This article contains information about the literary events and publications of 1609.
- January 1 – The Children of the Blackfriars perform Thomas Middleton's A Trick to Catch the Old One at the English royal court.
- January 15 – Avisa Relation oder Zeitung, an early newspaper, begins publication in Wolfenbüttel (Holy Roman Empire).
- May 20 – The London publisher Thomas Thorpe issues Shake-speares Sonnets, with a dedication to "Mr. W. H.", and the poem A Lover's Complaint appended. It is unclear whether this has Shakespeare's authority.
- July 28 – The Sea Venture is wrecked in Bermuda – an event thought to be an inspiration for Shakespeare's play The Tempest.
- October 12 – A version of the rhyme "Three Blind Mice" appears in Deuteromelia or The Seconde part of Musicks melodie (London). The editor and possible author of the verse is the teenage Thomas Ravenscroft.
- December 8 – The Sala Fredericiana, the first reading room of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, opens. It is one of the first major libraries to have bookshelves ranged along the walls.
- December 21 – William Ames delivers a controversial sermon for St Thomas's Day criticizing the "heathenish debauchery" of Cambridge students during the Twelve Days of Christmas.
- December 24 – John Marston, having retired from writing for the theater, is ordained a priest.
- c. December – Ben Jonson's comedy Epicœne, or The silent woman is premièred at the Whitefriars Theatre in London by the Children of the Queen's Revels led by Nathan Field.
- unknown date – Jacques Auguste de Thou's Historia sui temporis is placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum.
- Douay–Rheims Bible
- Charles Butler – The Feminine Monarchie, or the History of Bees
- Thomas Dekker
- Four Birds of Noah's Ark
- The Gull's Hornbook
- Inca Garcilaso de la Vega – Comentarios Reales de los Incas
- Edward Grimeston – A General History of the Netherlands
- Hugo Grotius – Mare liberum
- Johannes Kepler – Astronomia nova
- Bartolomé Leonardo de Argensola – Conquista de las Islas Molucas
- Marc Lescarbot – Histoire de la Nouvelle-France
- Thomas Middleton
- Sir Robert Sherley his Entertainment in Cracovia (translation)
- The Two Gates of Salvation
- William Rowley – A Search for Money
- St. Francis de Sales – Introduction à la vie dévote (Introduction to the Devout Life)
- Wang Qi (王圻) and Wang Siyi (王思义) – Sancai Tuhui (三才圖會, Illustrations of the Three Powers)
- Anonymous – Every Woman in Her Humour (published)
- Robert Armin (published)
- The History of the Two Maids of More-clacke
- The Italian Tailor and his Boy
- Fulke Greville – Mustapha (published)
- Ben Jonson
- William Shakespeare (published)
- February 10 – Sir John Suckling, English poet (died 1642)
- February 18 – Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, English historian (died 1674)
- August 19 – Jean Rotrou, French poet and dramatist (died 1650)
- October 5 – Paul Fleming, German poet (died 1640)
- October 19 – Gerrard Winstanley, English religious and political writer (died 1676)
- December 24 – Philip Warwick, English politician and memoirist (died 1683)
- unknown date – Gauthier de Costes, seigneur de la Calprenède, French novelist and dramatist (died 1663)
- probable – Barbara Blaugdone, English Quaker autobiographer (died 1705)
- January 21 – Joseph Justus Scaliger, French Protestant writer (born 1540)
- March 9 – William Warner, English poet (born c. 1558)
- August 22 – Judah Loew ben Bezalel, Jewish mystic and philosopher (born 1525)
- October 19 – Jacobus Arminius, Dutch theologian (born 1560)
- December 4 – Alexander Hume, Scottish poet (born c. 1560)
- December – Barnabe Barnes, English poet (born c. 1571)
- Thomas Middleton. A Trick to Catch the Old One. University of California Press. p. 11.
- Horn, James (2006). A Land as God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America, pp. 158–160. New York: Basic Books. ISBN 0-465-03094-7.
- Opie, Iona; Peter (1997). The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 306. ISBN 978-0-19-860088-6.
- Campbell, James W. P. (2013). The Library: A World History. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 978-0-500-34288-6.
- Neues Konversations-Lexikon: e. Wörterbuch d. allgemeinen Wissens. Thee - Zzubin (in German). Bibliograph.Inst. 1872. p. 47.
- Sykes, J. B., ed. (1978). "Douai". The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English (6th ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 309.
- Margarita Zamora (May 27, 1988). Language, Authority, and Indigenous History in the Comentarios Reales de Los Incas. Cambridge University Press. p. 43. ISBN 978-0-521-35087-7.
- Zecher, Carla (2008). "Marc Lescarbot Reads Jacques Cartier: Colonial History in the Service of Propaganda". L'Esprit Créateur. 48 (1): 107–119. ISSN 0014-0767. JSTOR 26289459.
- William-Carew Hazlitt (1874). Prefaces, Dedications, Epistles Selected from Early English Books 1540-1701. Whittigham & Wilkins. p. 214.
- University of Nebraska (Lincoln campus). Graduate College (1953). Abstracts of Doctoral Dissertations. University of Nebraska. p. 136.
- Richard Lawrence Ollard (1988). Clarendon and His Friends. Atheneum. p. 362. ISBN 978-0-689-11731-2.
- François Guizot; Guizot (M., François) (1852). Corneille and His Times. R. Bentley. p. 333. ISBN 978-0-8046-1569-3.
- Jean Chrétien Ferdinand Hoefer, Nouvelle biographie générale, vol XXVIII, Paris, Firmin-Didot, 1859, p.447-9.
- Betty Travitsky; Patrick Cullen; Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler (January 1, 2000). Life Writings: Volume 2. Ashgate. p. xx. ISBN 978-0-7546-0209-5.
- Hugo Grotius (1995). Hugo Grotius, Ordinum Hollandiae AC Westfrisiae Pietas (1613): Critical Edition with English Translation and Commentary. BRILL. p. 16. ISBN 90-04-10385-6.
- D. L. Kirkpatrick (1991). Reference Guide to English Literature: Introductions ; Writers A-G. St. James Press. p. 216. ISBN 978-1-55862-078-0.