This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1616.
- January 1 – King James I of England attends the masque The Golden Age Restored, a satire by Ben Jonson on a fallen court favorite, the Earl of Somerset. The King asks for a repeat performance on January 4.
- February 1 – King James I of England grants Ben Jonson an annual pension of 100 marks, making him de facto poet laureate.
- March 5 – Nicolaus Copernicus' De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (1543) is placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum by the Roman Catholic Church.
- March 19 – Sir Walter Ralegh, English explorer of the New World, is released from the Tower of London, where he was imprisoned for treason and has been composing The Historie of the World, in order to conduct a second (ill-fated) expedition in search of El Dorado in South America.
- April 22 (Gregorian calendar) – Miguel de Cervantes dies (three days after completing Los Trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda) in Madrid and is buried the following day in the Trinitarias convent there.
- April 23 (Julian calendar) – William Shakespeare dies (on or about his 52nd birthday) in retirement in Stratford-upon-Avon and is buried two days later in the Church of the Holy Trinity there.
- June 10 – Foundation date of Ets Haim Library, housed from 1675 at the Portuguese Synagogue (Amsterdam).
- August – Christopher Beeston acquires the lease of the Cockpit off Drury Lane in London and converts it into a theatre.
- October/November – Ben Jonson's satirical five-act comedy The Devil is an Ass is produced at the Blackfriars Theatre, London, by the King's Men, poking fun at contemporary credence in witchcraft (published 1631).
- November 6/25 – Ben Jonson's works are published in a collected folio edition; the first of any English playwright.
- December 25 – Ben Jonson's Christmas, His Masque is presented before King James I of England.
- George Chapman's translations of Homer, previously issued in piecemeal fashion, are published complete for the first time, as The Whole Works of Homer, the first full English-language edition.
- Marie Venier, called Laporte, is the first actress to appear on the stage in Paris.
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- ^ Searles, Colbert (1925). "Allusions to the Contemporary Theater of 1616 by Francois Osset". Modern Language Notes. 40 (8): 481–483.
- ^ "Mirror of the Cruel and Horrible Spanish Tyranny Perpetrated in the Netherlands, by the Tyrant, the Duke of Alba, and Other Commanders of King Philip II". World Digital Library. 1620. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
- ^ Logan, Terence P.; Smith, Denzell S., eds. (1975). The Popular School: A Survey and Bibliography of Recent Studies in English Renaissance Drama. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. p. 69.
- ^ Date evidence, etc.
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