1981)
August 15 – Katharine Brush, American short story writer (died 1952)
August 16 – Georgette Heyer, English novelist (died 1974)
August 19 – Ogden Nash, American poet and humorist (died 1971)
October 13 – Arna Bontemps, African American poet (died 1973)
October 23 – Dadie Rylands (George Rylands), English Shakespeare scholar (died 1999)
October 26 – Beryl Markham (Beryl Clutterbuck), English-born Kenyan adventurer and memoirist (died 1986)
October 31 – Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet (died 1987)
November 1 – Nordahl Grieg, Norwegian poet and author (killed in action 1943)
November 2 – Gyula Illyés, Hungarian author (died 1983)
November 29 – Carlo Levi, Italian writer (died 1975)
December 7 – N. Crevedia, Romanian poet, novelist and journalist (died 1978).
December 20 – Jolán Földes, Hungarian novelist and playwright (died 1963)
Felipe Alfau, Spanish-American fiction writer, poet and translator(died 1999)
January 7 – Wilhelm Hertz, German poet and translator (born 1835)
April 6 – Gleb Uspensky, Russian writer (born 1843)
April 20 – Frank R. Stockton, American writer and humorist (born 1834)
May 6 – Bret Harte, American author and poet (born 1836)
June 10 – Jacint Verdaguer, Catalan poet (born 1845)
June 18 – Samuel Butler, English novelist (born 1835)
August 31 – Mathilde Wesendonck, German poet (born 1828)
September 11 – Ernst Dümmler, German historian (born 1830)
September 19 – Masaoka Shiki (正岡 子規), Japanese haiku poet (Pott's disease, born 1867)
Émile Zola, French novelist (carbon monoxide poisoning, born 1840)
William McGonagall, Scottish doggerel poet (born 1825)
October 7 – George Rawlinson, English historian (born 1812)
October 13 – John George Bourinot, Canadian historian (born 1836)
October 25 – Frank Norris, American novelist (peritonitis, born 1870)
November 16 – G. A. Henty, English historical novelist (born 1832)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Christian Matthias Theodor Mommsen
1902 in literature Wikipedia
This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1902.