1803 in literature
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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1803.
- June 30 – Novelist Mary Butt marries her cousin, Captain Henry Sherwood, acquiring the surname by which she will become best known.
- September 9 – Bamberg State Library established in Upper Franconia.
- The library which becomes the National Széchényi Library, established in 1802 by Count Ferenc Széchényi, opens to the public in Pest, Hungary.
- Charles Brockden Brown – Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist
- Sophie Ristaud Cottin – Amélie de Mansfield
- Catherine Cuthbertson – The Romance of the Pyrenees
- Elizabeth Gunning – The War-Office
- Francis Lathom – The Mysterious Freebooter
- Mary Meeke – A Tale of Mystery, or Celina
- Jean Paul - Titan
- Jane Porter – Thaddeus of Warsaw
- Germaine de Staël – Margaret of Strafford
- George Colman – John Bull, or an Englishman's Fireside
- William Dunlap – Voice of Nature (adapted from the French)
- Collin d'Harleville – Malice pour malice
- Heinrich von Kleist – Die Familie Schroffenstein
- August von Kotzebue – Die deutschen Kleinstädter (comedy, German Small-towners)
- Friedrich Schiller – The Bride of Messina (Die Braut von Messina)
- Isaac Reed (ed.) – The Plays of William Shakspeare (first variorum edition)
- Henry Kirke White – Clifton Grove, a Sketch in Verse, with other Poems
- Adam Oehlenschlager – Digte (Poems)
- Alexandre Balthazar Laurent Grimod de La Reynière – Almanach des gourmands (1st edition)
- Immanuel Kant – Über Pädagogik (On Pedagogy)
- Adamantios Korais – Present Conditions of Civilisation in Greece
- Joseph Lancaster – Improvements in Education as It Respects the Industrious Classes
- Thomas Malthus – An Essay on the Principle of Population (2nd edition)
- Humphry Repton – Observations on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening
- January 3 – Douglas William Jerrold, English dramatist (died 1857)
- January 15 – Marjorie Fleming, Scottish child writer (died 1811)
- May 25
- July 20 – Dudley Costello, Irish writer and journalist (died 1865)
- September 20 – Catherine Crowe, English novelist, playwright and children's writer (died 1876)
- September 28 – Prosper Mérimée, French dramatist and historian (died 1870)
- November 14 – Jacob Abbott, American children's writer (died 1879)
- December 6 – Susanna Moodie, English-born Canadian writer (died 1885)
- December 31 – José María Heredia y Heredia, Cuban poet (died 1839)
- January 1 – James Woodforde, English diarist (born 1740)
- February 11 – Jean-François de La Harpe, French dramatist and critic (born 1739)
- March 14 – Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, German poet (born 1724)
- April 9 – Mihály Bakos (Miháo Bakoš), Slovene hymnist and Lutheran minister (born c. 1742)
- June 12 – Richard François Philippe Brunck, French classical scholar (born 1729)
- August 2 – John Hoole, English translator (born 1727)
- September 5 – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, French novelist (born 1841)
- October 8 – Vittorio Alfieri, Italian dramatist and poet (born 1749)
- December 18 – Johann Gottfried Herder, German philosopher, poet and critic (born 1744)
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