1673 in literature

The year 1673 in literature involved some significant events.


*With the death of Sir Henry Herbert, Thomas Killigrew is appointed Master of the Revels. Killigrew and the King's Company revive Killigrew's "The Parson's Wedding" with an all-female cast, a tactic first used in a 1664 production.
*In response to events of the Third Anglo-Dutch War, John Dryden's topical play "Amboyna", about events in the East Indies, is reportedly "contrived and written in a month" — certainly one of the fastest acts of solo dramatic composition known. The drama premiers onstage in May.
*Elkanah Settle's tragedy "The Empress of Morocco", acted by the Duke's Company, is published in quarto; in addition to its frontispiece illustration, the quarto contains five woodcuts depicting scenes in the play — the first English play text illustrated in this way. Settle's play also inspires a farce with the same title, probably by Thomas Duffet, performed by the King's Company and published the following year.

New books

*Bathsua Makin - "An Essay to Revive the Ancient Education of Gentlewomen"
*"England's appeal from the Private Cabal at Whitehall to the Great Council of the Nation by a true Lover of his Country" - pamphlet attributed to Sir William Coventry
*Francis Kirkman - "The Unlucky Citizen"
*Johannes Schefferus - "Lapponia"
*"Shugi Washo"
*Thomas Traherne - "Roman Forgeries"

New drama

*Aphra Behn - "The Dutch Lover"
*Sir William Davenant - "News from Plymouth", "The Law Against Lovers", "The Fair Favourite", and "The Siege" published posthumously
*John Dryden - "Amboyna, or the Cruelties of the Dutch to the English Merchants"
** - "Marriage à la Mode"
*Molière - "Le malade imaginaire"
*Henry Nevil Payne - "The Fatal Jealousy"
*Edward Ravenscroft - "The Careless Lovers"
*Elkanah Settle - "The Empress of Morocco"


*"Poems of Mr. John Milton" (2nd edition)


*January 1 - Johannes Kelpius, German Pietist writer (died 1708)
*October 26 - Dimitrie Cantemir, first author of a book in Romanian (died 1723)
*"date unknown"
**George Lockhart, Scottish politician and writer (died 1731)
**John Oldmixon, English historian (died 1742)


*February 17 - Molière (born 1622)
*March - Joseph Caryl, Nonconformist theologian (born 1602)
*March 15 - Salvator Rosa, Italian painter and poet (born 1615)
*June 25 - D'Artagnan, soldier, inspiration for Dumas' character
*December - Margaret Cavendish, poet and biographer (born 1623)
*"date unknown"
**Richard Braithwaite, English poet (born 1588)
**Ingen, Chinese Buddhist poet (born 1592)
**Katarina Zrinska, Croatian poet (born c. 1625)

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