1617 in literature

The year 1617 in literature involved some significant events.


*On March 4, the Shrovetide riot of the London 'prentices damages the Cockpit Theatre. Impressario Christopher Beeston rebuilds it, and christens it the Phoenix for its rebirth.
*The collected works of John Calvin are published posthumously in Geneva.
*Martin Opitz founds the Fruchtbringende Gesellschaft at Weimar.
*Ben Johnson becomes Poet Laureate.
*Alcemist/Hermeticist esoteric thinker Robert Fludd begins the publication of his life's work, the "Utriusque Cosmi...Historia", which in future years proliferates through mutiple published Volumes, Tractates, Sections, and Portions, only to remain incomplete at the time of Fludd's death two decades later.
*Two pseudonumous publications in the Joseph Swetnam anti-feminist controversy appear in 1617: "Esther Hath Hang'd Haman" by "Esther Sowernam," and "The Worming of a Mad Dog" by "Constantia Munda." Only Rachel Speght published her response to Swetnam, "A Muzzle for Melastomus", under her own name.

New books

*Miguel de Cervantes - "Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda" (posthumous)
*Robert Fludd - "Utriusque Cosmi...Historia, Tomus Primus" ("The History of the Two Worlds, Volume 1")
*Barnabe Rich - "The Irish Hubbub, or the English Hue and Cry"

New drama

*Ben Jonson - "The Vision of Delight;" "Lovers Made Men"
*Thomas Middleton & William Rowley - "A Fair Quarrel" published
*Théodore de Viau - "Pyramus et Thisbe"


*"date unknown" - Ralph Cudworth, philosopher (died 1688)
*"date unknown" - William Gurnall, Christian writer (died 1679)
*"date unknown" - Vavasor Powell, Nonconformist writer (died 1670)


*February 16 - Kaspar Ulenberg, theologian and translator (born 1549)
*May 7 - Jacques Auguste de Thou, historian (born 1553)
*September 25 - Francisco Suárez, philosopher and theologian (born 1548)
*November 10 - Barnabe Rich, soldier and story-teller (born c1540)
*"date unknown" - Giovanni Botero, political theorist and poet (born 1544)
*"date unknown" - Thomas Coryat, travel writer (born c1577)
*"date unknown" - John Layfield, theologian

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