The year 1887 in literature involved some significant new books.
Contents[edit | edit source]
Events[edit | edit source]
- February - Oscar Wilde publishes "The Canterville Ghost", his first short story, in The Court and Society Review.
- March 30 - Théâtre Libre, established to promote naturalism in theatre by André Antoine, gives its first performances in Paris, originally as an amateur ensemble.
- November - Arthur Conan Doyle's first detective novel, A Study in Scarlet, is published in Beeton's Christmas Annual (London), introducing the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and his friend and chronicler Dr. Watson.
- December 5 - Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (1886) comes into effect.
- Futabatei Shimei writes The Drifting Cloud, the first modern novel in Japan.
- George Hutchinson establishes Hutchinson (publisher) in London.
- John Lane and Elkin Mathews set up in partnership under the name The Bodley Head in London, originally as antiquarian booksellers.
New books[edit | edit source]
New drama[edit | edit source]
- Anton Chekhov - Ivanov
- Arthur Wing Pinero - Dandy Dick
- Victorien Sardou - La Tosca
- August Strindberg - The Father
Non-fiction[edit | edit source]
- Mikhail Bakunin - God and the State
- Hall Caine - Life of Samuel Coleridge Taylor
- Charles Darwin - The Autobiography of Charles Darwin (posthumously published)
- Julius Dresser - The True History of Mental Science
- Franz Hartmann - The Life of Philippus Theophrastus Bombast of Hohenheim, better known by the name of Paracelsus, and the substance of his teachings.
- Friedrich Nietzsche - On the Genealogy of Morality
- L. L. Zamenhof - Unua Libro
Births[edit | edit source]
- February 1 - Charles Nordhoff, English-born author (died 1947)
- February 3 - Georg Trakl, Austrian poet (died 1914)
- February 11 - John van Melle, South African writer (died 1953)
- February 18 - Nikos Kazantzakis, Greek poet (died 1957)
- March 3 - Rupert Brooke, English poet (died on active service 1915)
- March 14 - Sylvia Beach, born Nancy Woodbridge Beach, American publisher (died 1962)
- May 15 - Edwin Muir, Orcadian poet & translator (died 1959)
- June 2 - Orrick Glenday Johns, American poet & playwright (died 1946)
- September 1 - Blaise Cendrars, born Frédéric-Louis Sauser, Swiss-born French writer (died 1961)
Deaths[edit | edit source]
- January 24 - Emilia Tennyson, sister of Alfred Tennyson and fiancée of Arthur Hallam (born 1811)
- February 10 - Mrs Henry Wood, novelist (born 1814)
- April 23 - John Ceiriog Hughes, poet (born 1832)
- May 4 - William Murdoch, poet (born 1823)
- August 20 - Jules Laforgue, French poet (born 1860)
- October 12 - Dinah Craik, novelist and poet (born 1826)
- November 2 - Alfred Domett, poet (born 1811)
- November 19 - Emma Lazarus, American poet (born 1849)
- December 5 - Eliza Roxcy Snow, American poet (born 1804)
- date unknown - Frances Browne, poet and novelist (born 1816)
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