1662 in literature
This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1662.
- February 15 – The first performance of Sir William Davenant's The Law Against Lovers – the first Restoration adaptation of Shakespeare, consisting of an amalgam of Measure for Measure and Much Ado About Nothing, was given by the Duke's Company at its new theater in Lincoln's Inn Fields, London.
- September 29 – Samuel Pepys in his diary calls the King's Company production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in London "the most insipid, ridiculous play that ever I saw in my life."
- December 26 – The première of Molière's comedy The School for Wives (L'École des femmes) is held at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal (rue Saint-Honoré) in Paris.
- Two autos sacramentales by Pedro Calderón de la Barca – Las órdenes militares and Mística y real Babilonia – are the subject of an inquiry by the Spanish Inquisition. The former is censured and its manuscript copies confiscated, and remains condemned until 1671.
- The Parliament of England passes the first Printing Act of the Restoration era, the Licensing of the Press Act, which restricts London printing to a total of 24 printing houses, each with no more than three presses and three apprentices. Books printed abroad are banned. Roger L'Estrange is granted a warrant to seize seditious books or pamphlets.
- John Ogilby, Master of the Revels in Ireland, opens the first Theatre Royal, Dublin, in Smock Alley.
- Book of Common Prayer (revised)
- Sarah Blackborow – The Oppressed Prisoners' Complaint
- Margaret Cavendish – Orations of Diverse Persons
- Cyrano de Bergerac (posthumous) – États et Empires du Soleil (The States and Empires of the Sun)
- Franciscus van den Enden – Kort Verhael van Nieuw-Nederland (Brief Account of New Netherlands)
- John Evelyn – Sculptura: or The history, and art of chalcography and engraving in copper...
- Thomas Fuller – The History of the Worthies of England
- John Heydon
- Adam Olearius – The Voyages & Travels of the Ambassadors (translated by John Davies, of Kidwelly)
- Margaret Cavendish – Plays Written by the Thrice Noble, Illustrious and Excellent Princess, the Lady Marchioness of Newcastle (closet dramas)
- Aston Cockayne – The Tragedy of Ovid published
- Pierre Corneille – Sertorius
- Sir William Davenant – The Law Against Lovers
- William Heminges – The Jews' Tragedy published
- Robert Howard – The Committee
- Francis Kirkman (probable compiler) – The Wits, or Sport for Sport (collection of drolleries)
- Thomas Middleton and John Webster – Anything for a Quiet Life published
- Molière – The School for Wives
- John Wilson – The Cheats
- January 27 – Richard Bentley, English classicist (died 1742)
- October 18 – Matthew Henry, English Bible commentator (died 1714)
- Baptized December 17 – Samuel Wesley, English poet and author (died 1735)
- March 10 – Samuel Hartlib, German-born English polymath (born 1600)
- March 30 – François le Métel de Boisrobert, French poet (born 1592)
- May – Daniel de Priézac, French political writer (born 1590)
- August 17 – Richard Hubberthorne, English Quaker preacher and writer (born 1628)
- August 19 – Blaise Pascal, French philosopher (born 1623)
- Shakespeare, William (2003). Much Ado about Nothing. Cambridge University Press. p. 26. ISBN 9781139835244.
- "Samuel Pepys on Shakespeare: 'insipid', 'ridiculous', 'silly'". Royal Museums Greenwich. 15 January 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2018.[permanent dead link]
- "School For Wives – Swan Theatre Company". www.swantheatrecompany.co.uk. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- Fiore, Robert L. (2015). Drama and Ethos: Natural-Law Ethics in Spanish Golden Age Theater. University Press of Kentucky. p. 109. ISBN 9780813162942.
- "Charles II, 1662: An Act for preventing the frequent Abuses in printing seditious treasonable and unlicensed Bookes and Pamphlets and for regulating of Printing and Printing Presses". www.british-history.ac.uk. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- "Sir Roger L'Estrange – English journalist". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- Tibus, Website design and development by. "Smock Alley Theatre, 1662". www.discoverireland.ie. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- "1662 Book of Common Prayer". Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- Prior, Mary (2005). Women in English Society, 1500–1800. Routledge. p. 1670. ISBN 9781134897292.
- Olsen, Kirstin (1994). Chronology of Women's History. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 77. ISBN 9780313288036.
- "Les États et empires du soleil – Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac (1619–1655)". Resources from the BnF. 1662. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- Bloemendal, Jan; Eversmann, Peter; Strietman, Elsa (2012). Drama, Performance and Debate: Theatre and Public Opinion in the Early Modern Period. BRILL. p. 315. ISBN 9789004236998.
-  British Library. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
- "Thomas Fuller – English scholar, preacher, and author". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- Heydon, John (1662). The Harmony of the World: Being a Discourse Wherein the Phaenomena of Nature are Consonantly Salved and Adapted to Inferiour Intellects. Henry Brome.
- Heydon, John (21 March 1993). English Physician's Guide, Or A Holy Guide. Kessinger Publishing Co. ASIN 1564593517 .
- Bibliographical details Retrieved 12 September 2017. Archived 2017-09-13 at the Wayback Machine
- Dickinson, Peter; Higgins, Anne; Pierre, Paul Matthew St; Solomon, Diana; Zwagerman, Sean (2014). Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 56. ISBN 9781611476446.
- Watson, George (1974). The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature. Cambridge University Press. p. 1893. ISBN 9780521200042.
- "Sertorius". lister.history.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- Gilliland, Thomas (1808). The Dramatic Mirror: Containing the History of the Stage from the Earliest Period to the Present Time. C. Chapple. p. 373.
- "Sir Robert Howard – English dramatist". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- "The Wits, or, Sport upon sport. Part I in select pieces of drollery, digested into scenes by way of dialogue: together with variety of humors of several nations, fitted for the pleasure and content of all persons, either in court, city, countrey, or camp: the like never before published". ota.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- Taylor, Gary; Lavagnino, John (2007). Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture: A Companion to the Collected Works. Oxford University Press. p. 67. ISBN 9780199678730.
- Partridge, Eric (2015). A Dictionary of the Underworld: British and American. Routledge. p. 1552. ISBN 9781317445524.
- Welch, Anthony (2012). The Renaissance Epic and the Oral Past. Yale University Press. p. 1661. ISBN 978-0300188998.
- "Michael Wigglesworth – American theologian and writer". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- de Quehen, Hugh (2004). "Bentley, Richard (1662–1742), philologist and classical scholar". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/2169. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- Henry, Matthew (2018). Deuteronomy – Complete Bible Commentary Verse by Verse. Selected Christian Literature. p. 5. ISBN 9788582184141.
- Rack, Henry D. (2004). "Wesley, Samuel (bap. 1662, d. 1735), Church of England clergyman and poet". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/29070. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- "CreatorsHudson, John (1662-1719), classical scholar and Bodley's Librarian". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- "Hartlib, Samuel". galileo.rice.edu. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- "François Le Métel, seigneur de Boisrobert – French dramatist". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- "Daniel de Priezac (1590–1662)". data.bnf.fr. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- Gill, Catie (2004). "Hubberthorne, Richard (bap. 1628, d. 1662), Quaker activist". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/14018. Retrieved 4 June 2018. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- "Blaise Pascal - Biography, Facts, & Inventions". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- Black, J. William. "Jeanes, Henry (1611–1662), Church of England clergyman". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/14677. Retrieved 4 June 2018. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)