1781 in literature

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List of years in literature (table)

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1781.


  • George Crabbe writes to Edmund Burke asking for financial assistance. The outcome is the publication of Crabbe's poem The Library.[1]
  • Rudolf Erich Raspe (anonymously) publishes "M-h-s-nsche Geschichten" ("M-h-s-n Stories") in the Berlin humor magazine Vade mecum für lustige Leute ("Handbook for Fun-loving People"), the first appearance of Baron Munchausen in fiction.[2]
  • A national library is established in the Clementinum in Prague.

New books

New drama

New poetry





  1. Ainger, Alfred (1903). Crabbe. New York: Macmillan, pp. 31-32.
  2. Blamires, David (2009). "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen". Telling Tales: The Impact of Germany on English Children's Books 1780–1918. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers. pp. 8–21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Astuto, Philip L. (2003). Eugenio Espejo (1747-1795), Reformador ecuatoriano de la Ilustración. Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana. p. 82. ISBN 9978-92-241-5.
  4. "Manuscripts and Rare Printed Works of Hannah More (1745-1833) and her circle from the Clark Library, Los Angeles". Women, Morality And Advice Literature. Retrieved 2013-02-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>