- 1667 in literature
The year 1667 in literature involved some significant events.
Roman Catholic Churchplaces the works of René Descarteson the Index Librorum Prohibitorum.
Molière's play, " Tartuffe", is banned.
Edmund Castellis imprisoned for debt.
Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, is impeachedby Parliamentand forced into exilein France, where he spends the rest of his life working on his history of the English Civil War.
Elias Ashmolepresents the library of John Tradescant to the University of Oxford.
*On April 15, Edward Howard's play "The Change of Crowns" premiers in London. Actor John Lacy improvises a few lines about influence-peddling at court, angering King Charles II, a member of the audience (as is
Samuel Pepys). The theatre is closed for a time, and Lacy is jailed.
William Davenant's adaptation of the old play " Greene's Tu Quoque" premiers on September 12.
* "The Tempest, or The Enchanted Island", the adaptation of
Shakespeare's "Tempest" by John Drydenand Sir William Davenant, premiers on November 7.
Margaret Cavendish- Biography of William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle
John Dryden- "Annus Mirabilis, the Year of Wonders 1666"
Thomas Sprat- "The History of the Royal Society"
Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery- "The Black Prince"
*J. Caryl - "The English Princess, or the Death of Richard III"
Pierre Corneille- "Attila"
*William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle - "The Humorous Lovers"
John Dryden- "Secret Love, or the Maiden Queen"
Richard Flecknoe- "The Damoiselles a la Mode"
*Edward Howard - "The Change of Crowns"
*James Howard - "All Mistaken"
*John Lacy - "Sauny the Scot, or the Taming of the Shrew" (adapted from
Jean Racine- " Andromaque"
Charles Sedley- "Antony and Cleopatra"
Elkanah Settle- "Cambyses, King of Persia"
*Sir Thomas St. Serfe - "Tarugo's Wiles"
John Milton- " Paradise Lost"
April 29- John Arbuthnotsatirist (died 1735)
November 30- Jonathan Swiftauthor (died 1745)
* "probable" -
Susanna Centlivreactress (died 1723)
May 2- George Witherpoet (born 1588)
May 14- Georges de Scudérypoet (born 1601)
July 28- Abraham Cowleypoet (born 1618)
August 13- Jeremy Taylorauthor (born 1613)
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