- 1678 in literature
The year 1678 in literature involved some significant events.
Thomas Otway, escaping from an unhappy love affair, obtains a commission in the army.
Joseph Moxonbecomes the first tradesman to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.
John Bunyan- " The Pilgrim's Progress"
Ralph Cudworth- "The True Intellectual System of the Universe"
*Madame de la Fayette - "
La Princesse de Clèves" (published anonymously)
*Sir Thomas Herbert - "Threnodia Carolina"
Thomas Hobbes- "Decameron Physiologicum"
*Josiah King - "The Examination and Trial of Old Father Christmas Together with his Clearing by the Jury"
Mowing-Devil: or, Strange News out of Hartford-Shire"
Thomas Rymer- "The Tragedies of the Last Age Considered"
*John Banks - "The Destruction of Troy"
Aphra Behn- "Sir Patient Fancy"
*William Chamberlain - "Wits Led by the Nose, or a Poet's Revenge" published
John Dryden- "All for Love"
**"The Kind Keeper"
Thomas d'Urfey- "Trick for Trick"
**"Squire Old-Sapp, or the Night Adventurers"
*Edward Howard - "The Man of Newmarket"
*John Learned - "The Counterfeits"
**"The Rambling Justice"
Thomas Otway- "Friendship in Fashion"
Samuel Pordage- "The Siege of Babylon"
Edward Ravenscroft- "The English Lawyer" (adapted from George Ruggle's Latin play "Ignoramus")
**"Titus Andronicus, or the Rape of Lavinia" (adapted from
Thomas Shadwell- "The History of Timon of Athens the Man-Hater"
**"A True Widow"
Nahum Tate- "Brutus of Alba"
Anne Bradstreet- "Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning" (posthumously published)
*Samuel Butler - "
Hudibras", Part 3
Dorthe Engelbrechtsdatter- "Själens aandelige Sangoffer ("The Souls Spiritual Offering of Song")"
January 10- Paul Gabriel Antoine, theologian (died 1743)
Anna Maria van Schurman, poet
Thomas Hearne, editor of medieval manuscripts (died 1735)
December 14- Daniel Neal, historian (died 1743)
*"date unknown" - William Wogan, religious writer (died
George Farquhar, dramatist (died 1707)
January 16- Madeleine de Souvré, marquise de Sablé, salon hostess and writer
May 4- Abraham Woodhead, Catholic writer (born 1609)
August 16- Andrew Marvell(born 1621)
* date unknown
Richard Flecknoe(born c. 1600)
Theophilus Gale, theologian (born 1628)
Jean de Launoy, French historian (born 1603)
Thomas Sherlock, theologian
**Thomas Stanley (born
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