1674 in literature
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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1674.
- The poet Isaac de Benserade is elected to the French Academy, along with the churchman and scholar Pierre Daniel Huet.
- Thomas Ken and Izaak Walton visit Rome together.
- The new Theatre Royal, Drury Lane opens in March. Designed by Christopher Wren, it replaces the original theatre that burned down in 1672.
- Schlosstheater Celle is founded. By the 21st century it will be the oldest surviving theatre in Germany.
- The derivative nature of Restoration drama is displayed when the Duke's Company produces Thomas Shadwell's "operatic" re-adaptation of Dryden and Davenant's 1667 adaptation of The Tempest. In response, their rivals at the King's Company stage The Mock Tempest, or the Enchanted Castle by Thomas Duffet.
- Samuel Chappuzeau – Le Théâtre François
- Charles Cotton – The Compleat Gamester
- John Evelyn – Navigation and Commerce
- John Josselyn – An Account of the Voyages to New England, London: Printed for Giles Widdows
- Thomas Ken – Manual of Prayers for the use of the Scholars of Winchester College
- Anthony Wood – Historia et antiquitates Universitatis Oxoniensis
- Anonymous (and John Dryden?) – The Mistaken Husband
- Juan Bautista Diamante – Parte II de comedias
- William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle – The Triumphant Widow
- Pierre Corneille – Suréna
- John Crowne – Andromache
- Sir William Davenant – Macbeth, a "dramatic opera" adapted from Shakespeare's play, is published
- Thomas Duffet (attributed to) – The Amorous Old Woman
- The Empress of Morocco: a Farce
- The Mock Tempest
- Nathaniel Lee – The Tragedy of Nero, Emperour of Rome
- Jean Racine – Iphigénie
- January 15 – Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, French poet and dramatist (died 1762)
- June 20 – Nicholas Rowe (dramatist) English dramatist and Poet Laureate (died 1718)
- October – Thomas Ruddiman, Scottish classicist (died 1757)
- October 6 – Nicolas-Hubert de Mongault, French writer and cleric (died 1746)
- December – Christmas Samuel, Welsh writer and minister (died 1764)
- March 7 – Charles Sorel, sieur de Souvigny, French novelist (born 1602)
- June 14 – Marin le Roy de Gomberville, French poet and novelist (born 1600)
- August 13 – Lucidor (Lars Johansson), Swedish burlesque poet (born 1638; killed in duel)
- September 27
- October – Robert Herrick, English poet (born 1591)
- November 8 – John Milton, English poet and polemicist (born 1608)
- December 9 – Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon English historian and statesman (born 1609)
- Unknown dates