1685 in literature
This article contains information about the literary events and publications of 1685.
- January 22 – Antoine Furetière is expelled from the Académie française for proposing to publish a complete dictionary of the French language himself.
- February – The death of King Charles II of England brings a major theatrical flop in the Restoration era: Albion and Albanius – an allegorical drama in praise of the king with a text by John Dryden and music by Louis Grabu – is in rehearsal at the time.
- June – A revised version of Albion and Albanius fails largely because it coincides with the invasion of the Duke of Monmouth.
- June – Parliament revives the Printing Act of 1662, limiting London printers.
- unknown date – The Fourth Folio of Shakespeare's works is published in London.
- Scipion Abeille – Histoire des Os ("Description of the Bones")
- Aphra Behn – Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister
- Ihara Saikaku – Five Women Who Loved Love
- John Spencer – De Legibus Hebraeorum, Ritualibus et earum Rationibus libri tres
- Jean Galbert de Campistron – Andronic
- John Crowne – Sir Courtly Nice
- Thomas d'Urfey
- Nahum Tate
- March 18 – Francis Harold, Irish Franciscan historian (year of birth not known)
- c. April 14 – Thomas Otway, English dramatist (born 1652)
- April 29 – Luc d'Achery, French author of critical editions of medieval manuscripts (born 1609)
- June 16 – Anne Killigrew, English poet and painter (born 1660)
- June 17 – Andrew Allam, English historian (born 1655)
- July 1 – Nalan Xingde, Chinese ci poet (born 1655)
- September 25 – Jean Cabassut, French theologian (born 1604)
- October 23 – Yamaga Sokō (山鹿 素行), Japanese philosopher (born 1622)
- unknown date – Placido Puccinelli, Italian historian (born 1609)
- Helen Julia McKinney (1936). Antoine Furetière, Novelist. University of California, Berkeley. p. 43.
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- "Thomas D'Urfey". English Poetry 1579-1830: Spenser and the Tradition. Archived from the original on 2014-05-31. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
- John McClintock (1874). Cyclopædia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper. p. 6.
- Bibliotheca Britannica; Or a General Index to British and Foreign Literature. By Robert Watt, M.D. in Two Parts: - Authors and Subjects. 1824. p. 776.