1679 in literature

This article lists some of the most significant events of the year 1679 in literature.


*John Locke returns to England from France.
*Étienne Baluze becomes almoner to King Louis XIV of France.
*Thomas Otway returns from military service in the Netherlands.
*In June, Nathaniel Lee's play "The Massacre at Paris" (about the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, as was Marlowe's play of the same title) was suppressed by the Stuart regime as anti-French. (The French were English allies at the time.)

New books

*Beaumont and Fletcher - the second Beaumont and Fletcher folio
*Charles Blount - "Anima Mundi"

New drama

*Aphra Behn - "The Feigned Courtesans"
**"The Young King"
*John Crowne - "The Ambitious Statesman, or the Loyal Favourite"
*John Dryden - "Oedipus"
**"Troilus and Cressida, or Truth Found Too Late" (adapted from Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida")
*Nathaniel Lee - "Caesar Borgia"
**"The Massacre at Paris"
*Thomas Otway - "The History and Fall of Caius Marius"
*Jacques Pradon - "La Troade"
*Thomas Shadwell - "The Woman Captain"


*"Ephelia" (Mary Villiers?) - "Female Poems...by Ephelia"


*January 24 - Christian Wolff (philosopher) (died 1745)
*August 16 - Catherine Trotter Cockburn, novelist, dramatist and philosopher (died 1749)
*September 11 - Thomas Parnell, clergyman and poet (died 1718)
*September 24 - Eugenio Gerardo Lobo, soldier and poet (died 1750)
*September 26 - Johann Gottlob Carpzov, Biblical scholar (died 1767)
*October 26 - Heinrich Jacob Bashuysen, printer (died c. 1750)
*"date unknown"
**Abel Evans, poet (died 1737)
**Charles Johnson, dramatist (died 1748)
**Robert Wodrow, Scottish historian (died 1734)
*"probable" - Penelope Aubin, novelist and translator (died c. 1731)


*January 11 - Joannes Lucius, Dalmatian historian (born 1604)
*February 5 - Joost van den Vondel, Dutch dramatist (born 1587)
*April 4 - Christian Hoffmann von Hoffmannswaldau, German poet (born 1616)
*October 12 - William Gurnall, religious writer (born 1617)
*October 26 - Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery (born 1621)
*December 4 - Thomas Hobbes, philosopher (born 1588)
*"date unknown"
**Jacob Alting, philologist and theologian (born 1618)
**Johann Michael Vansleb, theologian and linguist (born 1635)

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