1638 in literature

1638 in literature

The year 1638 in literature involved some significant events.


*February 6 - "Luminalia", a masque written by Sir William Davenant and designed by Inigo Jones, is staged at the English Court.
*March 27 - the King's Men perform Chapman's tagedy "Bussy D'Ambois" at Court.
*October 27 - the King's Men act Ben Jonson's "Volpone" at the Blackfriars Theatre.
*Swiss engraver Matthäus Merian produces his illustrated view of London.

New books

*Méric Casaubon - "A Treatise of Use and Custom"
*Johann Amos Comenius - "Janua Linguarum Reserata, or a Seed-Plot of All Languages and Sciences"
*Sir Kenelm Digby - "A Conference With a Lady About a Choice of Religion"
*Robert Fludd - "Philosophia Moysaica"
*John Lilburne - "A Work of the Beast"
*Philip Massinger - "The Duke of Milan" (second quarto)
*Captain John Underhill - "News from America, or a New and Experimental Discovery of New England"
*John Wilkins - "The Discovery of a World in the Moon"

New drama

*Richard Brome - "The Antipodes"
*Antonio Coello - "El conde de Sex, o Dar la vida por su dama"
*Pierre Corneille - "Le Cid" (first English translation)
*Abraham Cowley - "Naufragium Joculare" (in Latin)
*William Davenant
**"The Unfortunate Lovers"
**"The Fair Favorite"
**"Luminalia" (masque)
**"Brittania Triumphans" (masque)
*John Ford
**"The Lady's Trial" licensed
**"The Fancies Chaste and Noble" published
*Thomas Heywood - "The Wise Woman of Hogsdon" published
*William Johnson - "Valetudinarium" (in Latin)
*Thomas Jordan (attributed) - "The Wasp"
*Henry Killigrew – "The Conspiracy" published
*John Kirke (?) or Wentworth Smith (?) - "The Seven Champions of Christendom" published
*Tirso de Molina - "Las Quinas de Portugal"
*Thomas Nabbes - "The Bride"
*Thomas Randolph - "Amyntas, or the Impossible Dowry" published
*William Rowley - "A Shoemaker a Gentleman" published
*Pierre du Ryer - "Alcione"
*Henry Shirley - "The Martyr'd Soldier" published
*James Shirley
**"The Royal Master" performed and published
**"The Duke's Mistress" published
*Sir John Suckling - "The Goblins"

New poetry

*John Barclay - "The Mirror of Minds" (posthumous)
*Richard Braithwaite (alias "Corymbaeus") - "Barnabee's Journal" (In Latin and English versions)
*Abraham Cowley - "Love's Riddle"
*William Davenant - "Madagascar, with other Poems"
*Francis Lenton - "Great Britain's Beauties; or, The Female Glory Epitomized"
*Shackerley Marmion - "A Funeral Sacrifice, to the Sacred Memory of his Thrice-Honored Father, Ben Jonson"
*John Milton - "Lycidas"


*January 24 - Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, poet (died 1706)
*May 13 - Richard Simon, Biblical commentator (died 1712)
*August 6 - Nicolas Malebranche, philosopher (died 1715)
*October - Edmé Boursault, dramatist (died 1701)


*January 27 - Gonzalo de Céspedes y Meneses, novelist (born c.1585)
*June 25 - Juan Pérez de Montalbán, dramatist, poet and novelist (born c.1602)
*December 8 - Ivan Gundulić, poet (born 1589)
*"date unknown" - Jeremias Drexel, Jesuit writer (born 1581)

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