1666 in literature

1666 in literature

The year 1666 in literature involved some significant events.


* Samuel Pepys records details of the Great Fire of London in his diary.
* Aphra Behn goes to Antwerp to work as a government spy.

New books

*Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux - "Satires du Sieur D...."
*John Bunyan - "Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners"
*Thomas Hobbes - "De principiis et ratiocinatione geometrarum"
*Gottfried Leibniz - "De Arte Combinatoria ('On the Art of Combination')"

New drama

*James Howard - "The English Monsieur"
*Molière - "Le Misanthrope"


*March 21 - Ogyū Sorai, Japanese Confucian philosopher (died 1728)
*July 10 - John Ernest Grabe, German-born theologian (died 1711)
*August 13
**René Massuet, French patrologist (died 1716)
**William Wotton, British scholar (died 1727)
* "date unknown"
**Mary Astell, the "first British feminist" (died 1731)
**Josiah Burchett, clerk to Samuel Pepys (died 1746)
**Mary Pix, English novelist and dramatist (died 1709)
* "probable" - John Harris, encyclopaedist (died 1719)


* June 30 - Alexander Brome, poet (born 1620)
*August 24 - Dom Francisco Manuel de Mello, Portuguese writer (born 1608)
* October 29 - James Shirley (born 1596)
*November - Jeremias de Dekker, Dutch poet (born c. 1610)
*"date unknown"
**Gysbert Japiks, Frisian writer (born 1603)
**Song Yingxing, Chinese encyclopaedist (born 1587)

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