1718 in literature

The year 1718 in literature involved some significant events and new books.

Events

* "The Freethinker" (newspaper) is founded by Ambrose Philips and Hugh Boulter.
* Laurence Eusden becomes Poet Laureate of Great Britain.
* Voltaire is released from the Bastille, while Marguerite De Launay, Baronne Staal, begins a two-year sentence.
* Ludvig Holberg becomes a professor at the University of Copenhagen.

New books

* Joseph Addison
**"Poems on Several Occasions"
**"The Resurrection"
* Nicholas Amhurst - "Protestant Popery; or, The Convocation" (part of the Bangorian Controversy)
* Daniel Defoe (attr.) - "A Vindication of the Press"
* Charles Gildon - "The Complete Art of Poetry"
* Mary Hearne - "The Lover's Week"
* Simon Ockley - "The History of the Saracens", volume 2
* Richardson Pack - "Miscellanies in Verse and Prose"
* Ambrose Philips - "The Free-Thinker" (periodical)
* Alexander Pope - "The Iliad of Homer" iv
* Thomas Purney - "The Cevalier de St. George"
* Allan Ramsay -"Christ's Kirk on the Green" (revised version)
* John Ray - "Philosophical Letters"
* John Strype - "The Life and Acts of John Witgift"
* John Toland - "Nazarenus, or Jewish, Gentile and Mahometan Christianity"
* John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester - "Remains of the Earl of Rochester"

New drama

* Charles Beckingham - "Scipio Africanus"
* John Durant Breval - "The Play is the Plot"
* Susanna Centlivre - "A Bold Stroke for a Wife"
* Colley Cibber - "The Non-Juror"
* Charles Molloy - "The Coquet, or the English Chevalier"
* Richard Savage - "Love in a Veil"
* Elkanah Settle & Lewis Theobald - "The Lady's Triumph"
* Lewis Theobald
**"Orestes" (opera)
**"Pan and Syrinx" (opera)
* Voltaire - "Oedipe"

Births

* February 18
**Søren Abildgaard, Danish naturalist, author and artist (died 1791)
**Robert Henry, Scottish historian (died 1790)
* April 7 - Hugh Blair, Scottish rhetorician (died 1800)
* May 16 - Maria Gaetana Agnesi, philosopher (died 1799)
* July 18 - Saverio Bettinelli, Italian Jesuit writer (died 1808)

Deaths

*April 27Jacques Bernard, French theologian (b. 1658)
*July 28Étienne Baluze, French scholar (b. 1630)
*December 9 - Vincenzo Coronelli (born 1674)
*"date unknown"
**Gaspard Abeille, French lyric and tragic poet (b. 1648)
** Richard Cumberland, philosopher (b. 1631)
**Jonas Danilssønn Ramus, Norwegian historian (b. 1649)
** Nicholas Rowe, English dramatist (b. 1674)


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