1602 in literature

The year 1602 in literature involved some significant events.


*On February 2, the King's Men perform "Twelfth Night" at the Middle Temple.
*On May 4, Richard Hakluyt is installed as prebendary of Westminster.
*On November 8, The Bodleian Library at Oxford University opens to the public.
*Sir Henry Wotton uncovers a plot to murder King James VI of Scotland.

New books

*Thomas Campion - "Observations in the Art of English Poetry"
*Richard Carew - "A Survey of Cornwall"
*Sir Hugh Plat - "Delightes for Ladies" (book of recipes and household hints)

New drama

*Anonymous - "Thomas Lord Cromwell" published
*Henry Chettle - "Hoffmann"
*John Davies of Hereford - "Mirum in Modum"
*Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton - "Blurt, Master Constable"
*Ben Jonson - "The Poetaster" published
*Sir David Lyndsay - "Humanity and Sensuality" published
*John Marston - "Antonio and Mellida" published
*William Shakespeare - "Hamlet" performed, "The Merry Wives of Windsor" published


*Giambattista Marino - "Le Rime"
*Cristóbal de Virués - "El Monserrate segundo"


*March 29 - John Lightfoot, theologian (died 1675)
*May 2 - Athanasius Kircher, scholar (died 1680)
*May 10 - Samuel Newman, Biblical commentator (died 1663)
*"date unknown" - Robert Baillie, Protestant historian (died 1662)
*"date unknown" - Juan Pérez de Montalbán, dramatist and poet (died1638)


*February 13 - Alexander Nowell, theologian (born c1507)
*October 13 - Franciscus Junius (the elder), theologian (born 1545)
*October 30 - Jean-Jacques Boissard, poet (born 1528)
*"date unknown" - Bartholomew Griffin, poet
*"date unknown" - Jean Passerat, poet and satirist (born 1534)
*"date unknown" - Jean Pithou, author (born 1534)

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