1642 in literature
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This article contains information about the literary events and publications of 1642.
- May – The 35-year-old John Milton marries the teenage Mary Powell. A few weeks later she leaves him in London and returns to her family in Oxfordshire.
- May/June – English Cavalier poet Richard Lovelace is incarcerated in the Gatehouse Prison, Westminster for defying Parliament. During his time there he may be writing "To Althea, from Prison".
- September 2 – The theatres in London are closed by the Puritan government; the "lascivious mirth and levity" of stage plays are to "cease and be forborn" for the next 18 years, during the English Civil War and the Interregnum. Richard Brome's A Jovial Crew is reportedly staged on the final day, making it the last to be performed in the era of English Renaissance theatre.
- Thomas Browne – Religio Medici
- Gauthier de Costes, seigneur de la Calprenède – Cassandre
- Thomas Fuller – The Holy State and the Profane State
- Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft – Nederduytsche Historiën (History of the Netherlands, publication begins)
- Sir Walter Ralegh – The Prince, or Maxims of State
- Alonso de Castillo Solórzano – La garduña de Sevilla y anzuelo de las bolsas
- Tohfatu'l-Ahbab, a Farsi work by Muhammad Ali Kashmiri
- Antonio Coello – Los empeños de seis horas (approximate date)
- Pierre Corneille – Polyeucte
- François le Métel de Boisrobert – La Belle Palène
- Donaires del gusto
- Pierre du Ryer – Saul
- Francis Jaques – The Queen of Corsica
- James Shirley – The Sisters
- Jan Vos – Klucht van Oene (The Farce of Oene)
- March 15 (baptised) – Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, English politician and writer (died 1711)
- April 21 – Simon de la Loubère, French diplomat, writer, mathematician and poet (died 1729)
- April 30 – Christian Weise, German dramatist and poet (died 1708)
- December 30 – Vincenzo da Filicaja, Florentine poet (died 1707)
- Unknown dates
- Josep Romaguera, Catalan author (died 1723)
- Probable year of birth
- May 14 – Nicolas Ysambert, French theologian (born c. 1565)
- June 1 – Sir John Suckling, English poet (born 1609)
- July 5 – Festus Hommius, Dutch Calvinist theologian (born 1576)
- Unknown dates
- Campbell, Gordon (2004). "Milton, John (1608–1674)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/18800. Retrieved 2013-10-25. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
- Wood, Anthony. Athenæ Oxonienses.
- Muḥammad, A. K., & Pandit, K. N. (2009). A Muslim missionary in mediaeval Kashmir: Being the English translation of Tohfatu'l-ahbab. New Delhi: Voice of India.
- Nathan Haskell Dole (December 2003). The Bibliophile Dictionary: A Biographical Record of the Great Authors. The Minerva Group, Inc. pp. 577–. ISBN 978-1-4102-1040-1.
- Anthony a Wood (1967). Athen Oxonienses: An Exact History of All the Writers and Bishops who Have Had Their Education in the University of Oxford. B. Franklin. p. 1620.