This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1782.
- January 13 – Friedrich Schiller's first play, the revolutionary melodrama The Robbers (Die Räuber), causes a sensation at its first performance, in Mannheim. 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, John Flaxman.
- 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.
- The 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 Chinese characters.