1721 in literature

The year 1721 in literature involved some significant events and new books.

Events

* Around this time ("first" is debated), inoculation for smallpox began in England.
* John Cleland becomes a pupil at Westminster School and is soon expelled for an unknown offense.
* Francis Atterbury is arrested for plotting against the Hanoverian monarchy and being a "Jacobite".
* The South Sea Bubble burst, with many losses of fortune, including John Gay, and there are increasing suspicions of complicity by Robert Walpole's government.

New books

* Joseph Addison - "The Works of Joseph Addison"
* Penelope Aubin - "The Strange Adventures of the Count de Vinevil and His Family"
** - "The Life of Madam de Beaumont"
* Nathan Bailey - "An Universal Etymological Dictionary"
* George Berkeley - "An Essay Towards Preventing the Ruine of Great Britain"
* Richard Blackmore - "A New Version of the Psalms of David"
* Shaftesbury - "Letters from the Late Earl of Shaftesbury, to Robert Molesworth"
* Charles Gildon - "The Laws of Poetry"
* Eliza Haywood - "Letters from a Lady of Quality to a Chevalier" (transl.)
* Montesquieu - "Lettres persanes" ("Persian Letters")
* Alexander Pennecuik - "An Ancient Prophecy Concerning Stock-Jobbing, and the Conduct of the Directors of the South-Sea-Company"
* Matthew Prior - "Colin's Mistakes"
* John Strype - "Ecclesiastical Memorials"
* Emanuel Swedenborg - "Prodromus principiorum rerum naturalium"
* Jonathan Swift - "The Bubble"
** - "A Letter to a Young Gentlleman, Lately Enter'd into Holy Orders"
* Thomas Tickell - "Kensington Garden"
* Robert Wodrow - "The History of the Sufferings of the Church of Scotland"

New drama

* Colley Cibber - "The Refusal"
* Eliza Haywood - "The Fair Captive"
* John Mottley - "Antiochus"
* Thomas Odell - "The Chimera"
* Edward Young - "The Revenge"

Births

* March 19 - Tobias Smollett, Scottish physician and author (died 1771)
* November 9 - Mark Akenside, poet (died 1770)
* December 27 - François Hemsterhuis, moral philosopher (died 1790)
*"date unknown"
** William Collins, poet (died 1759)
** Johann Silberschlag, theologian (died 1791)

Deaths

* January 3 - Juan Núñez de la Peña, historian (born 1641)
* August 13 - Jacques Lelong, French bibliographer (born 1665)
* September 18 - Matthew Prior, British poet and diplomat (born 1664)
* December 12 - Alexander Selkirk, the model for "Robinson Crusoe" (born 1676)
*"date unknown"
** Charlwood Lawton, Jacobite author
** Antoine Watteau, French painter


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