1748 in literature
The year 1748 in literature involved some significant events and new books.
* The French break the British siege of
* End of the
War of the Austrian Successionwith the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle
* While in debtor's prison in
London, John Clelandwrites "Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure", also known as "Fanny Hill", considered the first modern "erotic novel" by some.
Euler’s fifth paper on nautical topics, E137, is written but published later, in 1750.
Mark Akenside- "An Ode to the Earl of Huntingdon"
George Anson- "A Voyage Round the World"
John Cleland- "Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure" (aka " Fanny Hill")
Robert Dodsley- "A Collection of Poems" (a publisher's anthology)
Eliza Haywood- "Life's Progress through the Passions" (novel)
James Hervey- "Meditations and Contemplations"
David Hume- " An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding"
** - "Three Essays, Moral and Political"
* William Kenrick - "The Town"
Mary Leapor- "Poems"
* William Melmoth, as "Sir Thomas Fitzosborne, bart." - "Letters"
* Montesquieu - "De l'esprit des lois" ("
The Spirit of the Laws")
Ambrose Philips- "Pastorals, Epistles, Odes and Other Original Poems"
Laetitia Pilkington- "Memoirs"
Samuel Richardson- " Clarissa", vols. ii - vii
Thomas Sheridan- "The Simile"
The Adventures of Roderick Random"
** English translation of "The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane" by
Alain-René Le Sage
* James Thomson - "The Castle of Indolence"
François-Vincent Toussaint- " Les Mœurs"
Horace Walpole- "A Second and Third Letter to the Whigs"
Thomas Warton- "Poems"
John Wesley- "A Letter to a Person Lately Join'd with the People call'd Quakers"
Peter Whalley- "An Enquiry into the Learning of Shakespeare"
Jean-François Marmontel- "Denys le Tyran"
Edward Moore- "The Foundling"
January 1- Gottfried August Bürger, German poet (died 1794)
February 15- Jeremy Bentham(died 1832)
April 27- Pierre-Louis Ginguené, French author (died 1815)
May 7- Olympe de Gouges, dramatist (died 1793)
August 27- James Thomson, Scottish poet (born 1700)
September 21- John Balguy, English philosopher (born 1686)
November 25: Isaac Watts(born 1674)
* Charles Johnson, dramatist, pub owner, and "dunce"
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