The year 1902 in literature involved some significant new books.
New books 
New drama 
Main article: 1902 in poetry
- January 5 - Stella Gibbons, novelist (died 1989)
- January 20 - Nazim Hikmet, lyricist and dramatist (died 1963)
- January 30 - Nikolaus Pevsner, author of a series of architectural guides (died 1983)
- February 1 - Langston Hughes, poet and novelist (died 1967)
- February 19 – Kay Boyle, writer, educator, political activist (died 1992)
- February 27 - John Steinbeck, US novelist and journalist (died 1968)
- March 10 - Stefan Inglot, Polish historian (died 1994)
- March 29 - Marcel Aymé, French author (died 1967)
- April 6 - Julien Torma, French poet and dramatist (died 1933)
- April 9 - Lord David Cecil, English literary critic and biographer (died 1986)
- April 23 - Halldór Laxness, Icelandic novelist (died 1998)
- July 10 - Nicolás Guillén, Afro-Cuban poet (died 1989)
- August 15 - Katharine Brush, short story writer (died 1952)
- August 16 – Georgette Heyer, British novelist (died 1974)
- August 19 - Ogden Nash, US poet and humorist (died 1971)
- October 13 - Arna Bontemps, poet (died 1973)
- October 26 - Beryl Markham, memoirist (died 1986)
- October 31 - Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet (died 1987)
- November 2 - Gyula Illyés, Hungarian author (died 1983)
- November 29 - Carlo Levi, Italian writer (died 1975)
- January 7 - Wilhelm Hertz, German poet and translator, 66
- April 6 - Gleb Uspensky, Russian writer, 58
- April 20 - Frank R. Stockton, writer and humorist, 68
- May 6 - Bret Harte, author, poet, 65
- June 10 - Jacint Verdaguer, Catalan poet, 57
- June 18 - Samuel Butler, novelist, 66
- August 31 - Mathilde Wesendonck, German poet, 73
- September 11 - Ernst Dümmler, German historian, 72
- September 19 - Masaoka Shiki, Japanese haiku poet, 35 (Pott's disease)
- September 29
- October 7 - George Rawlinson, historian, 89
- October 13 - John George Bourinot, Canadian historian, 65
- October 25 - Frank Norris, novelist, 32 (peritonitis)
- November 16 - G. A. Henty, adventure novelist, 69
- ^ Frege, Gottlob (1997). In Beaney, Michael. The Frege Reader. Oxford: Blackwell. p. 253. ISBN 978-0-631-19445-3.
- ^ "Thousands March At Funeral of Emile Zola: Municipal Guards Line the Route to Preserve Order. Dreyfus Attends After All, Is Unnoticed by the Crowd -- Mme. Zola Gave Him Back His Promise to Stay Away -- Very Little Disorder". The New York Times. 6 October 1902.
- ^ Moody, T. W.; Martin, F. X., ed. (1967). The Course of Irish History. Cork: Mercier Press. p. 380.
- ^ a b c d e f g Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pp. 460–461. ISBN 0-304-35730-8.
- ^ Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6.
- ^ "A Time-Line of Poetry in English". Representative Poetry Online. University of Toronto. Archived from the original on 28 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-20.