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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1890.
- January – William Heinemann launches his Heinemann publishing business in London's Covent Garden with Hall Caine's successful novel The Bondman.
- March 8 – Bram Stoker begins work on Dracula.
- c. June–September – Joseph Conrad, at this time serving as Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski with a Belgian steamer company, makes a journey on the Congo River which will inspire his novel Heart of Darkness (1899).
- July 13 – Ambrose Bierce's short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", one of his best known works, is first published, in The San Francisco Examiner.
- July–August – Bram Stoker holidays with his family at Whitby and from the library there reads William Wilkinson's An Account of the Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia, all of which feed into his composition of Dracula.
- September – Arthur Morrison joins the staff of The Globe (London newspaper).
- October 19 – Sir Richard Francis Burton dies in Trieste, after which his widow, Isabel, burns his journals, a revised translation of The Perfumed Garden and many more manuscripts and books, largely on account of their erotic nature.
- Leo Tolstoy's novella The Kreutzer Sonata, suppressed in Russia, is published in Berlin in Russian, German, English and French, with other English versions issued in England and the United States. The United States Post Office Department prohibits mailing of newspapers containing serialized installments of it.
- Macmillan Publishers in the U.K. begin to supply on "net book" terms, i. e. no discounts are available to consumers.
- Hall Caine's four-act historical drama Mahomet, based on the life of Muhammad and written for the actor-manager Henry Irving, is banned by the Lord Chamberlain after it causes unrest in Britain's Muslim communities, threatens British rule in parts of India and strains Britain's relations with the Ottoman Empire.
Children and young peopleEdit
- January 9
- January 11 – Oswald de Andrade, Brazilian poet and polemicist (died 1954)
- February 10 – Boris Pasternak, Russian author (died 1960)
- March 11 – Vannevar Bush, American author (died 1974)
- May 15 – Katherine Anne Porter, American journalist and novelist (died 1980)
- May 18 – Zora Cross, Australian poet and novelist (died 1964)
- May 20 – Allan Nevins, American historian and journalist (died 1971)
- May 29
- August 15 – Tsugi Takano (鷹野 つぎ), Japanese novelist (died 1943)
- August 20 – H. P. Lovecraft, American horror writer (died 1937)
- August 24 – Jean Rhys, Dominica, West Indies-born English novelist (died 1979)
- August 28 – Ivor Gurney, English war poet and composer (died 1937)
- August 31 (August 19 O.S.) – August Alle, Estonian writer (died 1952)
- September 6 – Brinsley MacNamara, born John Weldon, Irish novelist and playwright (died 1963)
- September 10 – Franz Werfel, Austrian author (died 1945)
- September 15 – Agatha Christie, English mystery writer (died 1976)
- September 24 – A. P. Herbert, English humorist and novelist (died 1971)
- October 1 – Blanche Oelrichs, American poet and playwright (died 1950)
- October 13 – Conrad Richter, American novelist (died 1968)
- November 25 – Isaac Rosenberg, English poet (killed in action 1918)
- December 2 – Károly Molter, Hungarian novelist, dramatist and academic (died 1981)
- January 2 – George Henry Boker, American poet and playwright (born 1823)
- June 11 – George Edward Brett, American publisher (born 1829)
- June 24 – Subba Row, Hindu Theosophist writer (cutaneous disease, born 1856)
- July 15 – Gottfried Keller, Swiss novelist (born 1819)
- August 9 – Eduard von Bauernfeld, Austrian dramatist (born 1802)
- September 18 – Dion Boucicault, Irish dramatist (born c. 1820)
- October 19 – Sir Richard Francis Burton, English explorer, translator and writer (born 1821)
- October 26 – Carlo Collodi, Italian children's writer (born 1826)
- November 1 – Júlio Ribeiro, Brazilian naturalist, novelist and grammarian (tuberculosis, born 1845)
- December 6 – Richard William Church, English biographer and cleric (born 1815)
- December 18 – Grigory Danilevsky, Russian historical novelist (born 1829)
- December 19 – Zénaïde Fleuriot, French novelist (born 1829)
- December 29 – Octave Feuillet, French novelist and dramatist (born 1821)