1667 in literature

1667 in literature

The year 1667 in literature involved some significant events.


* The Roman Catholic Church places the works of René Descartes on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum.
* Molière's play, "Tartuffe", is banned.
* Edmund Castell is imprisoned for debt.
* Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, is impeached by Parliament and forced into exile in France, where he spends the rest of his life working on his history of the English Civil War.
* Elias Ashmole presents 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.
* Sir 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 Dryden and Sir William Davenant, premiers on November 7.

New books

*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"

New drama

*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 Shakespeare's play)
*Jean Racine - "Andromaque"
*Sir 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 Arbuthnot satirist (died 1735)
* November 30 - Jonathan Swift author (died 1745)
* "probable" - Susanna Centlivre actress (died 1723)


* May 2 - George Wither poet (born 1588)
* May 14 - Georges de Scudéry poet (born 1601)
* July 28 - Abraham Cowley poet (born 1618)
* August 13 - Jeremy Taylor author (born 1613)

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