1670 in literature
This article contains information about the literary events and publications of 1670.
Il y a plus de quarante ans que je dis de la prose sans que j'en susse rien. (For more than forty years I've been speaking prose without knowing anything about it) – Monsieur Jourdain, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme
- January – Françoise-Marguerite, daughter of Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, marries the Comte de Grignan.
- August 18 – John Dryden is appointed historiographer royal in England.
- September 20 – Mrs Aphra Behn's first play, The Forced Marriage, is produced at the Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre in London by the Duke's Company, with Thomas Betterton in the lead.
- October 14 – The première of Molière's comedy Le Bourgeois gentilhomme is performed by his troupe with himself in the title rôle, before the French royal court at the Château de Chambord, with incidental music by Jean-Baptiste Lully.
- November 21 – The première of Racine's tragedy Berenice takes place with the Comédiens du Roi at the Hôtel de Bourgogne in Paris.
- unknown date – Julian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love, the earliest known surviving book in English by a woman (written in the late 14th century) is printed for the first time, in an edition by Serenus de Cressy.
- Charles Cotton – Voyage to Ireland in Burlesque
- Madame de La Fayette – Zayde
- Fulke Greville – The Remains of Sir Fulke Greville Lord Brooke
- Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen – Die Ertzbetrügerin and Landstörtzerin Courasche and Der seltsame Springinsfeld
- Honcho Tsugan (Japanese classic text)
- Pierre Daniel Huet – Traitté de l'origine des romans (Treatise on the Origin of Novels)
- Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon – The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England
- Julian of Norwich – Revelations of Divine Love
- Gilles Ménage – Dictionnaire étymologique (2nd edition)
- Juan de Palafox y Mendoza – Historia de la conquista de la China por el Tartaro (History of the Conquest of China by the Tartars)
- Blaise Pascal – Pensées (posthumously published)
- William Penn – The Great Cause of Liberty of Conscience
- John Ray – English Proverbs
- Thomas Tenison – The Creed of Mr. Hobbes Examined
- Izaak Walton – Life of George Herbert
- Leonard Willan – The Exact Politician, or Complete Statesman
- María de Ágreda – Mística ciudad de Dios y vida de la Virgen manifestada por ella misma
- Diego de Saavedra Fajardo – República literaria
- Aphra Behn – The Forced Marriage
- Thomas Betterton – The Amorous Widow, or the Wanton Wife (adapted from Molière)
- John Caryll – Sir Salomon, or the Cautious Coxcomb
- John Dryden – The Conquest of Granada
- Edward Howard – The Women's Conquest
- William Joyner – The Roman Empress
- Molière – Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
- Jean Racine – Bérénice
- Thomas Shadwell – The Humorists
- Juan Bautista Diamante – Parte I de comedias
- January 2 – Thomas Yalden, English poet, translator and clergyman (died 1736)
- January 24 – William Congreve, English dramatist (died 1729)
- April 23 – Cassandra Willoughby, Duchess of Chandos, English historian and travel writer (died 1735)
- October 26 – Johann Joachim Lange, German Protestant theologian and philosopher (died 1744)
- November 15 – Bernard Mandeville, Dutch-born English satirist and philosopher (died 1733)
- November 30 – John Toland, Irish controversialist (died 1722)
- December 21 – Jean-Baptiste Dubos (l'Abbé Du Bos), French historian (died 1742)
- unknown date – Laurence Echard, English historian (died 1730)
- probable – Richard Laughton, natural philosopher (died 1723)
- February 17 – Elizabeth Barnard, granddaughter of William Shakespeare (born 1608)
- March 10 – Ludovicus a S. Carolo, French Carmelite scholar, writer and bibliographer (born 1608)
- March 31 – Jacob Westerbaen, Dutch poet (born 1599)
- May 19 – Ferdinando Ughelli, Italian church historian (born 1595)
- June 14 – François Annat, French Jesuit theologian (born 1590)
- June 17 – Henry Oxenden, poet (born 1609)
- August 7 – Ignacio de Arbieto, Peruvian philosopher and historian (born 1585)
- September 11 – Žygimantas Liauksminas, Lithuanian theologian, philosopher and musicologist (born 1596/97)
- October 27 – Vavasor Powell, Welsh Puritan writer and preacher (born 1617)
- November 15 – John Amos Comenius (Jan Amos Komenský), Czech teacher and author (born 1592)
- December – John Sparrow, translator (born 1615)
- December 11 – Thomas Adams, English scholar and theologian (born 1633)
- The letters of Madame de Sevigne to her daughter and friends, Roberts Bros, 1878. Accessed 27 February 2013
- Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. p. 274. ISBN 0-304-35730-8.
- "Behn, Aphra (c. 1640–1689)". novelguide.com. 2004. Archived from the original on 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2011-01-28.
- Jean-Baptiste Lully (1990). Le bourgeois gentilhomme: ouverture (1670). King's Music.
- Garreau, Joseph E. (1984), "Jean Racine", in Hochman, Stanley (ed.), McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama, 4 (2nd ed.), New York: McGraw-Hill, p. 194, ISBN 978-0-07-079169-5
- Julian of Norwich (1978). Colledge, Edmund; Walsh, James (eds.). Showings. Paulist Press.
julian of norwich showings
- Anna Marie Roos (12 February 2015). The Correspondence of Dr. Martin Lister (1639-1712). Volume One: 1662-1677. BRILL. p. 260. ISBN 978-90-04-26332-1.
- Emmanuel Sampath Nelson (2004). The Age of Milton: An Encyclopedia of Major 17th-century British and American Authors. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 157. ISBN 978-0-313-31008-9.
- Alban K. Forcione (8 March 2015). Cervantes, Aristotle, and the Persiles. Princeton University Press. p. 51. ISBN 978-1-4008-6864-3.
- Unitarian Historical Society (England) (1931). Transactions of the Unitarian Historical Society. Lindsey Press. p. 15.
- The Cambridge History of English Literature: Cavalier and Puritan. The University Press. 1961. p. 301.
- Don Herzog (30 April 2013). Household Politics: Conflict in Early Modern England. Yale University Press. p. 77. ISBN 0-300-18078-0.
- Library Resources, inc (1972). The Microbook Library of English Literature: 1660 to 1784. p. 63.
- Harold Bloom (1985). The Critical Perspective. Chelsea House Publishers. p. 1872. ISBN 978-0-87754-792-1.
- George Ticknor (1863). History of Spanish Literature. Trübner. p. 424.
- Francisco de Quevedo (1670). Las tres musas ultimas castellanas: Segunda cumbre del parnasso español. Imprenta Real.
- "William Congreve | English dramatist". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
- Heiner F. Klemme; Manfred Kuehn (30 June 2016). The Bloomsbury Dictionary of Eighteenth-Century German Philosophers. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 456. ISBN 978-1-4742-5600-1.
- Bernard Mandeville (2012). The Fable of the Bees (Annotated Edition). Jazzybee Verlag. p. 3. ISBN 978-3-8496-1900-8.
- John Toland; Pierre Desmaizeaux (1814). A New Edition of Toland's History of the Druids: With an Abstract of His Life and Writings; and a Copious Appendix, Containing Notes, Critical, Philological, and Explanatory. J. Watt. p. 41.
- Alfred Lombard (1969). L'abbé Du Bos: un initiateur de la pensée moderne (1670-1742). Slatkine. p. 4.
- Gascoigne, John. "Laughton, Richard". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/16124. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- Samuel Schoenbaum; Distinguished Professor of Renaissance Literature and Director Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies S Schoenbaum (1987). William Shakespeare: A Compact Documentary Life. Oxford University Press. p. 319. ISBN 978-0-19-505161-2.
- Joseph Timothy Haydn (1870). Haydn's Universal Index of Biography from the Creation to the Present Time: For the Use of the Statesman, the Historian, and the Journalist. Moxon. p. 546.
- University of Oxford (1968). 1500-1714. Kraus Reprint. p. 1064.
- Steponas Maculevičius (1999). Acquaintance with Lithuania: Book of the Millennium. Kraštotvarka. p. 118. ISBN 978-9986-892-28-1.
- Stephen K. Roberts. "Powell, Vavasor (1617–1670)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/22662. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.) This notes that there is no written record of his attending Jesus College.
- Bo Andersson; Lucinda Martin; Leigh Penman; Andrew Weeks (13 November 2018). Jacob Böhme and His World. BRILL. p. 357. ISBN 978-90-04-38509-2.