17th Century in Literature - New Books and Plays

New Books and Plays

1600
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare
  • England's Helicon (anthology) - including work by Edmund Spenser, Michael Drayton, Thomas Lodge, Philip Sidney and others
  • Old Fortunatus - Thomas Dekker
  • The Spanish Moor's Tragedy - Thomas Dekker, John Marston, and William Haughton
1601
  • Twelfth Night, or What You Will by William Shakespeare
  • Cynthia's Revels - Ben Jonson
  • Disputationes Metaphysicae by Francisco Suárez first published
  • Satiromastix - Thomas Dekker
1602
  • Rymes by Lope de Vega
  • Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare
  • Antonio and Mellida (play) - John Marston
  • Mirum in Modum (poetry) - John Davies of Hereford
  • Satiromastix (play) - Thomas Dekker and John Marston
  • A Survey of Cornwall - Richard Carew
1603
  • The True Law of Free Monarchies by King James I
  • Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
  • Othello by William Shakespeare
  • The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe (published)
1604
  • All's Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare
  • The Honest Whore (play) - Thomas Dekker
  • The Malcontent (play) - John Marston
1605
  • Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare
  • The Dutch Courtesan (play) - John Marston
  • The Tragedy of Philotas (play) - Samuel Daniel
  • The Tragedy of King Lear by William Shakespeare
  • Don Quixote (El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha), Part I - Miguel de Cervantes
  • Epistle concerning the Excellencies of the English Tongue - Richard Carew
1606
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
  • The King James Version of the Holy Bible
1607
  • A Woman Killed with Kindness (play) - Thomas Heywood
  • Bussy D'Ambois (play) - George Chapman
  • Michaelmas Terme (play) - Thomas Middleton
  • The Knight of the Burning Pestle (play) - Francis Beaumont
  • The Famous History of Sir Thomas Wyat (play) - Thomas Dekker and John Webster
  • The Legend of Great Cromwell - Michael Drayton
  • Pericles, Prince of Tyre by William Shakespeare
  • The Revenger's Tragedy by Thomas Middleton
1608
  • Coriolanus by William Shakespeare
  • A Nest of Ninnies - Robert Armin
  • Humour out of Breathe (play) - John Day
  • The Belman of London (play) - Thomas Dekker
  • The Merry Devil of Edmonton (play) - anonymous; has been attributed to William Shakespeare, Michael Drayton and others.
1609
  • The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare
  • Jersulam Conquered (epic poem) by Lope de Vega
  • Fourre Birds of Noahs Arke - Thomas Dekker
1610
  • Sidereus Nuncius by Galileo Galilei
  • Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
  • The Faithful Shepherdess (play) - John Fletcher
1611
  • Fuente Ovejuna (play) - Lope de Vega
  • The Authorized Version (King James version) of the Bible
  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  • Catiline his Conspiracy (play) - Ben Jonson
  • The Roaring Girle (play) - Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton
1612
  • Four Soluloquies - Lope de Vega
  • El comendador de Ocaña (Ocaña's mayor) - Lope de Vega
  • A Woman is a Weather-Cocke - Nathan Field
1613
  • Soledades - Luis de Góngora
  • La dama boba (the fool lady) - Lope de Vega
  • The Dog in the Manger (play) - Lope de Vega
  • Henry VIII by William Shakespeare
  • Tears on the Death of Moeliades - William Drummond of Hawthornden
  • The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois - George Chapman
  • Purchas, his Pilgrimage; or, Relations of the World and the Religions observed in all Ages - Samuel Purchas
1614
  • Bartholomew Fair (play) - Ben Jonson
  • La Lira by Giambattista Marino
  • Fama fraternitatis Roseae Crucis oder Die Bruderschaft des Ordens der Rosenkreuzer - Johannes Valentinus Andreae
1615
  • Don Quixote, Part II - Miguel de Cervantes
  • El caballero de Olmedo (The knight from Olmedo) (play) - Lope de Vega
  • Confessio oder Bekenntnis der Societät und Bruderschaft Rosenkreuz - Johannes Valentinus Andreae
1616
  • Ben Jonson's Works
  • The Whole Works of Homer - George Chapman
  • Chymische Hochzeit Christiani Rosencreutz Anno 1459 - Johannes Valentinus Andreae
  • Rollo, Duke of Normandy (also known as The Bloody Brother) (?1616-30?) - John Fletcher, Ben Jonson, Philip Massinger, George Chapman (The drinking song)
1617
  • Warenar (play) by Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft
  • A Faire Quarrell (play) - Thomas Middleton and William Rowley
1618
  • History of Tythes - John Selden
  • Amends for Ladies (play) - Nathan Field
1619
  • A King and No King (play) - Beaumont and Fletcher
  • The Maid's Tragedy (play) - Beaumont and Fletcher
  • The Shoemaker's Holiday - Thomas Deloney
  • The Custome of the Countrey - John Fletcher and Philip Massinger
  • Reipublicae Christianopolitanae descriptio - Johannes Valentinus Andreae
1620
  • Philaster - Beaumont and Fletcher
1621
  • The Anatomy of Melancholy - Robert Burton
  • Women Beware Women - Thomas Middleton
  • El vergonzoso en palacio - Tirso de Molina
  • The Countess of Montgomery’s Urania - Lady Mary Wroth
1622
  • The Heir (play) - Thomas May
  • The Historie of the Raigne of King Henry the Seventh - Francis Bacon
  • The French Disease - Richard Brome
  • The Beggar's Bush - John Fletcher
  • El tejedor de Segovia - Juan Ruiz de Alarcón
  • The Changeling - Thomas Middleton and William Rowley text
1623
  • L'Adone by Giambattista Marino
  • Love, honour and power (play) - Pedro Calderón de la Barca
  • The Duchess of Malfi - John Webster
  • First Folio - William Shakespeare
1624
  • Circe (poem) bu Lope de Vega
  • Nero Caesar, or Monarchie Depraved - Edmund Bolton
  • The Sun's Darling - John Ford
1625
  • De jure belli ac pacis by Hugo Grotius
  • Complete Essays - Francis Bacon
  • Les Bergeries - Racan
1626
  • El Buscón - Francisco de Quevedo
1627
  • England's schim (play) - Pedro Calderón de la Barca
  • The Bataile of Agincourt - Michael Drayton
  • First Steps up Parnassus - Michael Drayton
1628
  • Microcosmographie - John Earle
1629
  • The Roman Actor (play) - Philip Massinger
  • La Dama Duende (play) - Pedro Calderón de la Barca
  • The Tragedy of Albovine (play) - William D'Avenant
1630
  • The Conceited Pedlar - Thomas Randolph
1631
  • The punishment without vengeance (play) - Lope de Vega
1632
  • L'Allegro - John Milton
  • La Dorotea - Lope de Vega
  • The Fatal Dowry (play) - Nathan Field and Philip Massinger
  • Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems by Galileo Galilei
  • The Muses’ Looking-Glass by Thomas Randolph
1633
  • A New Way to Pay Old Debts (play) - Philip Massinger
  • Love's Sacrifice (play) - John Ford
  • The Gamester (play) - James Shirley
  • The Temple (poetry) - George Herbert
1634
  • Tottenham Court (play) - Thomas Nabbes
1636
  • Life is a dream (play) - Pedro Calderón de la Barca
  • Le Cid (play) - Pierre Corneille
1637
  • La Vega del Parnaso (Parnasos' river bank) - Lope de Vega
  • Discourse on the Method - René Descartes
1638
  • Two New Sciences by Galileo Galilei
  • Alcione (play) - Pierre du Ryer
1639
  • Argalus and Parthenia (play) - Henry Glapthorne
  • The City Match - Jasper Mayne
1640
  • Horace (play) - Pierre Corneille
  • The Bay Psalm Book, the first book printed in North America
  • Joseph's partly-coloured Coat - Thomas Fuller
1641
  • Meditations on First Philosophy - René Descartes
  • Episcopacy by Divine Right - Joseph Hall
  • The Cardinall (play) - James Shirley (first extant edition, 1652)
  • A Joviall Crew (play) - Richard Brome (first extant edition, 1652)
1642
  • September: Playhouses closed in England by government order.
  • Religio Medici Sir Thomas Browne
  • Saul (play) by Pierre du Ryer
1644
  • Principles of Philosophy - René Descartes
  • Areopagitica by John Milton
1646
  • Andronicus or the Unfortunate Politician - Thomas Fuller
  • Pseudodoxia Epidemica or Vulgar Errors - Sir Thomas Browne
1647
  • Philosophical Poems - Henry More
1648
  • The Amorous War - Jasper Mayne
  • Hesperides by Robert Herrick (poet)
1649
  • Eikon Basilike - John Gauden
1650
  • Silex scintillans - Henry Vaughan
1651
  • El alcalde de Zalamea - Pedro Calderón de la Barca
  • Leviathan - Thomas Hobbes
  • Reliquiae Wottonianiae - Sir Henry Wotton (posthumous)
  • Jeune Alcidiane - Marin le Roy de Gomberville
1652
  • Brief Character of the Low Countries - Owen Feltham
  • Theophilia or Love's Sacrifice (poetry) - Edward Benlowes
  • The Cardinall (play) - James Shirley
1653
  • A History of New England - Edward Johnson
  • The Compleat Angler - Izaak Walton
  • Poems and Fancies - Margaret Cavendish
  • The Princess Cloria - Percy Herbert, 2nd Baron Powis
1654
  • Lucifer (play) - Joost van den Vondel
  • Parlhenissa, a novel - Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery
1655
  • L'Étourdi ou les Contretemps first play by Molière
1656
  • El gran teatro del mundo (World's great theatre) (play) - Pedro Calderón de la Barca
  • Nature's Pictures - Margaret Cavendish
  • Oceana by James Harrington
1657
  • Guárdate del agua mansa (Keep out from silent waters) - Pedro Calderón de la Barca
  • Katharina von Georgien (play) by Andreas Gryphius
1658
  • Hydriotaphia, Urn Burial - Sir Thomas Browne
  • The Garden of Cyrus -Sir Thomas Browne
1659
  • Lucasta - Richard Lovelace (posthumous)
  • Pharonnida - William Chamberlayne
1661
  • Elementa jurisprudentiae universalis libri duo by Samuel von Pufendorf
1662
  • A new edition of the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England (this edition remains the officially authorised book to the present day).
1664
  • La Thébaïde (play) - Jean Racine
1665
  • Alexandre le Grand (Alexander the Great) (play) - Jean Racine
  • Memoires of François Bassompierre (posthumous)
1666
  • Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners by John Bunyan
1667
  • Paradise Lost by John Milton
  • Andromaque by Jean Racine
  • Annus Mirabilis, the Year of Wonders 1666 - John Dryden
  • Secret Love (play) - John Dryden
1668
  • Le Tartuffe - Molière
  • The Miser - Molière
  • Simplicius Simplicissimus - Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen
  • Cyprianus Anglicanus - Peter Heylin
  • Essay of Dramatick Poesie - John Dryden
  • Observations upon Experimental Philosophy - Margaret Cavendish
1670
  • Pensées by Blaise Pascal
  • The Conquest of Granada - John Dryden
1671
  • Madame de Sévigné writes her first letter
  • Samson Agonistes - John Milton
  • The Rehearsal (play) - George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham performed
  • Hayy ibn Yaqdhan by Ibn Tufail - translated into Latin by Edward Pococke the Younger as Philosophus Autodidactus
1672
  • Bajacet (play) by Jean Racine
  • Marriage à la mode by John Dryden
  • The Rehearsal (play) by George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham published
  • Hayy ibn Yaqdhan by Ibn Tufail - translated into Dutch by Johannes Bouwmeester
1674
  • Iphigénie (play) by Jean Racine
  • The Tragedy of Nero, Emperour of Rome (play) - Nathaniel Lee
1675
  • The Country Wife by William Wycherley
  • Gerania; a New Discovery of a Little Sort of People, anciently discoursed of, called Pygmies by Joshua Barnes
1676
  • The Man of Mode (play) - George Etherege
  • English-Adventures by a Person of Honor - Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery
1677
  • Phèdre - Jean Racine
  • Treatise of the Art of War - Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery
1678
  • All for Love - John Dryden
  • The True Intellectual System of the Universe - Ralph Cudworth
  • The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
  • Threnodia Carolina - Sir Thomas Herbert
1679
  • Anima Mundi - Charles Blount
1680
  • The Life and Death of Mr Badman - John Bunyan
1681
  • Miscellaneous Poems by Andrew Marvell (posthumous)
  • Absalom and Achitophel by John Dryden
1682
  • The Life of an Amorous Man (好色一代男, Kōshoku Ichidai Otoko) by Ihara Saikaku
1685
  • Five Women Who Loved Love (好色五人女, Kōshoku Gonin Onna) by Ihara Saikaku
1686
  • Hayy ibn Yaqdhan by Ibn Tufail - translated into English by George Ashwell
  • The Life of an Amorous Woman (好色一代女, Kōshoku Ichidai Onna) by Ihara Saikaku
1687
  • The Hind and the Panther - John Dryden
  • The Hind and the Panther Transversed to the Story of the Country and the City Mouse - Matthew Prior
  • Bellamira, or The Mistress (play) - Sir Charles Sedley
  • The Great Mirror of Male Love (The Encyclopedia of Male Love) (男色大鑑, Nanshoku Okagami) by Ihara Saikaku
1688
  • The Eternal Storehouse of Japan (日本永代蔵, Nippon Eitaigura) by Ihara Saikaku
1689
  • The Massacre of Paris (play) - Nathaniel Lee
  • Table Talk - John Selden (posthumous)
1690
  • Amphitryon, or the Two Socias - John Dryden
  • An Essay Concerning Human Understanding - John Locke
  • Memoires of the Navy by Samuel Pepys
1691
  • Athalie (play) - Jean Racine
1692
  • Reckonings that Carry Men Through the World or This Scheming World (世間胸算用, Seken Munazan'yō) by Ihara Saikaku
1693
  • The Impartial Critick - John Dennis
1694
  • The Fatal Marriage (play) - Thomas Southerne
1696
  • Louis de Rouvroy, Duc de Saint-Simon starts writings his Memoirs
1697
  • A New Voyage Round the World - William Dampier
1698
  • The Campaigners (play) - Thomas D'Urfey
1699
  • Dialogues of the Dead - William King and Charles Boyle

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