1620 in literature

The year 1620 in literature involved some significant events.


*"" by Henry Ainsworth is the only book brought to New England by the pilgrim settlers.
*Thomas Middleton is appointed chronologer of the City of London.
*Appearance of the second version of The Ballad of Chevy Chase.

New books

*Francis Bacon - "Novum Organum"
*John Bainbridge's translation of Ptolemy's "De Planetarum Hypothesibus"
*Standard Welsh Bible, translated by Bishop William Morgan, Richard Parry and John Davies (Mallwyd).
*Salomon de Caus - "Hortus Palatinus"
*Thomas Rowlands - "The Night Raven"

New drama

*Anonymous (Thomas Heywood?) - "Swetnam the Woman-Hater" published
*Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher - "Philaster" published
*Thomas Dekker and Philip Massinger - "The Virgin Martyr"
*Ben Jonson - "News from the New World Discovered in the Moon" (masque)
** - "Pan's Anniversary" (masque)
*Thomas Middleton & William Rowley - "The World Tossed at Tennis" (masque)


*March 10 - Nikolaes Heinsius the Elder, philologist and theologian (died1667) (died 1681)
*July 20 - Nikolaes Heinsius, poet and scholar
*October 31 - John Evelyn, diarist (d. 1706)
*November 10 - Ninon de l'Enclos, author and patron of the arts (d. 1705)
*"date unknown" - Alexander Brome, poet (d. 1666)
*"date unknown" - Lucy Hutchinson, biographer (d. 1681)
*"date unknown" - Marchamont Needham, journalist and pamphleteer (d. 1678)
*"probable" - Melchisédech Thévenot, polymath (died 1692)


*February 1 - Mario di Calasio, author of a Hebrew concordance (born 1550)
*February 19 - Roemer Visscher, Dutch writer (b. 1547)
*March 1 - Thomas Campion, poet and composer (b. 1567)
*"date unknown" - Richard Carew, author and translator (born 1555)
*"date unknown" - Nathaniel Field, dramatist (born 1587)

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