1655 in literature

1655 in literature

The year 1655 in literature involved some significant events.


* Jeremy Taylor is imprisoned for four months at Chepstow Castle.
* Thomas Stanley begins his "History of Philosophy".
* The Blackfriars Theatre is demolished on August 6.
* On October 29, Lord Mayor's Day, Edmund Gayton's pageant "Charity Triumphant or the Virgin Show" is staged in London; it is the first City pageant in fifteen years.

New books

*John Bramhall - "Defense of True Liberty"; Bramhall, an Anglican divine, begins a correspondence of treatises with Thomas Hobbes
*Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle - "The World's Olio"
*Thomas Fuller - "The Church History of Britain"
*John Heydon - "Eugenius Theodidacticus"
*William Prynne - "A New Discovery of Free-State Tyranny"
*Sir William Sales - "Theophania"
*John Wallis - "Elenchus geomeiriae Hobbianae", an attack on the work of Thomas Hobbes
*Izaak Walton - "The Compleat Angler," second edition

Published plays

*Anonymous - "The Gossips' Brawl, or the Women Wear the Breeches"
*Anthony Brewer - "The Lovesick King"
*Lodowick Carlell - "The Passionate Lovers, Parts 1 and 2"
*Robert Daborne - "The Poor Man's Comfort"
*Robert Davenport - "King John and Matilda"
*Thomas Heywood & William Rowley - "Fortune by Land and Sea"
*Sir William Lower - "Polyeuctes, or the Martyr"
*Philip Massinger - "Three New Plays", a collection that included "The Guardian," "The Bashful Lover," and (with John Fletcher) "A Very Woman"
*William Rider - "The Twins"
*James Shirley- "The Gentleman of Venice" and "The Politician"


* Henry Vaughan - "Silex Scintillans" (part 2)


* January 1 - Christian Thomasius, philosopher (born 1728)


* February 25 - Daniel Heinsius, poet (born 1580)
* July 28 - Cyrano de Bergerac, dramatist, himself the subject of a famous play by Edmond Rostand (born 1619)
* September 7 - François Tristan l'Hermite, dramatist (born c.1601)
* October 24 - Pierre Gassendi, philosopher (born 1592)

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