This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1782.
January 13 –
Friedrich Schiller's first play, the revolutionary
The Robbers (Die Räuber), causes a sensation at its first performance, in
 Schiller, a military doctor at this time, is arrested afterwards for leaving his regiment without permission to attend.
August 18 –
William Blake marries
Catherine Boucher at
St Mary's Church, Battersea. In the same year, he meets his future patron,
October 10 –
Sarah Siddons makes a triumphant return to the
Drury Lane Theatre in
London in the title role of
David Garrick's adaptation of
Thomas Southerne's Isabella, or, The Fatal Marriage.
Charles Dibdin becomes joint manager of the Royal Circus, afterwards known as the
Surrey Theatre, in London.
Siku Quanshu is completed, the largest literary compilation in
China's history. The books are bound in 36,381 volumes with more than 79,000 chapters comprising about 2.3 million pages and approximately 800 million