1677 in literature
The year 1677 in literature involved some significant events.
Roger Morricebegins his "Entring Book."
* Francis North's "A Philosophical Essay of Music" published.
Thomas Killigrew, ineffective after four years in the office of Master of the Revels, is replaced by his son Charles.
*Two plays on the same subject of King Edgar are acted in 1677:
Edward Ravenscroft's tragicomedy"King Edgar and Alfreda", and Thomas Rymer's "Edgar, or the English Monarch". Rymer's play is a flop; it precedes his famous "The Tragedies of the Last Age Considered" by a scant year.
Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery- "Treatise of the Art of War"
John Milton- "The History of Britain"
*John Banks - "The Rival Kings" (adapted from la Calprenède's "Cassandre")
Aphra Behn- "The Rover"
** - "The Debauchee" (adapted from
Richard Brome's " A Mad Couple Well-Match'd")
Thomas Betterton- "The Counterfeit Bridegroom"
*William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle - "The Humorous Lovers" and "The Triumphant Widow" published
John Crowne- "The Destruction of Jerusalem by Titus Vespasian", Parts 1 and 2
Charles Davenant- "Circe" (a "semi-opera" with music by John Banister)
Thomas d'Urfey- "The Fond Husband, or the Plotting Sisters"
*John Learned - "The Country Innocence"
Nathaniel Lee- "The Rival Queens"
Thomas Otway- "The Cheats of Scapin" (adapted from Molière's "Fourberies de Scapin")
** - "Titus and Berenice" (adapted from
*Thomas Porter - "The French Conjurer"
Jean Racine- " Phèdre"
Edward Ravenscroft- "King Edgar and Alfreda"
** - "Scaramouch a Philosopher, Harlequin a Schoolboy, Bravo a Merchant and Magician"
Thomas Rymer- "Edgar, or the English Monarch"
Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery- "On the Death of Abraham Cowley"
August 25- Jean-Joseph Languet de Gergy, theologian (died 1753)
*"date unknown" -
Elizabeth Wardlaw, poet (born 1727)
February 21- Baruch Spinoza, philosopher (born 1632)
May 24- Anders Bording, poet and journalist (born 1619)
September 11- James Harrington(born 1611)
October 14- Francis Glisson, medical writer (born 1597)
Jacques de Coras, poet (born 1630)
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