1653 in literature
This article contains information about the literary events and publications of 1653.
- January 17 – John Evelyn begins to set out gardens at Sayes Court, Deptford, the house he has recently bought.
- March 26 – James Shirley's masque Cupid and Death is performed before the Portuguese ambassador in London.
- June – English actor Robert Cox is arrested at the Red Bull Theatre in London for performing a "droll" deemed to be a play (prohibited during the English Interregnum).
- September 9 – London publisher Humphrey Moseley enters into the Stationers' Register the plays The History of Cardenio (1613), attributed posthumously to William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, and Henry I (1624) and Henry II, attributed to Shakespeare and Robert Davenport; none survive.
- Ralph Austen – A Treatise on Fruit-trees, showing the manner of grafting, setting, pruning, and ordering of them in all respects
- Baltasar Gracián – El criticón (second part)
- Blaise Pascal – Traité du triangle arithmétique
- Jeremy Taylor – Twenty-five Sermons
- Sir Thomas Urquhart
- Izaak Walton -The Compleat Angler
- Arthur Wilson – The History of Great Britain, being the Life and Reign of King James I
- Richard Brome – Five New Plays, a collection of his dramas including A Mad Couple Well-Match'd, The Novella, The Court Beggar, The City Wit, and The Damoiselle
- John Ford (attributed) – The Queen (published)
- William Heminges – The Fatal Contract published
- Henry Killigrew – Pallantus and Eudora published (Killigrew's revision of his own The Conspiracy, 1638)
- Philippe Quinault – Les Rivales
- James Shirley – The Court Secret (published)
- Lope de Vega – La discreta enamorada
- Agustín Moreto – El lindo don Diego
- Paul Scarron – Don Japhel d'Arménie
- May 26 – Robert Filmer, English political theorist (born 1558)
- July 10 – Gabriel Naudé, French librarian and scholar (born 1600)
- September 3 – Claudius Salmasius, French classical scholar (born 1588)
- September 23 – Jacques Goar, French Hellenist (born 1601)
- October 15 – Piaras Feiritéar, Irish-language poet and rebel (hanged; born c. 1600)
- December – John Taylor, English poet and waterman (born 1578)
- Unknown date
- John Evelyn (11 July 2018). The Diary of John Evelyn (Volume 1 of 2). ЛитРес. p. 278. ISBN 978-5-04-082558-5.
- The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature. 1: 600–1660. 1974. p. 1728.
- Dr Roger Clegg; Ms Lucie Skeaping (2 March 2015). Singing Simpkin and other Bawdy Jigs: Musical Comedy on the Shakespearean Stage: Scripts, Music and Context. University of Exeter Press. pp. 53–. ISBN 978-0-85989-962-8.
- "Margaret Cavendish". The British Library. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
- Ihor Ševcenko (23 December 2011). Chronographiae quae Theophanis Continuati nomine fertur Liber quo Vita Basilii Imperatoris amplectitur: Recensuit Anglice vertit indicibus instruxit Ihor Ševcenko. Walter de Gruyter. p. 24. ISBN 978-3-11-022739-0.
- Rinaldina Russell (1994). Italian Women Writers: A Bio-bibliographical Sourcebook. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 234. ISBN 978-0-313-28347-5.