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This article contains information about the literary events and publications of 1892.
- January – The Schauspielhaus Zürich opens as the Volkstheater am Pfauen, a music hall.
- January 18 – Rudyard Kipling marries Caroline Starr Balestier.
- February 22 – Oscar Wilde's comedy Lady Windermere's Fan is premièred at St James's Theatre in London, starring Winifred Emery and Marion Terry.
- April 27 – The magazine Isis is established by students at the University of Oxford.
- June – Rehearsals for the première of Oscar Wilde's play Salome for inclusion in Sarah Bernhardt's London season (in French) are halted when the British Lord Chamberlain's licensor of plays prohibits it for including Biblical characters.
- July 15 – The Bibliographical Society is established in London.
- September 12 – The 11-year-old Virginia Stephen, the later novelist Virginia Woolf, takes a boat trip to Godrevy Lighthouse on a family holiday in Cornwall.
- October 14 – The first collection of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories from The Strand Magazine (June 1891–June 1892), The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, is published by George Newnes in London; it includes Doyle's favourite, "The Adventure of the Speckled Band", which was originally published in February.
- October 20 (O. S.: October 8) – Constantin Dobrescu-Argeș inaugurates Romania's first rural printing press, at Mușătești.
- November – The Sewanee Review is established by William Peterfield Trent; it will become the oldest continuously published literary quarterly in the United States.
- December 9 – George Bernard Shaw's first play Widowers' Houses has its first performance, at the Royalty Theatre in London under the auspices of the Independent Theatre Society. The author is booed.
- December 21 – Brandon Thomas' farce Charley's Aunt begins a record-breaking London run at the Royalty Theatre (following a pre-London opening at Bury St Edmunds on February 29).
- The Irish Literary Society is founded by W. B. Yeats, T. W. Rolleston and Charles Gavan Duffy in London, and the National Literary Society by Yeats in Dublin with scholar Douglas Hyde as its first president.
- unknown dates
- C. R. Ashbee – From Whitechapel to Camelot
- Mary Elizabeth Braddon – The Venetians
- Rhoda Broughton – Mrs. Bligh
- Gabriele D'Annunzio – L'innocente
- Arthur Conan Doyle – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
- Theodor Fontane – Frau Jenny Treibel
- Ludwig Ganghofer - The Monastery's Hunter (Der Klosterjäger)
- Hamlin Garland - Jason Edwards: An Average Man
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman – The Yellow Wallpaper
- George Gissing – Born in Exile
- George and Weedon Grossmith – The Diary of a Nobody (book publication)
- Thomas Hardy – The Well-Beloved (serialization)
- Frances Ellen Watkins Harper – Shadows Uplifted
- Herman Heijermans – Trinette
- Emily Lawless – Grania: The Story of an Island
- J. McCullough – Golf in the Year 2000
- William Hurrell Mallock – A Human Document
- Helen Mathers, Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker and 21 others – The Fate of Fenella
- Karl May – Durch Wüste und Harem
- Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne – The Wrecker
- Mark Twain – The American Claimant
- Jules Verne – Mistress Branican
- Mary Augusta Ward – The History of David Grieve
- Israel Zangwill
- Émile Zola – La Débâcle
Children and young people
- H. Irving Hancock – His One Ambition; or, The Boy Reporter
- R.C. Carton – Liberty Hall
- Arthur Symons – The Minister's Call
- José Echegaray – Mariana
- Georges Feydeau – Champignol malgré lui
- Jacob Mikhailovich Gordin
- Gerhart Hauptmann – The Weavers (Die Weber)
- Mykhailo Starytsky – Oi Ne Khody, Hrytsiu
- Brandon Thomas – Charley's Aunt
- Oscar Wilde – Lady Windermere's Fan (premiere February 22, St James's Theatre, in London)
- Rudyard Kipling – Barrack-Room Ballads (including "Gunga Din")
- W. B. Yeats – The Countess Kathleen and Various Legends and Lyrics
- Peter Kropotkin – The Conquest of Bread (La Conquête du pain)
- Papus – La Kabbale
- Ferdinand Praeger (died 1891) – Wagner As I Knew Him
- Constantin Sion – Arhondologia Moldovei (Moldavia's Peerage; posthumous)
- Rudolph Sohm – Kirchenrecht
- Joseph Wright – A Grammar of the Dialect of Windhill in the West Riding of Yorkshire
- Ella Hepworth Dixon (as Margaret Wynman) – My Flirtations (biographical sketches)
- January 3 – J. R. R. Tolkien, South African-born English novelist and scholar (died 1973)
- February 8 – Ralph Chubb, English poet, printer and artist (died 1960)
- February 22 – Edna St. Vincent Millay, American poet (died 1950)
- February 23 – Agnes Smedley, American journalist and writer (died 1950)
- March 1 – Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Japanese short story writer and poet (suicide 1927)
- March 8 – Juana de Ibarbourou, Uruguayan poet (died 1979)
- March 9
- March 18 – Robert P. T. Coffin, American poet, essayist, novelist and academic (died 1955)
- March 22 – Karel Poláček, Czech writer, humorist and journalist (died 1944)
- May 26 – Maxwell Bodenheim, American poet and novelist (murdered 1954)
- May 29 – Max Brand, born Frederick Schiller Faust, American Western, pulp fiction and screenwriter (died 1944)
- June 12 – Djuna Barnes, American writer (died 1982)
- June 26 – Pearl S. Buck, born Pearl Sydenstricker, American novelist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature (died 1973)
- July 1 – James M. Cain, American author and journalist (died 1977)
- July 12 – Bruno Schulz, Polish writer and artist (killed 1942)
- August 5 – Margery Fish, English gardening writer (died 1969)
- October 8 (September 26 O.S.) – Marina Tsvetaeva, Russian poet (suicide 1941)
- October 9 – Ivo Andrić, Serbo-Croatian novelist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature (died 1975)
- October 27 – Victor E. van Vriesland, Dutch writer (died 1974)
- December 10 – Lucy M. Boston, born Lucy Maria Wood, English children's novelist (died 1990)
- December 21
- unknown dates
- January 20 – Christopher Pearse Cranch, American poet and magazine editor (born 1813)
- January 28 – Gustav Zerffi, Hungarian journalist and rationalist (born 1820)
- March 16 – Edward Augustus Freeman, English historian and politician (born 1823)
- March 26 – Walt Whitman, American poet (born 1819)
- April 15 – Amelia Edwards, English fiction writer and Egyptologist (born 1831)
- July 10 – Rudolf Westphal, German classical scholar (born 1826)
- July 15 – Thomas Cooper, English Chartist poet (born 1805)
- July 18 – Rose Terry Cooke, American poet and novelist (born 1827)
- August 25 – Richard Lewis Nettleship, English philosopher (born 1846)
- September 7 – John Greenleaf Whittier, American Quaker poet (born 1807)
- September 17 – Ignaz Vincenz Zingerle, Austrian poet (born 1825)
- September 23 – George Grub, Scottish church historian (born 1812)
- October 2 – Teréz Karacs, Hungarian novelist, poet and memoirist (born 1808)
- October 12 – Xavier Marmier, French writer and translator (born 1808)
- October 17 – David Edelstadt, Russian-born American poet in Yiddish (born 1866)
- October 21 – Anne Charlotte Leffler, Swedish novelist and dramatist (born 1849)
- October 24 – Anton Gindely, Bohemian historian (born 1829)
- December 3 (November 21 O.S.) – Afanasy Fet, Russian lyric poet, essayist and short-story writer (born 1820)
- December 27 – Orange Judd, American editor and publisher (born 1822)
- Turicum (in German). Orell Fuessli Graphische Betriebe. 1977. p. 48.
- NEHGS Nexus. New England Historic Genealogical Society. 1992. p. 30.
- Norbert Kohl (3 March 2011). Oscar Wilde: The Works of a Conformist Rebel. Cambridge University Press. p. 240. ISBN 978-0-521-17653-8.
- "The Bibliographical Society". The Morning Post. London. July 16, 1892. p. 2.
- Dexter, Gar y (2010). "To The Lighthouse (1927)". Title Deeds: the hidden stories behind 50 books. Tiverton: Old Street Publishing. pp. 127–31. ISBN 978-1-906964-24-5.
- Macedonski, Alexandru (1892). "Notițele Literatoruluĭ. Banchiet Țĕrănesc" (PDF). Literatorul (in Romanian) (6): 5.
- Holroyd, Michael (2011). Bernard Shaw. London: Pimlico. pp. 156–61. ISBN 978-1-845-95185-6.
- Ryan, W. P. (1894). The Irish Literary Revival.
- 1896 according to Z. Zylbercweig.
- Anne Commire (1977). Something About the Author: Facts and Pictures About Contemporary Authors and Illustrators of Books for Young People. Gale /Cengage Learning. p. 27. ISBN 978-0-8103-0072-9.